Day Old Delaware New Hampshire Cross Baby Chicks
Hatching February to August.
During the time that most families kept chickens, flock keepers worked to breed birds that would lay plenty of eggs, provide meat for their tables, and that were hardy enough to survive even when times were tough. Through that work, they discovered the Delaware, New Hampshire Cross.
Production: One of the reasons people prefer this cross is that it produces a bird with excellent egg-laying capabilities. You can expect between 200 - 280 brown eggs from the hens yearly.
Temperament: Vigorous and hardy are the two adjectives most frequently used to describe this cross. Hybrids often display the strongest traits of the two contributing breeds and that is the case with the Delaware, New Hampshire Cross.
History: Flock keepers are almost always working toward obtaining healthier, more productive stock, and in the 1940s and 50s, the Delaware New Hampshire Cross was one of the most popular in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. One reason for its popularity is the fact that adults skin is predominantly white, making for an attractive carcass.
This is not a distinct breed and so is not recognized by the American Poultry Association. However, if you are not interested in exhibiting your birds, but rather in raising healthy animals that will produce food for your family, the Delaware New Hampshire Cross might fit your needs.
Colors: Mostly white, but with some red feathering.
Body Type: A large bird, with a similar body structure to that of the New Hampshire.
Weights: Rooster 8.5 lbs, Hen 6.5 lbs, Cockerel 7.5 lbs, Pullet 5.5 lbs
Classification: American Poultry Association Class: Not recognized by the APA