To simplify the story of the Allen Roundheads for those who haven’t heard it before.However there are also Black Roundheads and Negro Roundheads and on and on.

by Timothy A. Crane

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. or so.

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 the name Whitehackles comes from the old English custom of trimming the neck hackles close to the skin so that the cocks with a white under feather in the neck would be a whitehackle.They arrived in the USA from Ireland without an ID tag.American cocks are today.You might ask about the Boston Roundheads that made the Allens.

The original Kearney (and Duryea) Irish Whitehackles had a % of pea combs as well as the Irish Whitehackles bred by my Irish friend John Tynan.The Gradys’ were originated seemingly as a succession of battle crosses by Col Grist of GA.I have owned many, many “Roundhead” fowl over the past long yrs.

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. Of course the name Whitehackles comes from the old English custom of trimming the neck hackles close to the skin so that the cocks with a white under feather in the neck would be a whitehackle. There are also breeds called Blackhackle. There are jillions of Oriental/American crosses that come peacomb and are called Roundheads that contain not a drop of the original Allen bloodline. As is true for all other strains-some Roundheads are awfully good while others are awfully bad but most are somewhat in the middle.

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 have owned many, many “Roundhead” fowl over the past long yrs. I have been in the sport. 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.

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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