Archive for March, 2013

Delaware Chickens

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Friday, March 29, 2013

The Delaware is a breed of chicken that is primarily suited to meat production but also lays reasonably well. It has plumage of a unique pattern, and is accepted in to poultry standards for showing. Delawares are hardy birds that mature quickly. Hens are good layers of large to jumbo brown eggs and will go broody. Unlike the most common commercial meat birds in use today, the Delaware does well in free range operations.

George Ellis of Delaware created the breed in 1940. He first chose to call them Indian Rivers, but later the name was switched to match its state of origin. At the time, the Delmarva Peninsula, where the breed was created, supplied chicken to the entirety of the East Coast of the United States through companies such as Perdue Farms. The Delaware rapidly became the premiere broiler fowl in use. Beginning in the mid-1950s, commercial farms began to use the White Cornish-Rock cross that would come to dominate the chicken industry into the next century. The speedy adoption of the Cornish-Rock saw the decline of the Delaware. In the 21st century, the Delaware is considered a critically endangered breed by organizations such as the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

The Delaware chicken is just one of the many unique and beautiful birds you can see at Spokane premiere Petting Farm, brought to you by Mountain Valley View Farm.

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Crevecoeur Chickens

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Friday, March 29, 2013

The Crèvecoeur chicken is the oldest of the standard-bred fowls of France. The breed gets its name from Crève-Coeur en Ange, a small town in Normandy, France. The breed’s name translates as “broken heart”. Little is known of the breed’s origins other than they were developed in Normandy and existed there for a very long time. Solid black in color, Crèvecoeur chickens have crests and beards of moderate size, compact, well-proportioned bodies, and short legs. In movement they are quiet and deliberate. The breed stands confinement remarkably well, appearing quite content, caln, and friendly. The breed was once quite popular in France, though it did not gain so much favor in other countries. In 1855, there were two sets of awards offered at the first agricultural exhibit held in Paris: one for Crèvecoeur chickens and another for all other chicken breeds. The Crevecoeur chicken is just one of the many unique and beautiful birds you can see at Spokane premiere Petting Farm, brought to you by Mountain Valley View Farm.

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