The Chicks Are Coming, The Chicks Are Coming!


I was in the feed store the other day and asked the guy when they would be getting the baby chicks in and he said the first week of March.

Whoo Hooo – that’s just a couple weeks away!

Spring IS coming!


Doing my ‘Happy Dance!’

I can’t wait to get my new baby chicks!

  He said they would be getting Buff Orpingtons, Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Black Australorps, Ameracaunas, and Iowa Blues.

I plan on adding two new chicks to my flock and one of them will be an Iowa Blue.

iowa blue

The Iowa Blue breed of chicken has an interesting history.  According to one story the breed began in the early 1900’s on a farm near Decorah, Iowa, owned by a man named John Logsdon.  Folklore says that one of his White Plymouth Rock hens disappeared for a while.  When she reappeard from under a building she was with a bunch of chestnut colored chicks.  They grew up to be the Iowa Blue.  Word went around that they were sired by a pheasant.


Iowa Blue chicks

A more believable story says that John Logsdon developed the breed because he wanted a breed of chicken that could survive the frigid Iowa winters yet also do well in the hot humid summers, plus be a good forager.

The breed was popular locally but by the 1960’s was all but extinct due to the local hatcheries closing down when industrialized farming drove many small farmers out of business.

In 1989 Kent Wheatley,  the same man who co-founded The Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, heard about this rare breed and decided to save them.  There was only one small fertile flock left at that time, owned by a man named Ransome Bolsom.  He gave fertile eggs to Mr. Wheatly who maintained a small flock at the Seed Savers farm and also distributed some Blue’s to others.


The Seed Savers Exchange Farm in Decorah, Iowa

For more info on Seed Savers Exchange:

  By the late 1990’s they were again in decline.  One man named Glenn Drowns maintained a flock at the Sandhill Preservation Center in Calamus, Iowa until in 2012 a group of people decided to save the breed and an Iowa Blue Club was formed.  The breed is now making a successful comeback and the numbers are increasing.

Iowa Blues are not blue but are have a silvery head and a brown or black body with white lacing.  The chicks resemble pheasants.  They are good layers of light brown eggs and have been called the ‘champs of bug control’ because of their good foraging ability.


Iowa Blue Hens and a Roo.

For more information on this plucky breed of chicken:

I am so excited to be getting an Iowa Blue chick!  I am going to name her Ivy.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barbara Faust
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 15:39:29

    So eventually your plan is to acquire every breed of laying hen known to mankind? If “VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE;” you are one SPICY UM-MA!



  2. slcriger
    Feb 23, 2015 @ 13:49:20

    cant wait to get little chix again…love them blues…great story = very interesting!

    Liked by 1 person


I would love to hear from you! Please leave a comment.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Juniper Journeys

:it's time to put on your boots and move to higher ground.


Smile! You’re at the best site ever

Make Me Some Soap...

A blog for folks who love using and making handmade soap

On The Upside

Saddle up! Let's take a ride...

Gumboots and Grammar

My passion is my strength

Restorable Living

The art of reclaiming daily life.

Helpful articles to improve your own nature and landscape photography explorations. You will also see stunning landscape and nature photographs created by award winning landscape and nature photographer Melissa Fague.

Sunny Sleevez

Sun Protection & Green Info

No Milk Today

Allergy or Food Intolerance: Delicious Dairy-Free Recipes, DIY & more :)


Curious facts and cautionary tales ~ adventures in rural living

The house by the sea foodwaves



A stereotypical college student just trying to get by...


The Cricket Pages

Goldenrod Homestead

Permaculture and Market Gardening

Back Porch Sheep

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27

Butterfly Garden

Attracting & sustaining butterflies and growing native flowers.

A Note From Abroad

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sailaway from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain


Bring new life to your garden!

Crazy Green Thumbs

Chronicling a delusional gardening experience.

down to earth digs

life in and around the garden

%d bloggers like this: