Many years ago, this breed was one of the breeds that started it all for us. They are the only pure breed of chicken that lays a naturally green tinted egg. All other green egg layers are hybrids that folks have created. The Swedish Isbar also has the ability to put purple speckles over top of their green eggs making them an excellent layer for the daily egg collecting basket.
Recently renamed “Silverudds Blue” by a group of breeders focused on preserving the breed, they can be called by either name as the man who created them has long since passed away. We worked with this breed in the early years of our hatchery and had to put them on the back burner until we could find fresh genetics to mix with our line to ensure that robust and strong disease resistant chicks would hatch. In 2019 we found the fresh blood we were looking for and paired it with the original line of birds we had been carefully stewarding all those years. We are so pleased to be able to bring them back in all their glory for 2023 because they are a truly special, heritage breed of hen that is worthy of being in anyones flock.
They are a smaller framed bird that lays generously sized eggs, usually year round of given the proper conditions. Their eyes can be pure black or black with a golden ring and they have a deep soulful gaze about them. They are confident in what they are and are a true relaxing delight to have in the flock.
These rare and beautiful birds come in three feather colors: blue, black and splash. Our most commonly hatched color currently is splash and black is our rarest, if you have a specific color of chick you would like, let us know in the checkout process and we will be happy to try to accommodate your request based on who hatches that week.
The hens are scrappy foragers that will require less grain than the typical hen if allowed to roam on a pasture. They will produce 200-230 green eggs a year that you and your friends will enjoy the beauty of.
We work exclusively with the first generation import of Isbar and have secured genetics that produce chicks free of immunity issues.
End up with a rooster and don’t know what to do with him? If you have the ability to keep him and want to breed him with your hens here is a chart offering what colors of chicks you can expect to see based on your current colors of chickens:
Hens 5-6 Lbs
Roosters 7-8 Lbs
Color Of Eggs: Green, Moss Green, Greenish Blue
Size Of Eggs: Medium to Large
Quantity Of Eggs: Very Prolific Layer, Especially In Cold Climates
Temperament: Extremely Docile and Friendly
Dual Purpose Breed (Meat): No
Morning Feeding With The Hens
Blue, Black and Splash Isbar Chicks
Quick Breed Stats
Egg Color: green with speckles
Egg Bloom: Can have reverse speckles on occasion that look white
Egg Size: standard
Egg Texture: matted
Egg Production During Spring and Summer: high 5 eggs a week
Meat Production: best for egg production, males have some meat on them.
Heat Tolerance: very good if shade is provided
Cold Tolerance: very good if free from drafts. Use vaseline to prevent frostbite in winter for Roosters with large combs
Disposition: laid back and very curious. Will come running for treats.
Weeks to Maturity: 22
Free Range Ability: very high, very predator wise – roosters are excellent protectors of the hens.
Likelihood They Will Want To Hatch Eggs: low