Why we like them: If you want unique colored eggs, like diversity in your flock, and ready for a really amazing alert forager, this is the right breed for you.
We raise White, Black, Blue, and Splash.
Egg Color/ Frequency:
Gifts 3-4 large mint/moss green speckled eggs a week.
They are an active breed that does well in cold climates. Isbar chickens are smart and savvy which aids in their ability to be very alert to predators and good foragers. Isbars are friendly and interactive with their human families.
This is one of the many breeds created by a Swedish monk, Martin Silverudd. He demonstrated a passion for developing highly productive chickens that gifted eye-appealing colored eggs. In 1956, Silverudd imported England’s Cream Legbars (highly susceptible to disease). He crossed them with the Swedish Legorn and 25% New Hampshire bloodlines to create the Silverudd's Sapphire. The Sapphires laid blue and/or green eggs similar to our Easter Eggers.
In the 1960's, Martin Silverudd crossed his Silverudd’s Sapphires with Plymouth Rock, and Alexander line of Rhode Island Reds to create the original Isbar. The name is thought to be an acronym for Island Silver Barred. The Ibsar was a purebred layer of green eggs. This breed became all but extinct in Sweden. The Swedish Culture Poultry Association maintain a studbook of the foundation flocks of the breeds developed by Martin Silverudd in Sweden and are responsible for the recreation of the original Isbar.
In the 1970's, Martin Silverudd created another green egg laying breed with gorgeous plumage. Feather colors include Blue, Black, and Splash with Silver or Gold Birchen neck colors. It is reported to be 75% Rhode Island Red and 25% New Hampshire, with Cream Legbar added for the blue egg gene. Some articles suggest that the Swedish Leghorn may have been used as well to increase egg production. His working name for this breed was Swedish Green Egg Layer. No official description of this breed was filed before Silverudd's death in 1986.
In the 1990's, this breed became known as Isbar Blue, probably due to some confusion in Silverudds notes. This breed was imported to the United States in 2012 under the name Isbar (pronounced “Ice Bar”). The name Isbar is actually an incongruity for this breed as they are not barred. It also caused confusion with the original Isbar as the two breeds are not related.
Silverudd's working name for this breed was too generic as it also used to refer to crossbred green egg layers. In 2016, the Board of Directors and the Breed Coordinators made the decision to officially change the name of the Isbar to Silverudd's Blue. Silverudd's to honor the creator and Blue to describe the color.
They are not yet recognized by the APA
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Isbar (Silverudd's Blues)
Most families are attracted to obtaining their chickens from us because we are completely different than the industry standards. Industry standard is to sex as accurately as possible and sell as pullets (female chicks) and force customers to accept a >10% chance of an accidental rooster without the ability to accept returns nor refunds. In addition, industry standard is to sell bantams (such as silkies) as straight runs only as vent sexing is not possible. We offer multiple sexing options. If you are not able to care for an accidental rooster our female coverage and DNA sexing options are a great value.
We provide as much information on our website as possible to ensure families make an informed decision based on their situation and lifestyle. Some breeds are more accurate in sexing and most families find our female coverage adequate in providing a free home for their accidental rooster ($50 savings) and issuing store credit in the amount of orginal purchased price. While other breeds or families with strong emotional attachments prefer to invest in DNA sexing.
If you are lucky enough to have a rooster, our male sexing option is a great way to save money on a wonderful breed.
Female Chick Coverage
Our female sexing coverage is designed for families that live within city ordinances that do not allow roosters or families wanting a free home for any accidental rooster. To qualify for rehoming, the rooster must be healthy. If the family decides to return the healthy rooster, a store credit in the amount of original purchase price is provided. As a family, you decide if you would rather return the healthy boy(s) for credit or if you have fallen in love with the boy(s) and prefer to keep him/them without credit.
Depending on the breed, sexing accuracy can range as low as 50% (bantam breeds such as Silkies), 90% (standard breeds) and as high as 97% (auto sexing breeds). To learn more about how we sex baby chicks based on breed and how you can sex as they age, View: How to Sex Chickens
Female sex covered chicks are eligible for our prorated life insurance.
DNA Sexed Female Chicks
For families that get emotionally bonded quickly and do not want to risk a future discovery of a rooster, we offer DNA sexing. DNA sexing is the only true accurate method of sexing baby chicks. You will receive laboratory results certifying 99.9% accuracy. DNA testing is a significantly higher financial investment. In most cases, it is 3x the cost as (1) female sex covered chick.
Our DNA sexed option is offered as "Next Available" or as a pre-order. Once enough chicks hatch and are available, we submit multiple chicks for testing for each DNA female chick ordered. The laboratory results can take 1-2 weeks after sample submission.
Time flexibility of order fulfillment is needed for this option. Once your order is ready, we communicate via text (to the number provided at checkout) that your order is ready for pick up. DNA sexed chicks need to be picked up or delivery arranged within 7 days of text. We are not able to extend free boarding. If exceeding 7 days, the original order will be forfeited. We are able to provide a store credit to allow reordering minus a $65 DNA testing fee.
DNA Sexed Female chicks are eligible for our prorated life insurance.
Balance accuracy with financial investment
The sexing decision is one that needs to be made at time of purchased and the original order cannot be altered once the order is fulfilled. It is important as a family to determine the right balance between sexing accuracy and financial investment for your family’s situation.