The Gilmore Hatch Gamefowl History
Lun Gilmore was a cocker and a good friend of Ben Ford, they fought birds with and against each other for over 60 years. Lun Gilmore acquired his birds direct from Sanford Hatch and Mike Kearny.
When Mike crossed the Kearny Brown Reds on the Hatch birds they were awesome as any ever bred until this day.
Sanford wanted to breed them back to the yellow legged side but Mike insisted on breeding them one more time to the Kearny Brown Red side and produced them to fight and fight they did and won some derbies against everyone at that time. He wanted to breed a cock of his fathers breeding, which was the Kearny Whitehackle to the Sanford/Kkerany and Kerany bleedings.
From this breeding he had 17 black birds with white specs in them and over 40 brownred looking birds, he then crossed these back on the Brown Reds-having the Kearny White Hackle in them and Hatch blood. They came all dark fowl with green legs. Mike gave Lun Glimore 6 hens and one dark red cock to breed over them. This was the origin of the Gilmore Hatch fowl,-and the Ben Ford fowl.
These birds were given and sold to Gilmore from Mr. Hatch and Mike Kearny. It did have Mike Kearny's fathers White Hackle blood in them and still till this day they will come spangle or dark!
The next breeding that was the Brown Red and Kearny Out and Out became the 42 Hatch that JD Perry dominated with the same fowl from same people except did not have the Kearny White Hackle in them yet mostly yellow leg, and the black legs made em all come odd green legged. Believe it or not, I knew Colonel Givens for over 40 years and he got his fowl from Lun Gilmore in the early 40s and also got some of Mike Kearny Jr.'s White Hackles that were dark red and spangled, and fought the Kearny White Hackle crosses at Sunset and all over North Alabama.
Colonel Givens and Jimmy East were the handlers for John Ovilan Fowler from Huntsville Ala. When John Fowler died Jimmy kept his Hatch fowl and Colonel Givens kept the White Hackles. So the Gilmore's are 1/4 Kearny White Hackle-1/4 Hatch- 1/2 Brown Red bred back to the 1/2 Hatch 1/2 Brown Red and kept that way until he passed on. Still to this day all Gilmore's will throw a spangle every other year or so. It depends on how they are bred and where you got them. So there is your facts believe it or not, but if ya didn't get em from Gilmore they're yours.
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