Iowa Blues

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As you may or may not know Iowa Blues are an increasingly rare breed. And one of the few US heritage breeds developed here in the Midwest. Being born in the great state of Iowa myself I've always felt an added need to champion the breed. I've raised Iowa Blues for nearly 10 years now. I can't say enough good things about the breed. Any and all other Iowa Blue breeders, owners, and enthusiasts are hear by welcomed into this thread. Please post pics, stories, questions, and your information. Especially if your a dedicated Iowa Blue breeder helping to save this rare Midwestern native.

I encourage any and all Iowa Blue breeders and enthusiasts to join the Iowa Blue Chicken Club. www.iowabluechickenclub.com

Pics to come of my flock.
 

KDOGG331

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I don’t have any but they seem like a fascinating breed and I would love to have some one day.
 

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Why are they not recognized by the apa?
Its quite a process. I think most people think that you develop a new breed that breeds true and you can get them recognized. Not the case at all.

1. You have to have your standard in place. Size, shape, comb type, leg color, weights, varieties, etc...which is in place with the IBCC.

2. You also have to have a certain number of people who have raised Iowa Blues for a certain number of years while having been APA members for a certain number of years. I think its 5 or 7 years I'm not totally sure.

3. You also have to have to have had a certain number of birds in a certain number of shows for a number of years.

So the most difficult part is getting your number of breeders, APA members, and birds in shows to line up.
 
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CluckNDoodle

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As of right now I have 1 Iowa Blue cockerel that I pulled from under a broody hen because there was clearly something very wrong at hatch, a bad slipped tendon or brake that I was unable to mend even with wrapping. He has proven to be a very tough little guy though and is now going to be moving to a wonderful little sanctuary with a lovely woman that cares to unwanted and special needs animals.
I got him from a friend that has a beautiful flock of Iowa Blues and this particular instance was a fluke and not genetic. They are working on saving the breed as well. I plan on getting hatching eggs from her again this year! I can't wait! :love

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CluckNDoodle

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He looks to be getting along ok.
Yes, he's doing great now! Other than only having one functioning leg and he hops around because of it, he's a great example of the tenacity of this breed. He wasn't willing to give up so I didn't see a need to stop him from trying!
 
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