- Mar 23, 2008
I'm still wondering if anyone out there has had any experience with Iowa Blue roosters? I would like to know if they are friendly, passive or aggressive? Fliers or well adapted to confinement? Anybody?
I would encourage anyone intersted in the breed to check out our website www.iowabluechickenclub.com. This breed has had its up and down rollercoaster ride, that's for sure. Not only have they evaded extinction multiple times but add to that a couple of controversies (namely, some people claiming that Glenn Drowns (who had the last remaining flock in the nation) had "created" the breed as box fillers to Ideal selling a bird that was birchen instead of silver penciled) and things got real crazy for the breed. I've been doing a lot of work locating individuals familiar with the breed from the 1920's - the present. I've had the opportunity to interview two of John Logston's (the gentleman who created the breed in the 1920's) grandchildren as well as those individuals responsible with the 80's rescue of the breed. I now feel very confident that anyone reading through the breed club's historical archives section will have many of their questions answered. We have pictures of the original birds as well as pictures of the breed today. I have documented the ownership transfer from John Logston's flock to the remaining flocks we have today. I think all will be pleased with what has been accomplished in revealing the true Iowa Blue, and hopefully we can prevent future "profiteers" from gathering a hodgepodge of birds and selling them off as Iowa Blues. We have a great group of breeders who are very dedicated to the promotion and preservation of this remarkable breed! We are currently in the process of getting the Iowa Blue admitted into the SOP. We're a few years off, but it's a long process.There's little information to be found, because their distinction as a legitimate breed is dubious at best. They have a very obscure past, with possibly a few extremely localized farmers working on a similar looking chicken. One guy comes along and collects a bunch of birds which look like what he thinks is something called an Iowa Blue, proclaims the new breed, and presto, because it's "rare", he makes a killing selling them to everyone who falls for the story. It would be nice to see one that is a good representative of "the breed", but no can can say exactly what that is.