Breed Profile: ISA Brown

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 21 July 2020

Isa Brown Chickens in the garden

ISA Brown

If you would like an all around great chicken that lays LOTS of great big brown eggs, then look for ISA Brown Chickens! They are wonderful chooks! They are sweet, friendly quiet mannered chickens that enjoy sharing affection with their human families. And, to top it all off, grab your egg baskets, because these beautiful copper penny coloured hens are prolific layers. Typically, a single hen will provide your family with three hundred to three hundred and fifty big brown eggs per year. How egg-citing!


  • Origin: French
  • Size: 2-3 kg
  • Rarity: Common
  • Purpose: Egg Production
  • Recognised Variations: Copper


  • Medium
  • 300+ Eggs Average Annually


Caring for your girls is easy. They are wonderfully low maintenance and adapt easily to various climates and surroundings. Being the prolific egg-layers that they are though, these gals may need some supplemental protein due to the fact that their bodies convert the protein from their feed into egg producing fuel and thus, their lovely feathers will need some protein TLC. Early maturation allows these chickens to begin laying anywhere from sixteen weeks to twenty-two weeks of age versus the point of lay of other breeds which can be up to twenty-four weeks or even longer. Purchasing ISA Brown Chickens at point of lay is a wise decision and a great place to start whether you are a veteran or a new chicken keeper looking for an egg-cellent, highly reliable laying hen.


  • Hardy in Winter: Yes
  • Especially Docile: Yes!
  • Personality: ISA Brown Chickens are one of the best breed for a first time chicken owner, they are extremely personable and get along with humans extremely well. Isa Browns are also a great choice for the family with children, whether the kids are at home or school age, ISA browns are gentle chickens that tend not to be flighty around children as some other breeds are.
  • Family Friendly Rating: 5/5
  • Other Chicken Breeds with high 'Family Friendly Rating': Orpington, Rhode Island Red, New HampshirePolish & Barred Plymouth Rock

ISA Brown Hens foraging on lawn

For more information about this wonderful and reliable chicken breed, have a peck at the 5 reasons we love ISA Brown chickens right here!


Before making that important decision, take a moment to consider all the other awesome breeds you could choose! It can be eggstremely overwhelming to find the perfect fit for your family. From looks to traits to egg-laying talents - where should you begin?

Cluckily, our friends over at Chickenpedia have created an amazing Chicken Breeds Course. This extensive online course shares helpful guidance on choosing the top chickens for you as well as size & frequency of eggs laid. For each breed, there are categories that will help you compare key attributes like eggs, temperament, size and hardiness. They also include a “Family-Friendly” rating for each bird which is based on their friendliness, docile nature and whether or not they are tolerant, patient and non-aggressive towards kids or pets such as dogs or cats.  It really is a great way to discover your perfect backyard buddies which is why I highly recommend them to all of my readers!  The courses are beginner-friendly and filled with essential information to help you raise a happy, healthy flock.

We all want to do an eggcellent job when caring for our feathered friends. Many keepers struggle to handle chicken health or behaviour issues, especially in the first few years of having a flock. Chickenpedia have a broad range of comprehensive online courses that cover everything you didn’t know you need to know and then some more! From healthcare to raising baby chicks to feeding and behavior, get the knowledge and confidence to successfully look after your flock. 

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Do you keep Isa Brown Chickens? Upload a photo in the comments below, I would love to see them! 

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