The Delaware chicken was once known as the "meat chicken" before the CornishX was developed in the 1950's. The breed came about by a crossing of the Barred Rock and the New Hampshire and was prized for it's quick growth, excellent lay rate and the white feathers which made for a clean looking processed table bird. The Delaware has a very friendly personality and an inquisitive, but not aggressive personality. We are on our sixth generation of Delawares here at Eight Acres. Like many of our breeds we consider them a work in progress as we strive for increasingly better type and color. They are an excellent dual purpose breed. Hens lay extra large eggs and reach point of lay at 20-22 weeks. Cockerels are weighing in between 7 and 8 lbs at 24 weeks.