Do You Have Large Rhode Island Reds
By Robert Blosl
Below are the names of breeders who have
my old strain of large fowl Rhode Island Reds. They have been doing very well with the strain and have maintained the gene
pool as I did, Mr. E W Reese did and also the founder of the strain in 1912 Mrs. Donald Donaldson. If I where to get a start
in the Mohawk line of Reds I would send them a 8x18x18 shipping box fro, Horizon shipping boxes and have them send me 6 to
10 ten started chicks between three and five weeks old. Have them shipped overnight. I would get two shipments from one of
the three breeders and then pick the best make from one line and two females from another line. You could have two family’s
and then line breed and or inbreed the best sons back to the mother and the best daughters back to the sire for three years.
In no time you could find the old genes that I once had. I hope you do this as this is the oldest pure strain of large Fowl
Reds in the county. They started at Owen Farms when Mrs. Donaldson got about six dozen eggs in 1911. Then she used the introduction
of Mohawk V from Maurice Wallace in 1929. She also got many birds from Harold Tompkins of Concord Mass before he died in 1954.
The secret to the Mohawk gene is in the female. You want a female that has super brick shape, super feather quality as a pullet
and who can lay about 190 eggs in her pullet year. They must be fast feathering birds. The tail feathers at peak form will
shoot out in the chicks at about 13 days of age. The males at this age will show the frame or extended keel that will give
you the brick shape. Go to my web site and read my articles on type, lost genes and color and the whole receipt is there for
you. I would go back to breeding them again, but I have an old strain of white rock large fowl and that is about the only
large fowl at this time that I can take care of to protect them from wild dogs and varmints. If you get a start from one of
these fine breeders I will personally help you build this line up to what I had back about six years ago. Robert Blosl
Callahan, Florida 32011
Andre St. Romain
14698 Chenal Road
Jarreau, Louisiana 70749
11439 Paulton Avenue.
My web site:
The box for shipping
The cost for my
large fowl started chicks will be $10 each plus shiping.