March 31, 2008 at 1:14 pm #242645
Hi my newly acquainted chook friends, I was wondering if someone could tell me what an Isa Brown / Lowman Brown is and where they come from (that is if I am right in my assumption that an Isa and Lowman are the same thing).
I have read quite a few books and they all mention the Rhode Island Red cross that I have, but none include the lowman / isa brown as a breed. Any information would be appreciated. I would love to know what I can expect in terms of egg production compared to my RIR when they start laying.
This site is awesome, by the way. So much information and so many friendly people. Thanks,
Russell 😀March 31, 2008 at 5:47 pm #332775
I don’t know if the lowman and isa browns are the same. I believe that the isa brown is a genetic hybrid produced for battery farm type operations, they really are just egg producting machines. So not a bred more a commercial creation. I have found that my rescued isa’s are generally a less robust chook, more prone to …anything really. I find older well known breds are far superiour in terms of health and normal chook type ‘stuff’. Hope this helps but Im sure someone else with more chookie knowledge will be alongMarch 31, 2008 at 8:32 pm #332776
Hi there Russell,
I don’t know much about the breed at all, and have seen it over the years spelt Lowman, Lohman and Lohhman. Maybe if no-one else comes along with some info you can do a google search on each of those names. I just began a search when I couldn’t find info in my usual places and found a 1999 50 page report on European poultry farm practises and didn’t get far with the search at all!
I did not think that Isa Browns and the Lo….? breed were the same. It seems that they may be similar in that they’re likely both hybrid breeds used by the commercial egg industry (the IBs are).
My thoughts are if you don’t already have them, get a good laying pure bred instead, however it seems you may already have your chooks in which case they should lay well. Depending on where you got them and how you raise them (in my opinion this latter helps) they may live a longer life than the average commercial layer, which are normally bred to lay heaps and wear out quickly (ie just a couple of years).
I’ve got to go out so will check my books later and see if I have further info…
Welcome to ALS by the way! :wave:
ReeMarch 31, 2008 at 10:34 pm #332777
the genetic make up of the loman and the Isa brown is a trademarked secret.
Generall consensus is a cross between the following Rode Island Red, Rode Island White and Leghorn.
they are bred so thaht they are sexlinked that is the females and males are different colours when harched.:clap:March 31, 2008 at 11:30 pm #332778
Thankyou, you guys are a wealth of knowledge. I am glad to have stumbled upon this site. I will now go and pray to the chicken god and hope that they start laying soon 😀March 31, 2008 at 11:31 pm #332779
Roogz, there may be different ways to make up the various commercial type breeds. I’ve heard Leghorn x New Hampshire plus a couple of other mixes I cannot recall right now, which maybe includes what you’ve got above…April 1, 2008 at 12:45 am #332780
I just got some chookies and they are Isa browns.. I chose them because of there productive capacity.. generally I would of thought that being a “hybrid” they have genetic material in them that is strong and vigorous. My birds are anyway as I have raised them from day olds. I contemplated pure breeds at first As our final choice we wanted basically eggs so we went the Isa on recommendation and availability . I love them, as they have an excellent nature and are good workers in the fallow garden beds as well. They are not far off point of lay and I can only hope they live up to there reputation as good layers….April 1, 2008 at 1:32 am #332781
My first ever chooks were isa browns.. I ‘saved’ them from death row from a local egg farm as they had reached the end of their ‘productiveness’.
They were the saddest chooks I had ever seen.. they couldn’t feed properly & they didn’t even know what grass was!
It took a couple of months to get these chooks healthy & well again, cept for one it didn’t make it… and the others didn’t live for very long either.
I will never support the hybrid industry :tdown: the poor old isa browns being bred only for pumping out eggs & they have a miserable life along the way. I mean this in the commercial sense.
These are just some of my personal views on this matter.. 🙂
Pam (Tamandco), has witten an interesting article that new members interested in chooks may want to read. You will find it in the ‘articles’ section on the left of this page & it’s in her sig, I think 😐
My choice is to support the purebreeds & in doing so it helps to keep particular strains from disappearing of the face of the earth as well… AND we get lots of yummy eggs from healthy happy chooks 😀April 3, 2008 at 4:19 am #332782
Isa browns were breed in France using Rode Island red and White .They are years of breeding to get a fast laying bird .
The egg cells are in a chook from birth which they would lay over there life 10-20 years .
Isa are bred so with high protein food and extra light can pump out most of those eggs within two years .Thats why x battery hens are exhausted .
I breed new hampshires and buff wyandotte bantams .Plus a few cross breeds .
The cross breeds always out grow and lay the pure breeds hence that is what they have done with the Isa and Lowman to produce more quicker to feed the world
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