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Iowa blues

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by equine chick, Feb 17, 2007.

  1. equine chick

    equine chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 9, 2007
    pennsylvania
    Does anybody know anything about this chickens? I decided to try a couple of these chicks and get a rooster. I can't find much on them, but they are a pretty bird.
     
  2. Carole AM

    Carole AM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there. I have one hen that is an Iowa Blue. She originally came from Ideal stock. I don't know much about the breed either, except they came from IOWA! (lol). She is more skittish than some, but a nice "birchen type" coloring. I think they lay nice tan eggs. They are considered rare.

    Here's a link for Feathersite-

    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGD/Iowa/BRKIowa.html
     
  3. momof3

    momof3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have Iowa Blues and love them. I had one hen go broody when the weather was warmer. She has since given up. However she kept alot of the eggs from freezing during the two week cold snap. Sand Hill Preservation has them and also info about them. Ideal orignally got them from Sandhill however Ideal has crossed them with something. I first ordered from Ideal. None of the Iowa Blues survived the shipping. So I contacted Sand Hill. Ideal has crossed them with something and won't admit it. Ideals Iowa Blue chicks look very different then Sandhills. Feathersite has what the chicks and adults should look like. They are chocolate colored(the chicks). Ideals Iowa Blues are black and white(the chicks). I don't know how Ideals feather out because mine didn't survive.
     
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  4. equine chick

    equine chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 9, 2007
    pennsylvania
    Thanks. I ordered from ideal, but was thinking of ordering another shipment from another company. I might try some iowa blues and compare them.
     
  5. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
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  6. Carole AM

    Carole AM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here's my girl:

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    you can click for a bigger photo

    It's not a good pic, but maybe it will help. [​IMG]
     
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  7. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
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  8. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    I read in a poultry book . . . that in the 1900's a hen went broody and came out with these chicks like no others in the area, and that the common thought was that they were the result of a pheasant cross mating and this was the basis of the foundation of Iowa Blues. I will have to look through my books to find where I read that.
     
  9. OSUman

    OSUman GO BUCKS

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    I read somewhere that says that phesant chicken crosses can reproduce
     
  10. RAREROO

    RAREROO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah, I was interested in them a while back until I found out about the two different colors. I saw some where the hens were birchin and some hens were silver penciled, I wanted the penciled ones but I didn't know which they were suppposed to be and which I would end up with so I gave up on them.
     

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