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About Iowa Blue ChickensAbout Iowa Blue Chickens

The Iowa Bluernwas developed in the early 1900's near Decorah, Iowa. A folk legend tells thernstory of a white Plymouth Rock hen emerging from under a building with a clutchrnof chicks colored solid chestnut to striped. Old-timers tell the tale that thernchicks were sired by a pheasant. The breed was carried by several Iowarnhatcheries through the 1960s, but was nearly lost when the hatcheries went outrnof business. The breed was rescued from near extinction and has been bred andrnpreserved through the efforts of a few breeders since the late 1980s. The IowarnBlue grew in popularity in 2011 with a group of dedicated breeders working tornpreserve and return the breed to its original type and purpose.rnrn 

rnrnWith itsrnplucky attitude and proud carriage, the Iowa Blue is a dual-purpose homesteaderrnchicken, known to be an excellent forager. Hens will go broody, exhibiting goodrnmaternal characteristics. Males are noted to be excellent flock guardians andrnare talented hawk fighters. They are vigorous breeders and are early to mature.rnThough very aware of their surroundings in a free-range situation, the breed isrnfairly docile and not particularly flighty. rnrn

Source: The IowarnBlue Chicken club ( www.iowabluechickenclub.com)

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