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Blue Isbar

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    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.

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    Blue Isbar chicks

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    Blue Isbar rooster

    For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-isbar-blue-isbar.1019939/
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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
    BlackHackle likes this.
  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
    BlackHackle likes this.
  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.
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    4

User Comments

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  1. steffenbsd
    Thinking about getting some for my backyard flock. Does anyone know if they can fly? I know I could clip their wings, but I would like to know what I am getting into.

    Thanks!
    1. ChicKat
      Yes, mine were able to fly well. That being said, they are superb birds, both friendly and highly productive.
      ChicKat, May 8, 2018
    2. ker0412
      I wouldn't. Some chicks can fly pretty high, temporarily but typically don't unless roosting outside of the coop.
      ker0412, May 9, 2018
    3. steffenbsd
      Great - thank you! There are three Isbar eggs in a clutch of 11 under my broody hen Judy, we will see how many hatch!
      steffenbsd, May 14, 2018
  2. ChicKat
    :thumbsupMy Isbars are beautiful and friendly. This breed is particularly beautiful because the true Silverudd's Blue Isbars have the darkest eyes of any chicken I have owned.
    My blue roo is now 4-years old and besides being gorgeous he is so calm and human friendly. He's a joy to have. My remaining female is a prodigious layer..she lays just about 6-days a week with very large eggs, in a definite shade of green that isn't blue-green. Her eggs have brown flecks.
    I would recommend these birds to anyone who has the ability to get them, especially if you are able to get the beautiful dark-eyed ones that trace back to the original GFF imports.
    Their personalities are intelligent and sweet, they are beautiful and they are excellent layers.
    :yesss:
    As far as sourcing -- I got some beautiful chicks from Omega Hills Farms via mail. My advice - go for it!
  3. hellbender
    It's a certainty, based upon this review alone, that neither I nor any family members will deal with this breed.
  4. karenerwin
    Thank you, I will.
  5. gootziecat
    Karen, a search showed up some chicken from Hoovers Hatchery called Asian Blues. You might check that out.
  6. 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.
  7. gootziecat
    No. Not that I'm aware of.
  8. karenerwin
    Have these ever been called Asian Blues?
  9. gootziecat
    This breed is not autosexed.
  10. gootziecat
    This is not an autosexed breed.

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