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Feb 18, 2014 07:42 AM

Help ID a chicken

Many years ago I had a 'banty' pair of these chickens. I thought they were called 'Old English game hens' but the photos I see on Goggle are definitely not the same birds.
My birds had ENORMOUS breasts/thighs and drumsticks. Their legs were really thick for the size of the bird.
The most pronounced thing about them was their legs were so far apart. Forgive my 'art work' but it does show how far apart the legs were. Also the birds were very squat/short. If memory serves they were supposed to have been breed from 'fighting cocks'. But that may not be so. They were dark brown and 'rusty orange colored.
Does anyone recognize this bird. It's driving me nuts!

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  1. Puffin,
    I suggest you go to the live hatchery catalog, it has color pics of hundreds of varieties of fowl.

    1. I love the drawing! :-)

      Another resource for you:

      Everyone on those boards are extremely friendly and helpful. Good luck!

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      1. re: UTgal

        Consider the drawing my personal gift to you. T-shirts? Mugs? The sky's the limit!
        Best Regards.

      2. Hmmmmm.... Foghorn Something.....

          1. OMG.....I ran into this guy on a recent trip to Mexico, he went by "Polo Loco".....I got this picture of him if it helps.

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            1. re: jrvedivici

              Amazing. Amazing indeed. Who drew the picture? Polo Loco or you?

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                poco loco was a great country rock band at some am I old?

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  I drew the picture.
                  I did sign up on a 'chicken-breed' forum and it turns out the chickens I had so many eons ago were in fact 'Dark Cornish'.
                  When people claim 'cornish game hens are nothing more than young basic chickens I've always disagreed.
                  The 'dark cornish' chickens are what I think of as 'cornish game hens.
                  Big difference.
                  Goggle 'dark cornish' chickens and you'll see the differences.

                  1. re: Puffin3

                    We raise the dark Cornish breed, as well as the regular white broiler Cornish X. The dark Cornish take a really long time to reach a decent size for eating, about eight to ten weeks for "game hens", and they look and taste very little like the game hens from the store. If we butcher the Cornish X chicks at about five weeks of age, we get perfect little, tender, plump Cornish game hens as one would find in the store. Each have their benefits, but the dark Cornish is not the efficiently growing breed used for today's Cornish game hens bought in the store, originally yes, but not anymore.

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    AAAAAAAHHHHHHH, no you didn't. But the 'stash' and hat do help my original. LOL