Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Gamefowl History: The Origin Of The Bumblefoot Grey

Gamefowl History: The Origin Of The Bumblefoot Grey

history of the Curtis Blackwell and for that matter Red Fox fowl, is that Curtis Blackwell and Harold Brown fought a one eyed gamecock from Zack Abney of Prattville, Ala. His was the best shown at Orlando that year.

Curtis was down at Zacks and learned that he had four sisters to his gamecock. Curtis persuaded Zack to let him have two of them. These two hens were bred to a regular grey rooster from Jimmie Hawes that came out of a trio of a $500.00 trio from C.C. Cook. This mating produced wonderful looking gamecocks that couldn't win so they were dubbed non-cutters.

The non-cutter hens were bred to a Griffin Claret gamecock produced all the winning Red Fox gamecocks called the No. 1's.

A few years ago Curtis Blackwell saw W.A. Kelso fight a gamecock that he admired very much. His Kelso gamecock was a loser but looked good to Curtis losing.

Mr. Kelso gave him to Curtis. His Kelso gamecock bred to the non-cutter hens produced gamecocks that tied with Mr. Kelso for the money at Hot Springs in about 1956. Bob Jones, Billy Ruble, and Bobby Manziel each got one of these gamecocks. I had them walked here for Curtis. This was the year that Mr. Kleberg died when Curtis worked for him.

To produce the Bumblefoots, Curtis reached back and bred the grey rooster that was half Ted McLean Hatch and half the original Law hen. This hatch is in all of Curtis blood today and is also heavy in the blood of Billy Ruble's power gamecocks.

The gamecocks that Curtis fought at Orlando represented Hatch inbred to the McLean Hatch on the sire side and inbred Kelso blood on the hen side. Curtis did considerable inbreeding to this Kelso 109 gamecock.

Incidentally, some of the Duke Hulsey's winners are Bumblefoots that Bobber Jordan got from Curtis. Duke also got at least a dozen of the Bumblefoot hens for his brood yards also.

So I guess this is how they were made from reading this issue. There is also like a family tree showing it in more detail. Hope this can help people understand more clearly. I would also like to add that the Kelso 109 gamecock was made from a Murphy rooster bred to a McClanahan Hen, so I guess this could tell you this is how some of Mr Walter Kelso's, Kelso's were made.

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Monday, December 05, 2005

Poultry Health Concerns - Possible Outbreaks of Bird Flu in UK

Over 1,500 birds found dead in Ukraine


KIEV (Reuters) - Officials in Ukraine, so far free of bird flu, have sent experts to investigate the sudden deaths of more than 1,500 birds in the Crimea peninsula, the Agriculture Minister said on Friday. [see the site map]

Oleksander Baranivsky, speaking to 1+1 television, said the birds were found in a half dozen villages in the peninsula jutting into the Black Sea. He gave no details on the type of birds or other information.

"At the moment we have 1,621 dead birds. Tonight, the situation will become more clear," Baranivsky told the station by telephone.

"Measures are being taken. Experts have been sent there. If cases of any specific virus are found, further measures will be introduced."

The channel said the sale of privately raised domestic poultry had been banned in Crimea.

Romania on Friday discovered new cases of bird flu in the Danube Delta it shares with Ukraine and samples were being sent to a British laboratory to determine whether the infected birds had the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain.

Romania became the first country in mainland Europe to detect the H5N1 virus in two villages in the delta.

Bird flu has also been found in several regions of Russia, Ukraine's northern neighbor.

Ukrainian officials have performed analyses on thousands of domestic and wild birds but detected no cases of bird flu. All hunting of birds has been halted and residents have been told to keep their stocks indoors to prevent contact with wild birds.

Source (Rueters)