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Puffin3 Feb 18, 2014 07:42 AM

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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    Raffles RE: Puffin3 Feb 18, 2014 09:33 AM

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

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      UTgal RE: Puffin3 Feb 18, 2014 09:48 AM

      I love the drawing! :-)

      Another resource for you: http://www.backyardchickens.com/

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

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      1. re: UTgal
        Puffin3 RE: UTgal Feb 18, 2014 10:16 AM

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

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        JoeBabbitt RE: Puffin3 Feb 18, 2014 12:39 PM

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

        1. Chemicalkinetics RE: Puffin3 Feb 18, 2014 12:46 PM

          This looks like a robot chicken.

          1. jrvedivici RE: Puffin3 Feb 18, 2014 01:47 PM

            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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              Chemicalkinetics RE: jrvedivici Feb 18, 2014 03:18 PM

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

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                Raffles RE: Chemicalkinetics Feb 18, 2014 03:25 PM

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

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                  Puffin3 RE: Chemicalkinetics Feb 19, 2014 04:30 AM

                  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.

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                    earthygoat RE: Puffin3 Feb 20, 2014 05:13 PM

                    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.

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                  fourunder RE: jrvedivici Feb 18, 2014 06:59 PM

                  Amigo....it's Pollo...Comprende

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                    jrvedivici RE: fourunder Feb 19, 2014 04:41 AM

                    Si SeƱor !

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                    Puffin3 RE: jrvedivici Feb 19, 2014 04:32 AM

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

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                    dhaven RE: Puffin3 Feb 18, 2014 01:49 PM

                    Probably Cornish Rocks. They come in a range of colors and patterns.

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                      Nyleve RE: dhaven Feb 19, 2014 12:43 PM

                      Ditto on the Cornish. They come in various colours but they all have that slightly wrestling-champ look to them. We keep chickens and I go to a lot of live chicken sales - never get the Cornish ones because they look too stumpy.

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                        Puffin3 RE: Nyleve Feb 20, 2014 07:04 AM

                        Just guessing but if memory serves the 'dark cornish' I raised had a lot more meat on them than your basic chicken.
                        At least the confusion about 'cornish game hens' only being young every day chickens is cleared up.

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                          earthygoat RE: Puffin3 Feb 20, 2014 05:20 PM

                          I also recommend the Murray McMurray website. Tons of great info.

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