Blue Isbar

Average User Rating:
4.66667/5,
  • Blue Isbars are a breed developed in the 50-60’s by a monk by the name of Martin Silverudd. He wasn’t able to complete auto sexing of this color, as planned, before he died. But even without the auto sexing, this breed developed into a good and beautiful layer. Greenfire Farm imported them in 2011 from Sweden.

    Greenfire Farms first imports were reported to have immune issues, so a second group of blue Isbars was import to rectify the problem. It seems to have been quite helpful in enlarging the small gene pool. Breeders are working to keep the breed hardy and at this point, the problem is diminishing. This has been a set back to the breed, but breeders are finding Isbars are worth the effort.

    Blue Isbars are a beautiful, large fowl, created by crossing Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshires, and cream Legbars. They are in the range of 5-7 pounds and come in black, blue and splash. The roosters often have a beautiful iridescent “leakage” of color in their hackles, bows, and saddle. Hens can lay upward of 200 green eggs yearly. They are the only known breed that has a single comb and lays a green egg. The color can vary from a light green to a darker, mossy, and sometimes almost a coppery green. They can darken as the hen ages as well as vary in shade from one day to the next. Some eggs even have speckles. They are medium to large in size. Hens can go broody but not exceedingly so that it’s annoying. They do well in both cold and hot weather, generally laying through all seasons, and some times through molt.

    The chicks are usually quite friendly, and personally, one of the friendliest, although some report they can be skittish. Adults are calm and friendly to be around. The birds love to forage right from the start and are thrifty, easy keepers. Some breeders are proclaiming this is their favorite breed of all the breeds they raise. Indeed, they are deserving of such praise.


    Picture courtesy of J-Bar Farms.
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Recent User Reviews

  1. Purpletie3
    5/5,
    "Love these birds"
    Pros - smart, great flyers, lay in the cold, beautiful colors
    We love the blue isbars in our flock. They are beautiful birds with beautiful eggs. My blue isbar roosters gave their lives by distracting a threat away from the flock. My blue hen would roost 14' in my maple tree until she finally settled down with the hona & black isbar flock. I would have 100 blue's in my flock if I could!
    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Price:
    29.00
    Purchase Date:
    2015-01-26
  2. Tammylr
    5/5,
    "Beautiful bird"
    Pros - Great layer of gorgeous eggs.
    Cons - None
    I would love to add this auto sexing bred to my back yard! [​IMG]
    Overall:
    5
  3. gootziecat
    4/5,
    "Beautiful and friendly layer"
    Pros - Friendly, pretty, great layer, not a huge bird, forages, green eggs
    Cons - genetic issues surface
    Blue Isbars are a breed developed in the 50-60’s by a monk by the name of Martin Silverudd. He wasn’t able to complete auto sexing of this color, as planned, before he died. But even without the auto sexing, this breed developed into a good and beautiful layer. Greenfire Farm imported them in 2011 from Sweden.

    Greenfire Farms first imports were reported to have immune issues, so a second group of blue Isbars was import to rectify the problem. It seems to have been quite helpful in enlarging the small gene pool. Breeders are working to keep the breed hardy and at this point, the problem is diminishing. This has been a set back to the breed, but breeders are finding Isbars are worth the effort.

    Blue Isbars are a beautiful, large fowl, created by crossing Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshires, and cream Legbars. They are in the range of 5-7 pounds and come in black, blue and splash. The roosters often have a beautiful iridescent “leakage” of color in their hackles, bows, and saddle. Hens can lay upward of 200 green eggs yearly. They are the only known breed that has a single comb and lays a green egg. The color can vary from a light green to a darker, mossy, and sometimes almost a coppery green. They can darken as the hen ages as well as vary in shade from one day to the next. Some eggs even have speckles. They are medium to large in size. Hens can go broody but not exceedingly so that it’s annoying. They do well in both cold and hot weather, generally laying through all seasons, and some times through molt.

    The chicks are usually quite friendly, although some report they can be skittish. Adults are calm and friendly to be around. The birds love to forage right from the start and are thrifty, easy keepers. Some breeders are proclaiming this is their favorite breed of all the breeds they raise. Indeed, they are deserving of such praise.


    Pictures courtesy of J-Bar Farms.
    Overall:
    4

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  1. hellbender
    It's a certainty, based upon this review alone, that neither I nor any family members will deal with this breed.
  2. karenerwin
    Thank you, I will.
  3. gootziecat
    Karen, a search showed up some chicken from Hoovers Hatchery called Asian Blues. You might check that out.
  4. karenerwin
    Ok, thanks. I just bought a couple of "Asian Blue" chicks at Buchheit's & I'm trying to learn more. I didn't think they were silkies, but this thread came up when I searched.
  5. gootziecat
    No. Not that I'm aware of.
  6. karenerwin
    Have these ever been called Asian Blues?
  7. gootziecat
    This breed is not autosexed.
  8. gootziecat
    This is not an autosexed breed.
  9. gootziecat
    Splash is one of the 3 colors you can get with blues. It is not a separate color exactly. Blues produce blue, black and splash, so you can get any one of those colors with the blue Isbar. Splash to splash will never produce a blue or a black, so you were wise to buy blues.

    I have found they are, by far, the best foragers of any breed I've ever had...and I've had quite
  10. PoultryArk
    My 3 moth old Splash Isbars are the best foragers by far. They are the first ever in my flock to realize that they can eat most of the mixed grass hay I use in the coop. They are super sweet and fun to observe. There is not a Splash Isbar page to review them yet. I can not wait for my blues to hatch!

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