Delaware Started Pullets
Delaware started pullets are an excellent , docile, friendly backyard or homestead birds.
George Ellis of Delaware (thus the name) developed Delawares in 1940 primarily as a broiler chicken. For 10-20 years they were very popular as a broiler due to the dominance of white feathers, but were replaced by the Cornish X Rock in the late 1950’s.
When a Delaware female is mated with a Rhode Island Red male, a chick is produced whose sex can be determined at birth. The males will have the Delaware coloration, and the females will be solid red.
Delawares make an excellent homestead dual-purpose bird. They have productive egg-layers and are good on the table. They are very calm and friendly – a good bird for young children.