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Delaware X Hampshire Cross (Indian River)

Delaware Chicken Rooster Parent Stock used for producing the excellent cross of Delaware X Hampshire birds.

Delaware Chicken Rooster Parent Stock

New Hampshire Chicken Hen Parent Stock used for producing the excellent Delaware X Hampshire Cross birds.

New Hampshire Chicken Hen Parent Stock

Delaware x New Hampshire day old chicks

Delaware x New Hampshire (Indian River) day old chicks

“ A photo of a small flock  of Delaware X Hampshire chickens. This photo is of the offspring cross of the parent stock. The offspring look similar  the  pure Delaware chicken.”

A photo of a small flock of Delaware X Hampshire chickens.  This photo is of the offspring cross of the parent stock.  The offspring look similar to the pure Delaware chicken.

Art by Diane Jacky

Art by Diane Jacky

Delaware X Hampshire (Indian Runner) Chicken




Delaware X Hampshire Cross (Indian River) Chicken Breed Information and Chicken Facts

Delaware X Hampshire (Indian River) Chicken Breed Information:

This is a cross between a purebred Delaware Chicken Rooster over the pure New Hampshire Chicken hen. This cross makes for a vigorous healthier chicken and is used for dual purpose - both meat and egg production. This breed is also known by the name "Indian River Cross Broiler” and was one of the first strains making its way into the main street broiler market in 1947. Some called this new broiler “Baby Beef Broilers”. The Indian River Poultry Farm, Inc., Ocean View, Delaware conducted large grow out test at the Delaware Broiler Sub-Station at Georgetown- at the time the world’s largest experiment station devoted entirely to meat chickens and this cross proved to have more weight, yellow skin and dressed cleanly. In 1948, hatcheries were selected and produced 30,000,000 Indian River Cross chicks that year. In today’s market however what developed for America’s passion for chicken is the modern day broiler Cornish cross chicken. This happened because of the rapid growth obtained and feed conversion rate on the Cornish cross.

Chicken Facts:

  • Poultry Show Class: No official Show Class at this time

  • Weights -   Hen-----6 1/2 lbs        Rooster------8 1/2 lbs
                       Pullet---5 1/2 lbs        Cockerel----7 1/2 lbs

  • Purpose - Dual Purpose: egg laying and meat production

  • Egg Shell Color - Brown

  • Egg Production - Good, 200 - 280 eggs per year (*estimates only, see FAQ)

  • Country of Origin - United States

  •  APA: -No

  • ALBC: -No

  • BREEDER FARM SOURCE: “ Cackle Hatchery®  Poultry Breeding Farm” developing our bloodline or strain of Delaware X Hampshire (Indian River) since 1951.


Cackle Hatchery®  has these chickens for sale. If you would like just a few chicks for sale then check out our Small Poultry Order or City/Town Chicken Specials and also our Backyard Chicken Houses.

Minimum of 5 birds of each breed, variety, color, or sex. ONLY EXCEPTIONS: If you are ordering pullets, you may order 1 or 2 cockerels to go with them or UNLESS YOU ARE ORDERING ONE OF THE CITY-TOWN OR SMALL ORDER SPECIALS”  

Straight Run, Pullets and Cockerels are shipped at 1 day of age, the chicks arrive at your post office at 2-3 days of age You MUST have a minimum order of 15 chicks total. 

Breed  Group Quantity Per Chick Price
To Purchase
DelawarexHampshire (Indian River) Straight Run 5 2.45 12.25
DelawarexHampshire (Indian River) Straight Run 10 2.40 24.00
DelawarexHampshire (Indian River) Straight Run 15 2.25 33.75
DelawarexHampshire (Indian River) Straight Run 25 2.10 52.50
DelawarexHampshire (Indian River) Straight Run 50 1.90 95.00
DelawarexHampshire (Indian River) Straight Run 100 1.75 175.00
DelawarexHampshire (Indian River) Pullets 5 2.85 14.25
DelawarexHampshire (Indian River) Pullets 10 2.80 28.00
DelawarexHampshire (Indian River) Pullets 15 2.70 40.50
DelawarexHampshire (Indian River) Pullets 25 2.55 63.75
DelawarexHampshire(Indian River) Pullets 50 2.35 117.50
DelawarexHampshire (Indian River) Pullets 100 2.20 220.00
DelawarexHampshire (Indian River) Cockerels 1-9 2.00 2.00

DelawarexHampshire (Indian River) Cockerels 10 1.50 15.00
DelawarexHampshire (Indian River) Cockerels 15 1.35 20.25
DelawarexHampshire (Indian River) Cockerels 25 1.25 31.25
DelawarexHampshire (Indian River) Cockerels 50 1.05 52.50
DelawarexHampshire (Indian River) Cockerels 100 .75 75.00

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