To simplify the history of Allen Roundheads for those who have not heard it before.
Will Allen, of Mississippi, got a Boston Roundhead joystick from Dr. Fred Saunders and crossed it over chickens with a mix of Redquill and Grist Grady. The Gradys & # 39; were originally a succession of battle crosses by Colonel Grist of GA. Among the breeds that make up the Gradys, there was Claiborne, the Shawl neck (Whitehackles of the southern United States) and Warhorse, as well as some Spanish blue broth.
Since all these breeds are direct-rays, it seems that the Boston rooster has very strong genes of pea comb to give this characteristic to his descendants and his descendants for generations to come, after 100 years. or
I have owned many, many birds "Roundhead" in recent years. I have been in the sport. I put the name in quotation marks because it recalls (in the United States) most hens with dotted combs that are black-breasted red with white or yellow legs and do not show too much their eastern line.
However, there are also blackheads and blackheads, etc. So now it is used more as a generic term for the pea comb hen than as the name of a specific breed. However, the name generally refers to the Allen and Shelton round heads (Shelton was Allen's brother-in-law and they owned the chicken together). But another "however" the Allen Roundheads were race and developed to a large extent by another old man, RE Walt. In fact, in my youth, most Roundhead players were OK. were called RE Walt Roundheads instead of Allens.
You might ask about the Boston round heads that made the Allens. They arrived in the United States from Ireland without an identification tag. According to my sources, it was known that these birds were of Irish Whitehackles breed, as were the more common English Whitehackles, such as the Northern British, Earl of Derbies, etc., but many Irish had pea rays. . The original Irish Whitehackles of Kearney (and Duryea) had a percentage of pea combs, as well as the Irish Whitehackles bred by my Irish friend John Tynan. I think he called them Queen Anne Whitehackles but I forgot about it for sure.
Remember that after the colonization of India by England, English breeders had access to the best oriental hens such as Asil and even Japan. These eastern lines were then added to the first 500-year-old English poultry. A few years ago, it weighed only about 4 lbs like the little Spanish roosters of today. The eastern crosses increased the size to about 5 pounds. or bigger, what most American cocks are today.
Over the years, the English breeders cultivated the pea comb, but as this did not bother the Irish, they continued to breed straighthaired combs and Whitehackles pea combs. Of course, the name Whitehackles comes from the old English custom of cutting hackles from the neck close to the skin so that the cocks with a white under the feather of the neck were whitehack. There are also breeds called Blackhackle. There are billions of Eastern / American crosses that come from the peacomb and that call Roundheads that do not contain a drop of Allen's original blood line. As is the case for all other strains, some round heads are terribly good while others are terribly bad, but most are a little in the middle. The Kelso pea comb owes many of its qualities to the George Smith Roundhead (identical to that of Lundy Roundheads), which was mixed with Claret to make the McClannahans that Walter Kelso had used on his first cross.