Originally Posted by ConchChicken
Thanks for your responses! I questioned the black ones when I got them and was told they would grow out with 'white splash' on the tips of their feathers.
Those are not splash, they are mottled. Mottled is not a correct color for Silverudd's Blues (formerly Isbars), but there are some breeders working on them as a project color.
I also hatched some Isbar chicks; I have 2 splash and one blue that are 3 weeks old now. (I will try to get some good pics to post).
Congrats on your chicks! As the splash grow out you will note a marked difference between those and your mottled birds.
And 12 eggs on order to be delivered mid May...... Good luck with your hatch!
Yes my DH is sick of hearing about Isbars lol Then start calling them by the name adopted a couple of weeks ago in Sweden for this breed - Silverudd's Blue! Here is the thread where I explain the change: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1090421/silverudds-blue/0_20
Originally Posted by mamawolf544
I'm going to read this thread.
I have 13 that are 3 months old. All the little pullets are light blue.
I have a splash roo, and some darker roo's.
Trying to decide to just stick with the blues or throw the dark roo in.
Why don't you post some pictures of them so we can help you decide which ones are the best representation of the breed? We'd be happy to help!
Originally Posted by cgmaster
I could cross in a bantam silver penciled rock and make blue silver penciled isbars, I think I might go that route first.
Ooooh!!! That sounds pretty! Be sure to post pictures along the way.
Originally Posted by DreamsInPink
A friend of mine has a Blue Isbar rooster.. and she isn't zoned for roosters... so she wants me to take him. Does anyone have any experience with them? How is their temperament upon maturity? Also, they are listed as being very cold hardy, but those combs and wattles!!! I worry about them being prone to frost bite. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
The Silverudd's Blue (formerly Isbar) is one of the most docile breeds I have ever owned, and I have owned quite a few. They are also very intelligent and are good at staying away from the troublemakers when necessary. However, they are not pushovers and will stand their ground when necessary. I, too, have had a couple lose the points on their combs during the wild winters we have had the last couple of years, but it has not adversely affected them.
Originally Posted by ConchChicken
I'm new to BYC but have been following this thread for a couple weeks. I bought some 'Isbar' chicks recently but I'm questioning whether that's what I received. Could you please help with your opinions? I love all I have read about the Isbars and am hoping for the best. Thanks!!!!
These are my 4 week olds
These look like Silverudd's Blues (formerly Isbars) form wise, but the black in the back looks to be mottled. I am guessing that both of them are cockerels.
These are my four 6 week olds in front (I think the blue is an Isbar; the 3 blacks I was told were 'black splash' however one has a muff so I'm thinking Ameraucana)
The second import stock is quite variable and carries many undesirable genes (like muffs and/or beards, small combs and wattles, mottling, etc.) that you will want to weed out in your breeding program if you do plan to breed. As the mottling gene is recessive and requires 2 copies (1 from each parent) to express, even your solid birds could be carriers. You will want to test breed them to find that out.