I’ve always been interested in this bird, but know little about them. They seem to be available at hatcheries, although in moderate numbers. After reading this article, thought I was sold… until I read all the reviews and the word noisy kept popping up!
Passing the information along to you, maybe they’ll be of interest to you.
Delaware aka Indian River
The Indian River was developed in the 1940s in the United States by George Ellis in the state of Delaware. He selected the occasional light colored sport produced from the popular broiler cross of Barred Plymouth Rock roosters and New Hampshire hens. Continue Reading Backyard Chickens | Chicken Breed Focus – Delaware
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Below is one of two coops that has been predator proofed, I’m confident there’s no chance of any predator ever getting inside. My once not so handy husband is turning into quite a hand! He’s not much into the chickens, but he was pretty upset about the coyote attack and this is what he did for our feathered family members. Coop is now raised 21″ high, and and has a solid wood floor. I dare even a tiny sparrow to find entry!
This coop is where chicks go after they leave the brooder, they’ll stay here until they’re ready to join the flock at about four months old.
Piper and Cookie, a Standard Cochin and Buff Silkie are the only youngsters who survived the predator ordeal three weeks ago. They are from my Fall 2015 chicks, and although integrated into the existing flock, still stick together as best pals. So happy they still have each other. They’re inseparable, they even lay their eggs together!
I’ve said in the past to keep flock members that are all about the same size to minimize bullying… but I’m kinda sorta changing my mind about that. Piper is close to seven pounds and Cookie is barely a pound, no problems with the other lightweights in the flock either. However, let’s just say it’s always a good idea to keep in mind that sometimes size does matter in the chicken world.
1st choice: Black-tailed White Japanese Bantams
I’ve never had bantams before, thought this year I might see if I can locate a few Japanese bantams. My Pet Chicken carries them, but they are out of stock. 😦
Bantams aren’t anything special other than for their size, they are small, about half the size of a chicken. Japanese bantams aren’t easy to find, but lately, they have been advertised on Craigslist by a private party about 30 miles from here. They most likely won’t be sexed, but I’m positive re-homing roosters of this breed will be a breeze.
If I don’t find my pretty bantams of choice, I’m choosing the Delaware. They are available Sept. 30th from My Pet Chicken, but hopefully I can find them local, shipping is pretty spendy!
I’ve chosen this breed because I may try to hatch fertile eggs. The Delaware is a setter, and hopefully at least one of these ladies would like to be a foster mommy.
The brooder is ready, but the coop for young pullets? Well… it’s gone, I sold it, ha ha! Better get busy!