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Iowa Blue

Average User Rating:
4.4/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Frequent
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Medium
    Egg Color:
    Tan
    Breed Temperament:
    Calm
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Black
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    Iowa Blue non-APA recognized breed of dual purpose chicken.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose: Dual


    Comb: Single

    Broodiness: Frequent

    Climate Tolerance: Cold hardy, seem to handle heat


    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity: Fair


    Egg Size: medium to large

    Egg Color: light tan


    Breed Temperament: Can be flighty



    Breed Colors / Varieties: Black with white highlights.




    Breed Details:

    Iowa Blue Standard
    (in progress - working standard below)



    The Iowa Blue was developed in the early 1900’s near Decorah, Iowa. Little is known about its origins, but a folk legend tells the story of a white leghorn hen emerging from under a building with a clutch of chicks colored solid chestnut to striped. Old-timers would tell the tale that the chicks were sired by a pheasant. The breed was carried by several Iowa hatcheries through the 1960s, but were nearly lost when the hatcheries went out of business. The breed was rescued by Ken Whealy of from a few remaining flocks and has been bred preserved through the efforts of a few breeders since the late 1980s. The Iowa Blue grew in popularity in the 2011 and was preserved in the two recognized colors we observe today.

    With its plucky attitude and proud, upright carriage, the Iowa Blue is a dual-purpose homesteader chicken, known to be an excellent forager. Hens will go broody, exhibiting good maternal characteristics. Males are noted to be excellent flock guardians, are reported to be talented hawk fighters. They are vigorous breeders and are early to mature. Though very aware of their surroundings in a free-range situation, the breed is fairly docile and not particularly flighty.

    The Iowa Blue is not currently recognized by the Standards of Perfection and is classified as Conservation Status: Study.

    ECONOMIC QUALITIES

    A dual purpose fowl and active forager. Color of skin, white; color of egg shells, lightly tinted brown.

    STANDARD WEIGHTS

    Cock – 7 to 7 ½ Pounds Hen – 6 to 6 ½ Pounds
    Cockerel – 6 ½ Pounds Pullet – 5 Pounds

    DISQUALIFICATIONS

    (See General Disqualifications and Cutting for Defects)

    Shape – Male

    COMB: Single; bright red, medium to large, tight to the head, thick at base,
    with six well defined, evenly spaced points, those in the front and rear slightly shorter than those in the middle,
    blade not conforming too closely to the shape of the head.

    BEAK: Dark horn shading to yellow at point, moderate in length, slightly curved

    FACE: Bright red, clean-cut, skin fine and soft in texture, clean face around eyes and cheeks

    EYES: Large, round, and prominent; dark brown

    WATTLES: Bright red, medium to moderately large.

    EAR LOBES: Bright red, medium.

    HEAD: Moderately small, strong, medium length.

    NECK: Moderately long, mild arch, forward and erect carriage
    Hackle – Abundant, flowing well over shoulders

    BACK: Medium length, sloping 15 degrees straight to tail, strong, flat

    TAIL: Medium length, full, well-spread, feathers of good width, carried at an angle of eighty degrees (80˚) above horizontal.
    Main Tail – broad and overlapping, well-spread
    Sickles – moderate in length
    Lesser Sickles and Coverts – moderate, abundant, extending onto main tail

    WINGS: Medium in length, folded loosely with primaries overlapped but visible,
    carried close to the body under the saddle, held parallel to the back line.

    BREAST: Full, rounded, strong.

    BODY AND FLUFF: Body – full, rectangular in shape, moderately deep.
    Fluff – moderately full.

    LEGS AND TOES: Legs set well apart, straight when viewed from the front.
    Lower Thighs – large, medium length, well feathered, smooth.
    Shanks –medium in length, smooth.
    Toes – four on each foot, medium length, straight, well-spread.

    Shape – Female

    COMB: Single; bright red, medium to large, tight to the head, thick at base,
    with six well defined, evenly spaced points, those in the front and rear slightly shorter than those in the middle,
    blade not conforming too closely to the shape of the head.

    BEAK: Dark horn shading to yellow at point, moderate in length, slightly curved

    FACE: Bright red, clean-cut, skin fine and soft in texture, clean face around eyes and cheeks

    EYES: Large, round, and prominent; dark brown

    WATTLES: Bright red, medium.

    EAR LOBES: Bright red, medium.

    HEAD: Moderately small, strong, medium length.

    NECK: Moderately long, mild arch, forward and erect carriage, blending well into shoulder

    BACK: Medium length, sloping 15 degrees straight to tail, strong, flat

    TAIL: Well spread, dense, broad.

    WINGS: Medium in length, folded loosely with primaries overlapped but visible,
    carried close to the body, held parallel to the back line.

    BREAST: Full, rounded, strong.

    BODY AND FLUFF: Body – full, rectangular in shape, moderately deep.
    Fluff – moderately full.

    LEGS AND TOES: Legs set well apart, straight when viewed from the front.
    Lower Thighs – large, medium length, well feathered, smooth.
    Shanks –medium in length, smooth.
    Toes – four on each foot, medium length, straight, well-spread.


    SILVER PENCILED IOWA BLUES

    COLOR – MALE

    HEAD: Silvery White.

    NECK: Hackle – web of feather, lustrous, greenish black with narrow lacing of silvery white; shafts black.
    Front of neck – black.

    BACK: Back including Saddle – web of feather, lustrous, greenish black with narrow lacing of silvery white, a slight shafting of silvery white permissible.
    Silvery white predominating on surface of upper back; saddle matching with hackle in color.

    TAIL: Main Tail – web, black.
    Main and Lesser Sickles – lustrous, greenish black.
    Coverts: lustrous, greenish black with narrow lacing of white.

    WINGS: Fronts – black Bows – silvery white.
    Coverts: lustrous, greenish black, forming a distinct wing bar of this color across entire wing when folded.
    Primaries – black with narrow edging of white on lower edge of lower webs.
    Secondaries – lower webs, black with lower half white to a point near end of feathers, terminating abruptly leaving ends of feathers black;
    upper webs, black; the secondaries when folded forming a triangular white wing bay between the wing bar and tips of secondary feathers.

    BREAST: Lustrous, greenish black.

    BODY AND FLUFF: Body – black.
    Fluff – black, slight tinge of gray permissible.

    LEGS AND TOES: Lower thighs – black.
    Shanks and Toes – black.

    UNDERCOLOR OF ALL SECTIONS: Slate shading lighter towards base of feathers.


    COLOR – FEMALE

    Note – Pencilings in all Silver Varieties should be distinct in sharp contrast to the ground color, be regular in shape, uniform in width and conform to the contour of the feather.
    Each feather in the back, breast, body wing bows and thighs should have three or more pencilings.

    HEAD: Silvery gray.

    NECK: Hackle – black, slightly penciled with steel gray, and laced with silvery white.
    Front of neck – penciled same as breast.

    BACK: Steel gray, with distinct black pencilings.

    TAIL: Main Tail – black, except two top feathers which have – lower web, black; upper web, gray penciled with black.
    Coverts – steel gray with distinct black pencilings.

    WINGS: Fronts, Bows, and Coverts – steel gray with distinct black pencilings.
    Primaries – black with narrow steel gray diagonal penciling on lower webs.
    Secondaries – lower webs, steel gray with black penciling, extending well around tips of feathers; balance of upper webs, black.

    BREAST: Steel gray, with distinct black pencilings.

    BODY AND FLUFF: Body – steel gray, with distinct black penciling.
    Fluff – steel gray, penciled with dull black.

    LEGS AND TOES: Lower thighs – steel gray, with distinct black penciling.
    Shanks and Toes – black.

    UNDERCOLOR OF ALL SECTIONS: Medium slate.


    BIRCHEN IOWA BLUES

    COLOR – MALE

    HEAD: White.

    NECK: Hackle – white, with narrow, dark stripes through middle of each feather, terminating in a point near its lower extremity.
    Front of neck – black with very narrow lacing of white.

    BACK: White.
    Saddle – white with narrow, black stripe through middle of each feather.

    TAIL: Main Tail – web, black.
    Main, Lesser Sickles, and Coverts – lustrous, greenish black.

    WINGS: Shoulders – black Fronts – black Bows – white.
    Coverts – glossy black.
    Primaries and Seconaries – black.

    BREAST: Upper breast – black with very narrow lacing of white.
    Lower breast – black.

    BODY AND FLUFF: Body – black.
    Fluff – black, slight tinge of gray permissible.

    LEGS AND TOES: Lower thighs – black.
    Shanks and Toes – black.

    UNDERCOLOR OF ALL SECTIONS: Slate.


    COLOR – FEMALE

    HEAD: White.

    NECK: White, with narrow, dark stripe through middle of each feather, terminating in a point near its extremity.
    Front of Neck – black with very narrow lacing of white.

    BACK: Black.

    TAIL: Black.

    WINGS: Black.

    BREAST: Upper breast – black with very narrow lacing of white.
    Lower breast – black.

    BODY AND FLUFF: Body – black.
    Fluff – black, slight tinge of gray permissible.

    LEGS AND TOES: Lower thighs – black.
    Shanks and Toes – black.

    UNDERCOLOR OF ALL SECTIONS: Slate.







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Recent User Reviews

  1. ChickenGoesRuff
    5/5,
    "Amazing Birds"
    Pros - Great Layers, Friendly, Good Foragers, Protective, Smart
    Cons - None
    Love my Iowa Blues! My first flock was a female and five roosters. They ran the whole yard and never left the property. The rooster I kept after downsizing acts like a large puppy, following people for treats, cuddling to get his wattles scratched, and even doing tricks. He is very protective of the young birds, and always brings treats over to the ladies. He even befriended the cats and dog, taking naps under the trees together. Also, I have not had any problems with egg fertility yet, and am on the third and fourth hatches that have been sired by him. Great breed overall and I can't wait for my new ones to arrive!
    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Date:
    2015-04-23
  2. Squamate Farmer
    5/5,
    "I love these guys"
    Pros - Everything
    Cons - Hard to come by
    I really love these guys, they've got this fantastic feral character, but are mild enough to chill when I need to pick them up for something. They ooze confidence, even as very young chicks, but they're not abusive brats in the least. If you like animal behavior in general and are a fan of various chicken breeds, get some of these guys, they're something else.
    Overall:
    5
  3. chickygirlrocks
    5/5,
    "amazing"
    Pros - great
    Cons - none
    Beat rooster ever
    Overall:
    5

User Comments

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  1. Cleo2019
    This is great news, we will be having our chickens free range and this roo sound like the one for us. Thanks for your information.
  2. ottbjumper06
    Do you remember where you got this bird? He has a very intriguing breast patterning compared to other IB cocks I've seen. Do you remember what color his down was as a chick?
  3. countrydream7
    I will be getting mine in spring hope I will feel the same and enjoy them also ..
  4. countrydream7
    wonderful article spar means what, raising chickens for the first time here cant wait
  5. lavender pekins
    They look stunning hmmm I WANT ONE!!!
  6. jnjmanning
    He sounds like a wonderful guy! I have a RIR that could be his twin. Good free ranging roos are hard to find!
  7. Overoberyl
    Thanks so much for this great review, I hatched one IB from a breeder's assortment and have a couple more in the bator, I just love their look and glad to know they have other good qualities :eek:)
  8. Hangtown Farms
    interested to read on these more

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