Chicken Breed Focus - Iowa Blue

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, May 28, 2015.

  1. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    What a fascinating breed. I had no idea they were so unusual. I knew that they existed, but I never paid any attention to their status, I guess. Maybe once I have several more years of chicken raising experience under my belt, it would be a rewarding project to be involved with - playing a small part in keeping these beautiful birds around and growing in number while maintaining the quality. I'm sure not there yet, and well do I know it!

    In the meantime, I think I'll give Daphne an extra treat tonight. She must be an Iowa Blue in disguise! If I didn't know she is an Easter Egger.......[​IMG]

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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011

    Gandolf is a double lucky rooster, amazing he survived the encounter with a dog that size. He surely has the protective instincts they talk about the Iowa Blue having. Glad he is healthy enough to enjoy just being a chicken again.
    Hope the dog is gone for good, dogs with that sort of tendency don't tend to roam long in the country.

    Really like the SandHill birds, always interesting what you get :) these girls turned out to be very nice. Good luck with yours if you order some from them!
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    It was interesting that they are all slightly different, know it makes for a problem when writing a standard or for show, it does make them easier to tell apart without tagging them :). Your birds are absolutely lovely, looking at the pictures you have in the threads you can see where they are getting more consistent over the years.
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Pretty girl! She is an Iowa Blue wannabe! Funny how you get the color patterns sometimes that match other breeds.
  5. iamfivewire

    iamfivewire Chillin' With My Peeps

    i love how polite she was to wipe off my windshield (winter 2013-14)

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  6. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    I'm glad to see this breed as the current focus!

    I've only seen photos of them, never seen one in person. Always thought they were great looking birds (the roos are gorgeous!) and now I can learn more about the breed and see some wonderful photos too. Love the personal stories and the history info.

    Good stuff!
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  7. Candy442

    Candy442 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Apr 2, 2013
    Williamston, MI
    Welcome to Iowa's MHoock!
    We started with four, a silver cockerel, what we thought was a silver hen, but since determined she is what is called a "clean" smokey girl (no red or salmon on her body to indicate red or AR leakage) and two mossy colored Birchen hens. With our first hatch, we had most smokey colored chicks with a couple of dark brown ones. We were perplexed to see so many of the yellow with "egyptian" eye paint chicks! With Curt's help, we discovered a lot about Iowa genetics, so he is definitely the expert!
    Good luck with your breeding! We were told to just breed, breed, breed and see what pops out. Because of that, we discovered we are getting consistent charcoal color chicks :) It is so much fun having Iowas!
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  8. iamfivewire

    iamfivewire Chillin' With My Peeps

    They are definately awesome birds !
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  9. MHoock

    MHoock Out Of The Brooder

    May 28, 2015
    We currently finished up our paperwork and blood testing for an NPIP certified flock as well. Just waiting on our Flock # from the State, so next Winter/Spring we should have plenty of chicks to sell here in Southern Illinois. :)
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  10. Dirt Farmer

    Dirt Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2012
    Northern CA
    I've had two IB for about 7 months, a cockerel and a pullet. They were extras thrown in to a Sand Hill order of Dorkings. I had never considered raising them, and as a rule they weren't the type of chicken I was interested in keeping. I tried to give them away but couldn't find a home for them. They won me over. These two have little or no human fear. The cockerel, that I've been calling "Iowa", is a leader. I don't mix him with the Dorking males because I think he would get into it with them. As far as humans go, he has never shown any aggression. He's relatively friendly and docile compared to the Dorkings when it comes to people. As a youngster I put him in with a bunch of hens for lack of space. In just a few weeks he was clearly managing the flock of older birds. The pullet "Little Iowa" (I'm a creative type), is frequently underfoot looking for a snack or following me around the yard. Currently she is trying to go broody. The IB Chicken Club is the most valuable of the three chicken clubs that I have joined. Its a very inclusive and encouraging group, with lots of interesting information.
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