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Delaware Chickensrnwere originally developed for commercial, dual-purpose use but later they werernreplaced by hybrids. Delawares today make excellent backyard chickens. Theyrntypically lay four, large, brown eggs a week far into the winter months.rnDelawares mature quickly and produce a clean, white-meat table fowl. Chicksrndevelop feathers quicker than most breeds. They handle both cold and heat well.rnUnlike present day commercial breeds, they do well as a free-range, foragingrnchicken. Delawares have dwindled to a few hundred birds. Many breeders keeprnthem today with the goal of preserving the Delaware as one of America'srnheritage breeds.rnrn

rnrnrnrnDelawares bearrnconfinement well. Generally a docile breed, Delawares get along with each otherrnand their humans. They submit to handling without a fuss. However, thernoccasional rooster will exercise his rights to aggressive behavior. Ownersrndescribe the hens as broody but good mothers. On the whole Delawares have arnmild, quiet, and calm disposition suitable to the backyard chicken farmer. Theyrnpossess all the potential of a commercial breed with all the personality of arnbackyard chicken.rnrnrnrn

rnrnDelawares, unlikernmany chickens, have only one variety—the Barred Silver Columbian. The roostersrnweighs eight pounds and the hens six. They both have predominantly whiternplumage. The roosters have black bars on their white tail feathers. The hensrnhave black tail feathers with white lacing. Both genders have black baring inrntheir hackles. They sport moderately large pea combs and wattles. The roostersrnhave a very impressive red, five-point comb. Delaware hens have smaller combs. Theyrnare robust, muscular, and substantial.rnrnrnrn

rnrnThey are adaptablernto hot or cold and make a good choice for the first-time chicken rancher.rnProtect their large comb and wattles during cold spells. Some breeders havernused an application of petroleum jelly as temporary protection againstrnfrostbite. For long-term protection build an insulated, draft-free coop. Takernadvantage of the Delaware's dual-purpose status. Provide good layers goodrnbedding and artificial lighting for maximum egg output. Delawares came on thernpoultry scene relatively late in agriculture history and had little chance tornestablish themselves prior to the onset of hybrid breeds. Help establish andrnpropagate this heritage breed.

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