ISA Brown

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Hooshie, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. Hooshie

    Hooshie Out Of The Brooder

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    Would anyone like to tell me what you know about ISA Browns. I.e. temperament, intelligence, free range or run, placement in a mixed flock pecking order. Thank you!
     
  2. Jamesg737

    Jamesg737 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 Isa Browns. They are free range, when I got them I kept them in the cage for a week so they new that was their home. They are great chickens. One of mine learned to fly and almost flew over the fence so I would say if they start to fly a little clip their wings. They are very intelligent animals. When I say something they come straight to me. They don't take much to teach. They are great chickens
     
  3. hellbender

    hellbender Overrun With Chickens

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    Likely the best brown egg layer but can become serious feather pickers with maturity...I got this information from the folks at Townline Hatchery.
     
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  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Isa Brown is one of a number of labels under which some hatcheries market their Red Sex Links which are produced by crossing a red gene rooster (RIR, NH, or PR) with a silver gene hen (RIW, SLW, LS, Delaware, or silver factor WPR). Not only can the offspring be sexed by color (male chicks are whitish, female chicks are reddish), but they are egg laying machines (300 + eggs per hen per year) outlaying either parent breed. It's one of the interesting quirks of hybridization. Isa Browns are fairly good foragers when free ranged and are generally docile and will mix well with other breeds as long as they are not overcrowded. If you're wanting sex links, in my personal experience with them, I actually like the Black Sex Links (Black Stars) better. My BSLs have been friendlier than my RSLs (Isa Browns), have laid just as many eggs per year, have generally had a longer laying life, and have tended to be more persistent layers in really cold winter weather than my Isa Browns. Of course there can always be exceptions with any breed or hybrid. Hope this helps.
     
  5. stfbkr

    stfbkr New Egg

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    I have two Isa Browns they were great with the six Easter Eggers that I got about 2-3 weeks after I was given the Isa Browns. Just now that they are coming up on their first birthday I'm having a problem with them pecking at the dark feathered EEs. I have witnessed them doing it and the hens have bald circles above their tail feathers. I am using a product now that seems to be working and in the spring I'm going to increase the size of their coop even though it is adequate for the 8 hens that I have. I know that when I hand feed them worms the IBs always bite my fingers. But I'm pretty stubborn and feed the EEs until the IBs will take the worms nicely. I swear they are smarter then we give them credit for.
     
  6. hellbender

    hellbender Overrun With Chickens

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    from where did you buy your Isa Browns?
     
  7. hellbender

    hellbender Overrun With Chickens

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    Michael, I suggest you do a little research on the ISA-Brown hybrid poultry. There is a lot more to them than what you seem to think.

    Have a good one!
     

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