The Isabella Leghorn was originated by Buddy Henry. Cackle Hatchery® bred this breed from some seed stock from Buddy Henry for 4 years. We, unfortunately, we have discontinued breeding and selling this breed for the 2018 season and beyond. The chicks would dehydrate fast during the shipping process which caused viability issues. Below is some of Buddy’s breeding history of this beautiful chicken
2008 Lavender Orpington Male X Brown Leghorn Females from Cackle Hatchery®
Result: Black offspring exhibiting gold in hackles & split for lavender, various leg colors, white
earlobes and an overall leghorn appearance. Layer of light tan eggs. Generation 1
2009 Generation 1 Male X Generation 1 Females
Result: 75% Chipmunk Pattern Chicks: Culled from breeding
20% Solid Lavender Chicks: Culled from breeding
5% Isabelle Pattern Chicks: Kept and revealed the same type as generation 1 but we now have
generation 2 half Orpington, half leghorn
2010 Generation 2 Males X Brown Leghorn Females from Cackle Hatchery Brown Leghorn
Males from Cackle Hatchery X Generation 2 Females
Result: Generation 3 Cross 1 Split for Lavender Generation 3
Cross 2 Split for Lavender
This generation appeared like brown leghorns only darker in color patterns. Pearl legs were
still an issue but earlobes were white and eggs were finally white.
2011 Generation 3 Cross 1 Males X Generation 3 Cross 2 Females Generation 3
Cross 2 Males X Generation 3 Cross 1 Females
Result: 50% Chipmunk Pattern Culled Same
50% Isabelle Pattern Generation 4
All birds kept and not separated. Product looks done but birds are still 25% Orpington and
very heavy in appearance.
2012 Generation 4 Males X Brown Leghorn Females Don Schrider Show Line Brown
Leghorn Males Don Schrider Line X Generation 4
Result: Generation 5 Cross 1 Generation 5
Generation 5 is a pure brown leghorn in every sense of the word. Excellent abundance of white eggs,
large white earlobes, and all yellow legs. The only difference is these birds
split for Lavender
2013 Generation 5 Cross 1 Male X Generation 5 Cross Females Generation 5
Cross 2 Males X Generation 5 Cross 1 Females
Result: 50% Pure Brown Leghorns
50% Pure Isabelle Leghorns Same
Today these birds breed true as well as many other ways to get the same result.
Isabelle X Isabelle = 100% Isabelle
Isabelle X Brown Leghorn = 50% Isabelle & 50% Brown Leghorn
These birds meet ALL requirements except for the color of the American Poultry Associations Standard of Perfection Manual on a Leghorn.
Wish they were available.
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