Before the Cornish Cross revolutionized the broiler industry, Barred Rock roosters were mated with New Hampshire Red hens to create a popular fast-growing broiler hybrid known as an Indian River. Every once in a while, this pairing would produce a chicken that didn’t look like the others, mostly white with black neck, tail and wing feathers. In the 1940’s, Delaware farmers began breeding these odd-balls together until they became consistent enough to be considered their own breed.
Delawares are now fast-growing dual purpose breeds, making them suitable egg-layers and meat birds. They are intelligent, friendly and even playful. Our own Delawares are known for chasing the golf cart in search of tasty treats.