26th Jun 2010
The chickens have settled in very well. On Sunday only one knew to go to bed and the others huddled miserably together. By Monday night they understood what to do and all marched up the ramp to bed at 9.45pm.The course was brilliant and I learnt so much. I'm glad that we did that before getting chickens.
Chicken Keeper Course
ISA Browns are £20 at point of lay. We have them in stock.
ISA Browns are the ultimate battery farm chicken.
If I hadn’t bought them in for you to buy they would have gone to a battery farm. The chances are that many of their sisters in the same rearing sheds will have done so, so in a sense you can say you have rescued a battery hen. The difference is that these are at point of lay and not at the end of lay, which is when they are usually available.
The ISA Brown is a French breed of chicken, which is a cross between Rhode Island Red and Rhode Island White chickens. The breed is known for its high egg production of approximately 300 eggs per hen. ISA Browns are now considered by most fanciers a breed of chicken, not just a hybrid. Breeding ISA Brown × ISA Brown will produce ISA Brown chicks, just as crossing Rhode Red × Rhode White will. However, the ISA × ISA chicks generally lay more for they are selected from the best layers. ISA stands for Institut de Sélection Animale, the company which developed the breed in 1978 for egg production as a battery hen. The ISA breeds have been modified over time and the ISA Brown was bred as a result of trying to get the best return on eggs for food given, hence the appeal to the battery farmer.
There are a number of different names for essentially the same type of brown and white chicken. The names vary, depending on breeder, but include, Warrens, Hylines, Gold Lines and Lohmans.
These chickens are very good for first time chicken owners as these chickens are good layers, less flighty and will be unable to escape with their wings clipped. I am selling more and more of them as customers come back for a couple more as they are so tame and friendly. Gardening with thme areound is difficult as they get in the way with their enthusiasm to help!
They are a medium sized chicken and are hardy and docile with the benefit of laying a good size, strong shelled egg. ISA Browns are an ideal garden chicken, but are rarely available as young pullets. You have been lucky!
ISA Browns are £20 at point of lay.