Developed recently in 1940, the Delaware is cross between Plymouth Rocks and New Hampshire Reds, which has increased the meat while retaining high egg production. Hardy in winter, this attractive white bird, is adorned with black feathers at the tip of the tail and around the neck. Delawares are medium to heavy sized bird, weighing six to eight pounds, and mature quickly. The hens are good layers of jumbo brown eggs. This breed has a calm temperament and does well in a free range environment. Once important to the US chicken industry, it is critically endangered today. Raising this breed in your flock will help ensure its continued survival.