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    History of the Morgan Whitehackles

    Col. William l Morgan of east Orange, NJ bred and perfected this strain of gamefowl, and it takes its name from him. As the Morgan fowl are practically pure Gilkerson North Britains, it is necessary to go somewhat into the history of that strain. About 1858, George Gilkerson, an English farmer living in Cortland County, NY, imported some fowl from Cumberland, England from a man named Lawman a relative of Billy Lawman of New York State. In this country they were known as North Britains and later known as Gilkerson whitehackles. North Britains contained duckwing red, brown red and pyle. On and before his death Gilkerson gave many of his fowl to Col. Morgan among these fowl was a little imported Scottish hen, which gilkerson prized most highly. Col. Morgan bred this hen with the old Gilkerson fowl and her blood is in all his fowl. Morgan did not know the history of this hen but expressed the opinion that she was nothing more or less than a Lawman hen that had been bred across the border in Scotland. All her stags looked and acted just like the Gilkerson fowl. The Morgan whitehackles became famous than the Gilkerson fowl had ever been. He whipped Kearney, the Eslins, Mahoney and many of a less note in many mains in the Pennsylvania coal mining district no man has ever approached this record in short heels, and the backbone of all these mains was pure Morgan whitehackles Col. Morgan never made but two permanent outcrosses in the straight strain. Morgan got a ginger hen from Perry Baldwin, and put her on the yard of Sonny Stone of Newark. He had Stone to bred her her grand-daughters and great grand-daughters under Morgan cocks. The resulting progeny had the bloody heel and fighting quality of the pure Morgan's and still retained some of the excessive courage of the ginger [newbold fowl]. Morgan finally took a fifteen-sixteenth Morgan and a sixteenth {ginger] newbold hen from Stone and bred her on his own yard. That is the blood in all Morgan fowl. About the beginning of the century John Hoy of Albany obtained possession of the fowl of Billy Lawman. Morgan and Hoy exchanged brood fowl freely and as the fowl were identical in general make-up and characteristics the offspring bred on as the pure strain. Morgan bred the lawman cock when reduced to one quarter in his favorite pens at the time of his death there was a small percentage of this blood in most of his fowl. In the early nineties Morgan gave a small pen of his fowl to a Col. in Virginia. The Col. inbred the fowl and on his death they fell into the hands of a professor at Georgetown university, who knew nothing about breeding or cock fighting. He kept the family pure breeding his favorite cock to the whole flock on hens. When he died the fowl were still inbred in NJ. Neither the family Morgan bred or the family that had been inbred had changed appearance or quality in twenty-five years. Although kept absolutely apart bred together the young cannot be told from the parents on either side except that they are larger and stronger that the offshoot family

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    morgan whitehackles

    Guys,
    I am curious if any of you have ever dealt with this strain? How well do they perform in the slasher blade? I am thinking of getting a trio. Feedback appreciated.

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    morgan whitehackle

    are these decent birds to raise and how do they cross

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    they are great birds very good to own..
    true to the word game very beautiful
    easily handle like the best cross with roundhead

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    I like them straight or crossed on hatch. Good whitehackle is a pretty rugged bird

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    Re: morgan whitehackle

    Who has good Morgan whitehackle I have a friend looking for a good family of Morgan whitehackle.

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    Re: morgan whitehackle

    Lets bump this back up............

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    Re: morgan whitehackle

    [QUOTE=wabug;3580627]Who has good Morgan whitehackle I have a friend looking for a good family of Morgan whitehackle.[/QUOTE.
    @ Wabug Ima help u out by pushing this to the top

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    wabug,how are you bro,hows your mclean doing?lots of chicks already.god bless bro.

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    Re: morgan whitehackle

    This is a whitehackle brood cock, they are good fowl i likem alot

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    If you can find anyone with the old Glen Bosley Morgan Whitehackle blood you will be far out in front of the game.He had some of the best Morgans I have ever seen.That was at least 20 years ago though I dont know if anyone has kept them up.Hope this helps.

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    A guy I know wopn the CLAYMORE twice with his MORGANS and STRYKERS. Now I would say that they are more than decent to raise, wouldn't you? He has other birds in his yard, but he likes his whitehackles (Morgans and Strykers) the best. He shows them in the short program. You need to cross them if you show in the PH. His Morgans come mostly spangled and white legged and the Strykers and brown red mostly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamecocker91 View Post
    This is a whitehackle brood cock, they are good fowl i likem alot
    I want one...I have seen this picture several times here...Beautiful!

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    thanks lag...............................

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    I have always liked the whitehackle, because they won't let me down. They are a very hardy breed and stable in their traits when bred. I never have as much culling with them as some and after 30+ years I still have the blood, they are survivors for sure. I suspect, they will be on my yerd till the end. Very much like hatch in personality and traits also good looking feather.

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    Who has really Good Morgan Whitehackles?

    I have some old Morgan Whitehackle blood that is performing really well. I am wanting to add a little new blood to it to keep it freshened up. I am open to all suggestions.

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    Re: Who has really Good Morgan Whitehackles?

    My morgan broodcock, they are extremely game.

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    Re: Who has really Good Morgan Whitehackles?

    Nice looking bird. What are they best suited for?

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    Re: Who has really Good Morgan Whitehackles?

    Any weapon, i have shown them many times in gaffs with great results

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    Re: Who has really Good Morgan Whitehackles?

    Mine do good pure in gaff but are even better when crossed. My pure ones are excellent in lk.

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    Re: Who has really Good Morgan Whitehackles?

    i dont know any one with morgans but donald stevenson has the best lowman whitehackles they are real game won derbies all over

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    Re: Who has really Good Morgan Whitehackles?

    Chad123, do you have any pics or video?

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    Re: Who has really Good Morgan Whitehackles?

    No i only have one of dons cocks obtained through a friend the look like pure butchers white legged lemon color and white streamers in there tail if i can figure out how to post a pic i will

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    Re: Who has really Good Morgan Whitehackles?

    They are excellent fowl and when crossed always make better then average fowl.

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    Re: Who has really Good Morgan Whitehackles?

    Ok I would appreciate it. I will try to get a pic of mine to post on here in the morning.

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    Re: Who has really Good Morgan Whitehackles?

    I've heard that the best to cross with most SC WL/YL fowls are the Lowman WH. I don't know how true is that.

    Quote Originally Posted by chad123 View Post
    i dont know any one with morgans but donald stevenson has the best lowman whitehackles they are real game won derbies all over

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    Re: Who has really Good Morgan Whitehackles?

    Mr Trombley in upstate NY has the old Dr Tuttle Morgans. Only thing he has line bred them back to a golden hen as some would say and now they are coming solid white but, are just as good still.

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    Re: Who has really Good Morgan Whitehackles?

    BOB152 and Butch Taylor...

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    Re: Who has really Good Morgan Whitehackles?

    Mr Terry in Ky has had them over 50 years and they still coming good. has had them longer than Morgan himself. 1500 a trio last time we talked. Don't know if he'll even sell any right now. But ya never know. YFIS

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    Re: Who has really Good Morgan Whitehackles?

    I am mostly interested in a stag or Pullet. Just something to try out first. Then maybe later on purchase a trio if they blend well.

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