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post #41 of 47
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I've kind of lost count of how many generations, but I've improved egg quality and hardiness by letting them grow up as free range as possible. I confine them for the necessary breeding pens, but I rotate them out back into the flock. I try as much as possible to follow the spiral breeding program of crossing cockerels back to older hens and using a cock of the previous generation over the pullets, but more often than not I am faced with using the male with the least faults over the best females. in 2013 I introduced some cockerels of the Sandhill line to improve size and type. So far, I am pleased with the progress the breed is making and am always thrilled to see new breeders fall in love with them.

 

Youngsters from 2014

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Smokey parents. Note the CLEAN breast on this hen.

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My sweety waiting for treats.

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Young silver cockerel and old gold cock.

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El Dorado - current Smokey sire

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A little light to show, and plenty of faults, but he's pure for silver, no autosomal red, nice slate legs, small comb and wattles, shorter stockier build. I hope the hens fix the horrible tail angle, but keep the nice spread and feather width.

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One interesting feather pattern. 

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December and January hatched pullets

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February pullet

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Still seeing some red, but these girls are nice and big with slate legs, and starting to lay at 5 1/2 months.

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Looks like some hens have bigger combs than others. My chicks are about 5 weeks old and I'm trying to figure out what I have of the three. Hoping for just one rooster and two hens.

57 chickens: Roosters BA=Sambo, Ameraucana=Colonel Sanders, Black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, RIRs, White Leghorns, Amercaunas (Dingbat, MY FAV! Pet!), Barred Rocks, 20 new chicks: Welsummer, Delaware, BCMs, Speckled Sussex, Exchequer Leghorns, White Rocks, Golden Buffs. I love a mixed flock. Kitties too! 10 baby ducks too.

 

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57 chickens: Roosters BA=Sambo, Ameraucana=Colonel Sanders, Black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, RIRs, White Leghorns, Amercaunas (Dingbat, MY FAV! Pet!), Barred Rocks, 20 new chicks: Welsummer, Delaware, BCMs, Speckled Sussex, Exchequer Leghorns, White Rocks, Golden Buffs. I love a mixed flock. Kitties too! 10 baby ducks too.

 

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post #42 of 47
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Looks like some hens have bigger combs than others. My chicks are about 5 weeks old and I'm trying to figure out what I have of the three. Hoping for just one rooster and two hens.

They do. When I can I will select for small straight combs, but for now other traits usually come first in my breeding pen. This spring I should have enough nice pullets to choose from so I can weed out the big wavy combs left in the breed from the hatchery use of black Leghorns a dozen generations back.

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Iowa Blues and a mixed flock of a wide variety.

http://www.iowabluechickenclub.com/

 

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Dark Horse Acres

NPIP 42-618

Iowa Blues and a mixed flock of a wide variety.

http://www.iowabluechickenclub.com/

 

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post #43 of 47

My Smokey Iowa Blues are about 8 weeks old and are the quietest birds I've ever owned. They were able to enjoy the dirt Thursday for the first time and took to scratching and finding bugs/worms. They are eating big worms in one big swallow! Right down the gullet! The adults don't seem to care for the worms; they don't know what to do with them but these little buggers chow down on them! Second day on the ground today and they're digging it! :)


Edited by Betsy57 - 12/12/15 at 2:59pm
57 chickens: Roosters BA=Sambo, Ameraucana=Colonel Sanders, Black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, RIRs, White Leghorns, Amercaunas (Dingbat, MY FAV! Pet!), Barred Rocks, 20 new chicks: Welsummer, Delaware, BCMs, Speckled Sussex, Exchequer Leghorns, White Rocks, Golden Buffs. I love a mixed flock. Kitties too! 10 baby ducks too.

 

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57 chickens: Roosters BA=Sambo, Ameraucana=Colonel Sanders, Black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, RIRs, White Leghorns, Amercaunas (Dingbat, MY FAV! Pet!), Barred Rocks, 20 new chicks: Welsummer, Delaware, BCMs, Speckled Sussex, Exchequer Leghorns, White Rocks, Golden Buffs. I love a mixed flock. Kitties too! 10 baby ducks too.

 

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post #44 of 47
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Originally Posted by Betsy57 View Post
 

My Smokey Iowa Blues are about 8 weeks old and are the quietest birds I've ever owned. They were able to enjoy the dirt Thursday for the first time and took to scratching and finding bugs/worms. They are eating big worms in one big swallow! Right down the gullet! The adults don't seem to care for the worms; they don't know what to do with them but these little buggers chow down on them! Second day on the ground today and they're digging it! :)

I always hatch Iowa Blues with turkeys. The chicks never have to be taught anything and they teach the poults. Mine aren't always quiet though, depends on the hatch. :hu Each hatch seems to have its' own "personality". Some of them are very quiet, but others are rowdy. 

Dark Horse Acres

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Iowa Blues and a mixed flock of a wide variety.

http://www.iowabluechickenclub.com/

 

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Dark Horse Acres

NPIP 42-618

Iowa Blues and a mixed flock of a wide variety.

http://www.iowabluechickenclub.com/

 

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post #45 of 47

I think at least 2 of the 3 Smokey Iowa Blues I have are roosters. The third one may be too but I'm still hoping at least one is a hen. I wanted hens and one rooster. So that said, I need to give away at least one at this point that I know to be a rooster. He's 3 months old (hatched 10/21/15). Very nice and quiet breed. Please help me re-home. FREE.

57 chickens: Roosters BA=Sambo, Ameraucana=Colonel Sanders, Black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, RIRs, White Leghorns, Amercaunas (Dingbat, MY FAV! Pet!), Barred Rocks, 20 new chicks: Welsummer, Delaware, BCMs, Speckled Sussex, Exchequer Leghorns, White Rocks, Golden Buffs. I love a mixed flock. Kitties too! 10 baby ducks too.

 

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57 chickens: Roosters BA=Sambo, Ameraucana=Colonel Sanders, Black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, RIRs, White Leghorns, Amercaunas (Dingbat, MY FAV! Pet!), Barred Rocks, 20 new chicks: Welsummer, Delaware, BCMs, Speckled Sussex, Exchequer Leghorns, White Rocks, Golden Buffs. I love a mixed flock. Kitties too! 10 baby ducks too.

 

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post #46 of 47

Did you mean to mean to post picts? If not, please do and we could help sex them for you.

post #47 of 47

I'm thinking the third one is a rooster now. No crowing but getting the big tail. The rooster that is crowing has the big wattles and comb and not much of a tail. oy vey! I'm still hoping she's a girl but I'm beginning to doubt. Sigh. I did find a good home for the other one but may be looking to rehome this third one if it turns out to be a male.

 

YEP. All three were males. Sigh. Anyone want a free Smokey Iowa blue? 4 months old.


Edited by Betsy57 - 2/21/16 at 5:29am
57 chickens: Roosters BA=Sambo, Ameraucana=Colonel Sanders, Black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, RIRs, White Leghorns, Amercaunas (Dingbat, MY FAV! Pet!), Barred Rocks, 20 new chicks: Welsummer, Delaware, BCMs, Speckled Sussex, Exchequer Leghorns, White Rocks, Golden Buffs. I love a mixed flock. Kitties too! 10 baby ducks too.

 

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57 chickens: Roosters BA=Sambo, Ameraucana=Colonel Sanders, Black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, RIRs, White Leghorns, Amercaunas (Dingbat, MY FAV! Pet!), Barred Rocks, 20 new chicks: Welsummer, Delaware, BCMs, Speckled Sussex, Exchequer Leghorns, White Rocks, Golden Buffs. I love a mixed flock. Kitties too! 10 baby ducks too.

 

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