- Delaware Chicken
Originated and developed in the state of Delaware USA in the 1940's and admitted into the American Standard of Perfection in 1952. The Delaware is a dual purpose chicken with a single comb and a layer of brown eggs. Plumage is nearly white with black feathers around the neck and tail and the bird is a rapid grower. Origin comes from a hatchery man crossing Rock-Reds and occasionally a white colored chick would be in a tray considered to be an “off color” a “sport." These white chicks grew very fast and big and, after of years of breeding the white offspring, they eventually became consistent with their color and color patterns and became a standard breed. In the 1980's and 1990's very few of these pure Delaware flocks still existed. Only in the last 15 years has this breed made a comeback. Cackle Hatchery® is proud to be a long time breeder of this beautiful chicken. Our original stock came from Colonial Poultry Farms in Pleasant Hill, Missouri which has long been out of business.
We also offer at limited times of the year Delaware Fertile Hatching Eggs
Delaware Projected Availability
PLEASE NOTE: This availability chart is updated periodically and does not reflect the availability of in-store poultry and does not represent a guarantee of shipping date.
We hatch/ship February - September of each season. See Calendar.
We schedule all orders to ship ASAP when the entire order is available. If you would like to delay your order, you can specify your delay date at checkout.
There is an additional small order fee ($20) charged for orders of only 3-14 poultry. We do not ship less than 3 poultry.
- Poultry Show Class: American
- Weights: Hen-----6 1/2 lbs Rooster------8 1/2 lbs
Pullet---5 1/2 lbs Cockerel----7 1/2 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Primary production, Egg Laying & Pet/Secondary meat source
- Egg Shell Color: Brown
- Egg Production: 180-260 eggs per year. (estimates only, see FAQ)
- Egg Size: Large-Jumbo
- Temperament: Docile
- Gender Accuracy: 85-90%
- Fertility Percentage: 65-80%
- Broody: Setter
- Mating Ratio: 10 Females to 1 Male
- Roost Height: 2 to 4 feet
- Country of Origin: United States, Delaware
- APA: Yes, Recognized by the Standard of Perfection in 1952.
- ALBC: Critical Status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed.
- Breeder Farm Source: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been investing over 40 years of developing our bloodline or strain of pure Delaware.
highly recommended Review by Don
We ordered five Delawares from Cackle last year for our backyard flock. We keep other heavy brown egg layers as well, all of which we like. But we were particularly impressed with how robust these Delawares are. Maybe because Cackle has an especially good breeder flock, or because we had them raised outside by a broody hen (first time we've done that), but this group was wonderfully robust as chicks. They went directly from downy chicks to cute round feathered little pullets - no awkward feathered dinosaur phase in between. Personalities are good - bold and friendly without being mean. And the white color with a bit of black is really nice out in the yard. So far, their egg production is on par with any other brown egg layer. (Posted on 2/2/2018)
Delaware Hens/Cockerals Review by mark
I ordered 15 hens and 3 roosters which arrived as "day old" chicks on the 15th of August. I got my very first egg from this flock on the 17th of September. These birds are quite docile and are very quite. The two roosters that survived (one was attacked by something and died) are not vocal at all as of yet and I know that they are sexually mature because they have been breeding the hens for a good two and a half weeks now. Ive not heard them crow yet and I'm not sure if that is a characteristic of the breed but I'm not complaining! The hens are pretty friendly and I have a couple that will seek out my attention when I'm feeding or working in the coop area. I haven't eaten any of these as the intention was to develop egg layers but at this point (four months old) I think they are still a little light and need to fill out some more. Overall, I would recommend these as they are fast maturing and are a sweet breed of birds. (Posted on 11/20/2017)
Very Happy 1st Time Chick Mom Review by Sierra, Florida
Received my 4 with 1 extra Delawares along with a few other breeds. All chicks arrived healthy & full of energy. 3 weeks later they're doing Great! I'm glad I did my research & ordered from Cackle Hatchery! (Posted on 6/30/2017)
Reserve Grand Champion Worthy Review by Colleen
I ordered Delawares along with 3 other breeds from you last year and I loved all of them! I am in FFA and I show poultry. My Delaware, who I named Honey, won Reserve Grand Champion! Thank you Cackle Hatchery and I look forward to ordering more chicks from you in 2017! (Posted on 12/29/2016)
Healthy chicks that are thriving. Review by Sam, South Carolina
Got our 30 Delaware chicks hatched March 7, 2016. All were in fine shape. They are now 10 weeks old and we have lost none. They are active foragers and curious and gentle. We really enjoy them. We intend to keep some for eggs and put some in the freezer in another 10 weeks. We are very happy with our purchase. (Posted on 5/27/2016)
Excellence Review by Ralph, Upstate NY
I have received my Delaware chick order. They arrived on time, and in perfect condition. The weather for shipping was a bit cold, they were shipped with not only nesting inside to help keep them warm but also a heat pad placed in the bottom. You can't beat a family owned business with the years of experience and the pride that they have in their work. (Posted on 4/14/2016)
The Cackle Team Review by Kimberly, Florida July 2009
My husband and I ordered 15 Delaware chicks (pullets), the order got postponed a bit (which was fine by us) and they came in around the 3rd June 2009 in excellent condition! We have talked to other people that have ordered from other companies) and they have always lost at least one or two of the chicks. So we were almost expecting to lose one. But it did not happen, all of them were just fine. We printed out 2 sheets of the instructions off your website and posted one on the house door going out and the other on the biddy coop. My husband followed the directions to the letter, as I would be tempted to pick them up too much. This was the first time we have ever ordered chicks. But we both have been very impressed and have told several people about your organization. I know for a fact that if the time comes to order chicks again for any reason "Cackle Hatchery" will definitely get our business. Your team is very professional and was able to answer questions via phone and even do a follow up via email. We are enjoying watching them grow and become chickens. Thank you for a job well done and keep it up. (Posted on 12/18/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Jill, Indiana April 2013
Just wanted to tell you that we received our chicks midday on the 17th..and all were perfectly perfect and adorable! Thanks soooooo much for working with us on a quicker ship date:) (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)
I'm very happy! Review by James Oklahoma
I decided to do business with you because of your fair prices. i got my chicks faster than I thought and everyone was alive and healthy. I am very happy and I look forward to doing business again. (Posted on 11/17/2015)
Good Information Review by Teresa Oklahoma May 2010
I just wanted you to know I received my chicks and they are all in really good condition. They are healthy and happy Delaware chicks! I have recommended you all to other people. Although I'm sure you don't need a recommendation. Just a thank you from me. (Posted on 11/17/2015)
Attn: Customer Service Review by Allan Maine May 2010
Know you are all very busy and just wanted to let you know that all that chicks I ordered arrived yesterday and are doing very well. This is my second order from you and I'm very pleased with the birds I get from you. Thanks again and have a great year. (Posted on 11/17/2015)
Order Review by Jim Indiana July 1010
Received order today. They are live and healthy. Everybody done a good job. Even the Post Office. Thanks (Posted on 11/16/2015)
Many Thanks Review by Mary Kansas May 2010
I am very pleased to report that the 4th order has arrived like the rest. All healthy happy vigorous and ready to go. The orders prior to this one have lived and been healthy for the first 2 weeks. Please keep up the good work. Also Superior Customer Service. Again Very Pleased AAA++service. Thanks to you all!!! (Posted on 11/13/2015)
Cackle people Review by Johnette, Texas May 2015
Just to let you know my order was received today and all chicks were in excellent condition! Everyone was healthy and vigorous and seemed happy to be at their new home! Your staff was very pleasant and courteous and we actually received our order a day sooner than expected! Thank you for providing us with quality chicks and great service again! (Posted on 11/9/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Michael Tennessee July 2014
I appreciate the manner in which you packaged the chicks. Certainly much better than other hatcheries that shall remain nameless. You have me as a customer to stay. (Posted on 11/5/2015)