About Iowa Blue Chickens
The Iowa Blue
was developed in the early 1900's near Decorah, Iowa. A folk legend tells the
story of a white Plymouth Rock hen emerging from under a building with a clutch
of chicks colored solid chestnut to striped. Old-timers tell the tale that the
chicks were sired by a pheasant. The breed was carried by several Iowa
hatcheries through the 1960s, but was nearly lost when the hatcheries went out
of business. The breed was rescued from near extinction and has been bred and
preserved through the efforts of a few breeders since the late 1980s. The Iowa
Blue grew in popularity in 2011 with a group of dedicated breeders working to
preserve and return the breed to its original type and purpose.
plucky attitude and proud carriage, the Iowa Blue is a dual-purpose homesteader
chicken, known to be an excellent forager. Hens will go broody, exhibiting good
maternal characteristics. Males are noted to be excellent flock guardians and
are talented hawk fighters. They are vigorous breeders and are early to mature.
Though very aware of their surroundings in a free-range situation, the breed is
fairly docile and not particularly flighty.