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What is DeKalb Chicken

DeKalb Poultry Research, Inc. is an American genetics and hatchery company that was founded in 1944. After 51 years of successful layer breeding, the poultry business was sold to Central Farms of America in 1995.

On June 30, 2000, Dekalb Poultry Research became part of Institut de Sélection Animale – ISA is today known as Hendrix Genetics. Hendrix genetics is the same company that currently develops SASSO brand in cooperation with Cobb-Vantress

DeKalb Chickens

There are two most popular DeKalb lines of breeds that are widely grown and raised in the Philippines for eggs. They are Dekalb White and DeKalb Brown.

DeKalb White

DeKalb White is what we see in most caged poultry layer farms in the Philippines today. Although there are other competitors like Lohmann White, DeKalb dominates the Philippine market. DeKalb white is developed mainly from White Leghorn with other breeds.

According to DeKalb Website:

The Dekalb White is efficient, docile, and capable of laying up to 500 eggs. As the industry transitions from a cage system to cage-free and pasture run systems, the Dekalb White is ideal for this ongoing evolution.

Adaptable and docile, the Dekalb White is the right choice for extended production cycles, superb persistency, and it thrives in alternative housing systems. The Dekalb’s high number of first quality eggs are suitable for table egg or processing purposes. And because of its good temperament, management under today’s welfare standards is easy.

DeKalb Brown

DeKalb Brown is the most popular breed in cage-free egg production producing brown eggs. From backyard raisers to big free-range layer farms, DeKalb Brown is always the best choice. DeKalb Brown is developed from several heritage breeds including Leghorns and Rhode Islands.

According to DeKalb Website:

Dekalb Brown is a well-balanced, all-round performance bird. A champion egg layer producing dark brown eggs with a very strong shell. The Dekalb Brown is an ideal layer for high numbers of first quality, medium-sized, table eggs. This bird delivers predictable and proven profits for egg producers. With high peak production and excellent laying persistence, the Dekalb Brown is a proven all-round performer.

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