So the hunt has been on for a few particular breeds of chicken to round out the layer flock for the new set of coops and runs. We’ve decided to get back into selling hatching eggs, shipped and locally, simply because it covers the cost of raising the chickens, and while it’s a pretty large pain in the tail, we’ve worked out the kinks that are the worst and gotten more efficient at it than most.
In past years, my sweetie had a nice small flock of the Delaware chicken breed. They’re fantastic brown egg layers, generally pretty hardly and decently tempered, and hatching eggs being shipped from the state of DE was always a bonus selling point. They were aging out of layer age a few years ago when we sold them off at auction and moved to another breed.
So, one would think that, residing in the state of Delaware, they would be easy to find. I prefer to purchase birds, chicks, or hatching eggs directly from a breeder if possible. I like to put my eyes on the parent stock and know where they’re coming from. It’s an unfortunate fact that hatchery poultry is often (not always) a production based, watered down version of the breed. Not much attention is paid sometimes to culling out stock with recessive or undesirable traits.
This being Delaware, I would think the local chicken nuts would be veritably lousy with the little buggers. Not so. My search so far for anyone with local birds who is willing to part with any has come to a grinding halt. Am I really going to have to order Delawares by mail from flipping Idaho? What nonsense is this?
Now, I have been able to find Delaware Blues, which are a game fowl. Eventually, I’d like to have a small batch of these as well, simply because they’re our state bird. (Which is odd, because they’re not even a native species to this COUNTRY) I’m kind of on the fence about this, though. Being a game fowl…well, they’re often purchased or bred for cockfighting, which I just don’t want to encourage or even indirectly be a part of. But they sure are pretty.
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Have they moved the State of Delaware? We should veritably be covered up in both of these breeds, and you’d think I was searching for a rainbow colored unicorn that poops golden eggs and lollipops.