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.
GREAT HATCHERY TO DO BUSINESS WITH Review by JERRY
JERRY, MISSISSIPPI I ORDERED 25 INDIAN RIVER IN 2012 AND NEVER LOST ANY OF THE 26 PULLET CHICKS.THE ONLY COMPLAINT I HAVE IS YOU HAVE NOT HAD ANY INDIAN RIVER CHICKS THE PAST TWO YEARS AND I HAVE HAD TO ORDER OTHER BREEDS INTEAD. GOOD SERVICE AND QUALITY (Posted on 1/20/2016)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Eric, Arkansas March 2013
We received our order this morning, all of the chicks were alive, all 52! So far they seem to be thriving, they appear to be healthy, happy chicks! We thought the packaging was pretty neat! Now if we can just keep them going this is our first time for ordering baby chicks. Your information was a big help. Thanks! (Posted on 11/30/2015)
Chicks you sent me Review by Marsha, Iowa July 2010
You sent me some beautiful birds that are either Delawares or Delaware/Hamp cross. Those birds are the biggest so far. And there is a huge pure white female that may be a Jersey Giant. She is also the largest. They are real nice. (Posted on 11/20/2015)