A small flock of Iowa Blues
Photo courtesy of J. Gettle
These birds are more like the original Iowa Blues
I know almost nothing about this breed. They were developed around the turn of the century near Decorah, Iowa. The only place I've ever seen reference to them is in the catalog of Sandhill Preservation Center, where they are working on keeping them in existence.
As I understand it, they should have the darker, pencilled breast of the cockerel at the top, not a whitish breast like the bird in the last photo.
Here's a downloadable book on The History and Characteristics of the Iowa Blue, by Curt Burroughs.
Iowa Blue Chicken Club
Iowa Blue Links:
The SPPA brochure on Iowa Blues
Ellson's Acre's Iowa Blues
Iowa Blues at The Nester's
Kari McKay's IB hens and a pullet
Photos courtesy of Kari McKay
A 5-month-old Iowa Blue cockerel
No, he doesn't have a tumor! When he was penned for his "photo op," he went hog wild in the feeder.
Another shot of the above cockerel
"Maria," a six-month-old pullet
Another pair of Iowa Blues
Photo courtesy of Phil Roe
This cockerel has too much white on his breast
An Iowa Blue chick
Iowa Blue chicks
Photo courtesy of Curt Burroughs
Kari McKay's Iowa Blue chicks
Photo courtesy of Kari McKay
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