When I was narrowing the scouting. This is where it became a win-win. The backyard breeder in Kentucky was the "father" of the backyard breeder in "Texas". Both with the blood I wanted, the REAL Hanky Dean Claret Breeding.
Scouted some derbies in Texas where Cigar compete when it was still legal. I scouted
it hard to check if this is the kind of chicken I need for our type of competition in the
Philippines. It took a quick decision what we wanted.
In scouting BREEDING chickens, you have to ask yourself. Is he a good handler? breeder? Some folks are very good in handling but that does not mean
it can be bred good when imported. A very good tip my friend. Look for BREEDING
chickens. I have seen many cases of good handlers but not good breeders.
I've scouted places in Alabama, Georgia, California, Texas, Kentucky and Missisippi.
All good Clarets I have seen for good baseline blood breeding are:
1. Wine Red
2. Medium Station
3. Pearly White Legs
4. Body/Chest are prominent signs of Whitehackle Ancestry.
5. Good Cutters
6. Good Breaking ability (does not break when it cannot cut)
7. Win quick, ABILITY to DRAG and Win if needed.
8. Fiery Red Eyes and face is flushing red.
9. Straight Comb
10. Throws white streamers
For a backyard breeder, it is important that on your first attempt to breed,
you can see results. Save time, resources and money.
Cigar Hanky Dean Clarets are medium and medium tall balanced. Can be shown pure,
and can win pure. Even if the opponents are much more taller, a few folks can attest
when we fought the pure Cigars, some wins clean or win with slight cut only.
Clarets are not for breeding beauty. It does shows mostly beautiful chickens but
I witness those that are not wins in multiple.
We have fought a few that we just rotated daily and fed good and pickup from the yard straight to hackfights. Another good sign of good Claret breeding.
You dont here the name, Mr. Hunt and Cigar -- no neon signs
5 years of scouting Clarets paid off.
Hope this helps.