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6+ Rare Iowa Blue eggs

Discussion in 'Buy Sell Auction - Archives' started by mrheinz77, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. mrheinz77

    mrheinz77 New Beginnings Poultry

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    Up for auction are 6+ Iowa Blue Eggs. I am part of a group trying to breed these magnificent birds back to what they once looked like. We are breeding towards a proposed standard. Hopefully in the next few years we have a qualifying show.
    Iowa Blues are a dual purpose breed that are great for free ranging. The roosters take good care of their girls. My rooster has been very calm while the hens are a little more standoffish. My rooster is not aggressive at all. They are getting better with the introduction of treats. I have one rooster in with 6 hens.

    Fertility has been great. I guarantee fresh & fertile eggs. However, I cannot guarantee hatch-ability due to many variables out of my control after the eggs leave my hands, such as shipping & handling, incubation equipment, and incubation methods. I always pack extremely well and try to include extras. Payment is by Pay Pal only within 12 hours of the end of the auction. No e-checks please.
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    These eggs will ship Saturday Dec 3, 2011 or Monday Dec 5. If this date doesn't work for you, you may still bid and if you win, just let me know when you would like the eggs sent. Payment is still due within 12 hours of the end of the auction.

    I am not NPIP yet. Please know the regulations for importation of eggs into your state.

    Good Luck and Happy Bidding

    Some pictures of my flock

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    Chicks can be Black or Chocolate/Chipmunk Colored
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    This is a picture of the eggs in a carton with XL eggs from the store for size comparison.

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    Quoted from Wikipedia
    "History

    The Iowa Blue's exact origin is unknown, but is the subject of a folksy legend that is said to have involved the mating of a White Leghorn hen and a Pheasant.[1] This is especially unlikely considering that Leghorns are light-weight birds with white earlobes, yellow skin, and which lay white eggs.[2] They are one of the more striking New Heritage breeds, resembling Grey Junglefowl in carriage and voice with the bearing and production traits of the old heritage breed the Black Java. Iowa Blues are have never been recognized officially by the American Poultry Association, American Bantam Association, or any other breed standard. In to the 1960s, several hatcheries around Iowa sold the breed, but after these hatcheries either closed or stopped selling them, the Iowa Blue nearly disappeared. Dedicated breed enthusiasts have preserved the breed in to the 21st century, though their numbers remain small. It is listed as "Study" by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, entailing that is of conservation interest but lacks the documentation to be firmly categorized.[3]"

    Looking back at old auctions, I have only ever seen one other person sell Iowa Blue eggs on BYC and one on ebay. Sure a few hatcheries offer them, but are they breeding towards the proposed standard? If Iowa Blue were recognized by the APA they would be Endangered instead of a Study Group by the ALBC.

    If you have any questions, please post them, PM me, or e-mail me.
     
  2. Lifesong Farm

    Lifesong Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am currently looking for a new breed. Right now I am looking at Chanteclers however how do these guys do as a dual breed? I want something that lays well, is hardy, has good table qualities and does well in winter.
     
  3. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

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    Well, being developed in Iowa, I would say they are good in cold climates. I am sure Jim can tell you about weights on adult birds, he is big on weighing birds. I've got some of his eggs in the bator right now! He packs very well, I have never gotten a broken egg from him.
     
  4. mrheinz77

    mrheinz77 New Beginnings Poultry

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    This is the first winter I will have had them. Being developed in Iowa they should be cold hardy. They handled the heat and humidity of the summer better than some of my other breeds.

    Iowa Blue roosters should weigh 7.5 lbs and hens should weigh 6 lbs. I have 6 hens and get 3 to 5 eggs a day. I know one hen doesn't lay well because her egg is different than the others (odd shape and different color). I usually don't send her egg. She's still around because I don't know which one it is.
    I have never dressed one out but friends have and they enjoy them. Thanks.
     
  5. Melissa Rose

    Melissa Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I'm looking for some special birds for the New Years hatch along. Can these be shipped on Wed the 7th and do you think I could let them sit until noon on Sunday the 11th? Hi Deb your lovely assortment is doing really good [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  6. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
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    Hi Melissa, I am sure Jim would work with you. He should be online before too long. Happy hatching! Deb
     
  7. mrheinz77

    mrheinz77 New Beginnings Poultry

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    Sure, I could ship them Wednesday. I'd feel better shipping Tuesday just to be sure they arrived in time because of the increased volume going through the Post Office with Christmas packages being shipped. I have found that eggs that are shipped do best if they rest 48 hours before being set. I will ship whenever you want, though.
    Thanks

    Deb, Thanks for the response earlier.
     
  8. mrheinz77

    mrheinz77 New Beginnings Poultry

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    Quote:Deb, we were typing at the same time. [​IMG]
    Its kind of early for you to be awake. LOL
     
  9. Melissa Rose

    Melissa Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tuesday is fine [​IMG] [​IMG] I think these are awesome [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. mrheinz77

    mrheinz77 New Beginnings Poultry

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    Quote:Good luck. If you win these I am sure you will love them.
     

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