Delaware Chicken
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The Delaware Chicken is a medium-sized American Chicken breed that was developed in the State of Delaware, originally as “Indian River Chickens,” by George Ellis in 1940. It was bred from a cross of a barred Plymouth Rock Chicken rooster and a New Hampshire Chicken hen. Delawares were a decent utility breed, but were initially raised as Broilers. They have since been replaced by the Cornish/Rock chicken crosses, which now dominate the industry. Consequently, the breed, which has large, bright red colored single combs and wattles, is threatened.

Culinary Uses

The breed grows quickly, up to 8 lbs (3.63 kg) for cocks and 6 lbs (2.7 kg) for hens, and has decent Egg production.