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.