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Blueface & McLean Hatch

Posted by Bama Red on March 8, 2012 at 10:10 AM


by Paul Edward V. Tan and Noel R. Dimatulac (September 19, 2009)

In the spring of 1949, Ted McLean had two beautiful “Straight Bred McLean Hatch Stags”, but Ted McLean only wanted to breed one. They were full brothers, well made, green legged, weighed about 4.10 lbs, and they could not be distinguished except that one was a pea comb. His wing clip was 48-90; while the straight comb was 48-96.

In order to determine who is more worthy for the breeding pens, Ted McLean decided to heel them up and fight them which Ted McLean and Harry Parr did in McLean's pit in the barn. The straight comb proved to be the better fighter and cutter. Consequently, the straight comb blinded the pea comb stag. Being a strict and meticulous gameness breeder, Ted McLean said he had seen enough and ordered to cut the head off of the pea comb McLean Hatch (48-90).

Well, it was Harry Parr who handled the pea comb stag. Harry Parr claimed that “when the pea comb stag was in his hands it is evidently clear that all he wanted to do was get at the other stag.” After being pitted, he would search and as soon as contact was made, explodes. Thus, Harry Parr decided to take the pea comb stag and nurse him back to health. After a couple of weeks he regained the sight of one eye and was soon back in good health. Subsequently, Harry Parr bred the pea comb McLean Hatch (Cock 48-90) for two years and one day, before Ted McLean would ask Harry Parr to send the pea comb McLean Hatch (Cock 48-90) to Lun Gilmore. Lun Gilmore wanted a cock and at that time Ted did not have a really good one to spare. Consequently, Harry Parr shipped the cock.

Lun Gilmore and Pete Frost bred the Cock 48-90 to a hen that Ted had previously given to Pete. This hen was 47-65 (Straight Stuff x Morgan Whitehackle), by Green Leg Cock no. 2, the "straight stuff" out of hen no. 81 which was a Morgan Whitehackle from Heinie Mathesius. (You see none of the "straight stuff" on the hen side ever got out.) Prior to this Ted had given Pete Frost the Green Leg Cock no. 53 which became the sire of the Frost "Cherries". Lun Gilmore and Pete Frost had also bred this cock to hen 47-65 and sent Ted McLean and Harry Parr a stag from that mating which was called, after Lun, the "Alligator Cock".

The BLUE FACE BLOODLINE emerged from these three birds: Hen 47-65, Cock 53, Cock 48-90.

On the other hand, Sweater McGinnis was involved in the fighting activities of Lun Gilmore and Pete Frost at this time. Subsequently, the next time Harry Parr saw Sweater McGinnis was January 1958 in Orlando. Sweater McGinnis told Harry Parr that these "Blue Face" were the gamest chickens he had ever seen and that he kept the seed stock pure just to make battle crosses.

Sweater McGinnis asked Harry Parr if he would let him have another cock. Thus, Harry Parr sent him Cock 57-340. Sweater McGinnis told Harry Parr not to worry, because Mr. McGinnis didn't let the "straight" ones go but that they all fought under the name of "Blue Face". At one time, his favorites were ¼ Blue Face-¼ Regular Grey x ½ Leiper, bred in various combinations. Like all the other breeders, Sweater McGinnis experimented with many crosses and blends in an effort to produce superior battle cocks, but recognized the value of keeping the seed stock pure.

Parenthetically, Harry Parr was fortunate to get Cock 57-340 (Blue Face Hatch) back after Sweater’s death through the help of Willis Holding.

Amongst the breeders who have maintained the BLUE FACE HATCH, it was Richard Kelly who truly bred according to the blueprint of the BLUE FACE HATCH. CARSON FARM was fortunate enough and was able to buy two Broodcocks and two Broodhens from Richard Kelly in 2005.

The BLUE FACE HATCH of CARSON FARM is excellent to cross with the Cardinal Club Kelsos, and Sweaters which enabled CARSON FARM to win the Back-to-Back Champion in Fernando Coliseum. Moreover, CARSON FARM is also successful with the BLUE FACE x ROUNDHEAD cross which gave WINS during the past stag derbies.

The BLUE FACE gives gameness and power especially to stags. You cannot go wrong with the BLUE FACE HATCH for infusion purposes.


by Paul Edward V. Tan and Noel R. Dimatulac (September 19, 2009)

Every bloodline should start at something. Of course, they hatched from eggs. However, sometimes, tracing them through history might be too cumbersome, if not impossible considering the many adulterated information that have been circulated. Thus, I decided to make a cut off and start from Ted McLean of Maryland, through the story of Harry Par in 1977.[1]

In the early 1930’s, Mr. E. S. Hatch have been raising gamefowls consisting of four (4) basic bloodlines namely: 1) THE “BEASY” BREASTED LIGHT RED WHITEHACKLES; 2) THE BROWN BREASTED REDS WHITEHACKLE; 3) HERMAN DURYEA BOSTON ROUNDHEADS; and 4) THE GREEN LEGGED JIM THOMSON FOWL. The first two bloodlines of Whitehackles originated from the strains which Mike Kearny brought from Ireland. On the other hand, the Boston Roundhead was added to the fowls of Sandy Hatch when the latter worked for Herman Duryea. Lastly, the Green Legged fowl of Jim Thomson was also included and incorporated among the bloodlines which Mr. Hatched maintained. The strain which was developed out of these four bloodlines was called the “STRAIGHT STUFF” which was coined by Ted McLean and Harry Par.

Moreover, in the same period of time, E.S. Hatch and E.T. McLean were on the floor of the stock exchange and a friendship was forged between the two individuals. As evidence and testimony of their friendship, Sandy Hatch gave Ted McLean a “STRAIGHT STUFF COCK” which was a strain which was developed out of the four bloodlines that Mr. Hatch had--considering that Mr. Hatch barely parted with his fowls.

In those days, GAMENESS was the name of the game. Although the HATCH FOWL did not compile a great winning record; nonetheless, it still became so popular because of the immeasurable toughness and immense power that it possesses. Ted McLean was intelligent enough to breed towards these traits. However, every bloodline has its downside. The HATCH FOWL are poor cutters, low headed dumb fighters; that usually take two or three shots before unleashing one of their patented hay makers—the machine gun shuffle. Obviously as the heels got faster their ability to win lessened, so they are useless now if fought pure. Their value then, is only as an ingredient to produce battle cocks.

Ted McLean established his gamefarm in Maryland and had the finest gamefarm facilities a cocker could have ever seen at that time. Every year, Ted McLean experimented on breeding his fowl with other bloodlines, resulting to superior feathered gladiators. However, due to the strict gameness criterion of the breeder, as soon as one quit from these experimental breedings, all chickens containing that blood went under the axe. In 1954, Ted McLean retired from raising Chickens, although he continued to go with Harry Parr to the cockpits. At that time, all the yard of Ted McLean was inherited by Harry Par, and the only bloodline that had stood the test of time is the “STRAIGHT STUFF” blood that came from Sandy Hatch.

The McLean Hatch come both green legged and yellow legged, single comb and pea-comb. The hens are whearon or "dirty" partridge, and the cocks red. They vary in shades from dark mahogany to light reds with white under hackles and white in wings and tail. On the other hand, the Yellow-legged McLean Hatch are usually single comb yellow legged, reverting back to the Kearny Whitehackles. Most of the cocks' breasts are flecked with brown and quite a few come with lemon hackles at the shoulders.

Amongst the many other breeders who acquired the HATCH FOWL from Ted McLean, it was HAROLD BROWN of RedFox Farm who became one of the famous breeders of the McLean Hatch—if not the most famous. However, Harold Brown did not become famous by simply maintaining the Straight Stuff of Ted McLean. He infused 1/8 blood of the Leiper to perfect its fighting style. Some accounts show that the Leiper Hatch came from E.S. Hatch as well. Cocks come 90% peacomb, either dark or lemon hackle, average weight 5-6 pounds. Hens are either buff (McLean influence), or darker (Lieper influence).[2]

Meanwhile, a man by the name of LARRY ROMERO of Green Jeans Farm, used to walk roosters for Harold Brown. Subsequently, he was able to establish the Green Jeans Farm and was able to maintain the REAL DEAL MCLEANS.

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