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History Of Roundhead Gamefowl

Sep 9, 2008
I think he called them Queen Anne Whitehackles but I have forgotten for sure.The pea comb Kelso fowl owe much of their good qualities to the George Smith Roundhead (same stock as Lundy Roundheads) that was blended with Claret to make the McClanahans that Walter Kelso used in his initial cross.

I put the name in quotes because it refers (in the USA) to most any pea comb fowl that happens to be black breasted reds with white or yellow legs and that do not show too much of their Oriental lineage.Remember after England colonized India, the English breeders had access to the best Oriental fowl such as Asil and even Japanese.Will Allen of Mississippi obtained a Boston Roundhead gamecock from Dr.RE Walt Roundheads instead of Allens.

I have been in the sport.Of course Whitehackles the name comes from the old English custom of cutting the neck hackles near the skin so that the tails with a white under the pen in his neck would be a whitehackle.They arrived in the States United Ireland without an ID tag.American taps are today.You may arise on the Boston Roundheads who made the Allens.

The original Kearney (and Duryea) Irish had a Whitehackles% combs peas and Irish Whitehackles raised by my friend John Irish Tynan.The Gradys were apparently home as a succession battle through a neck Grist GA . I have owned many "Roundhead" birds in recent years long.

There are jillions of Oriental/American crosses that come peacomb and are called Roundheads that contain not a drop of the original Allen bloodline.So now it is used more as a generic term for pea comb fowl than as the name of a specific breed.

Some of the breeds making up the Gradys were Claiborne, Shawl neck (Southern USA Whitehackles) and Warhorse, plus a bit of Spanish blue stock.However, generally the name refers to the Allen and Shelton Roundheads (Shelton was Allen's brother-in-law and they owned the fowl together).In fact in my younger days, most of the Roundhead gamefowl around OK.Since all these breeds are straight comb, it would seem that Boston cock had very strong pea comb genes to give that characteristic to his offspring and descendants for generations to come to this day- after 100 yrs.Spanish cocks today.

There are also breeds called Blackhackle.But another" however" the Allen Roundheads were breed and to a great extent developed by another old man-R.Over the years, the English breeders bred out the pea comb but since it didn't bother the Irish, they continued to breed both straight comb and pea comb Whitehackles.As is true for all other strains-some Roundheads are awfully good while others are awfully bad but most are somewhat in the middle.According to my sources, these fowl were known to be Irish Whitehackles-bred just like the more common English Whitehackles such as the North Britons, Earl of Derbies, and so on but many of the Irish had pea combs.

The Oriental crosses increased the size to around 5 lbs.Fred Saunders and crossed him over some hens that a blend of Redquill and Grist Grady.These Oriental bloodlines were then added to the early English fowl of 500 yrs.
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