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Kelso the smartest Gamefowls

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Kelsos are very smart and stylish fighters. Unlike other gamefowl strains, Kelsos don't just randomly jump into the opponent, but strikes and side-steps before launching their own attack mid-air. If a Kelso is first to launch in the air, chances are, the clueless opponent will be jumping out of impulse and pure muscle memory which makes his breast vulnerable to getting hit. One-two hit and then it's over.

Johny Jumper Out and Out Kelso

Johnny Jumper's Out & Out Kelsos have been known to be really smart fighters on top of power, speed and multiple shuffle or evasion tactics. Some pundits will say the pure breed ones lack cutting ability, but this is from the old days. Most Kelsos today have already been crossed with good cutters, so they are something to watch out for!

The new Kelsos still got the speed and gameness of the purebred Kelsos, but are now deadlier with the cutting and plumage of your preferred cross from whatever gamefowl, from Brown Reds to Roundheads or even the Sweater. Walter Kelso's original breed themselves flew high, and are multiple shufflers but weak cutters. Most cockers were adamant about the bloodline purity those days because of such weakness.

The improved Kelsos did not gain these amazing gamefowl traits themselves from pure line breeding but from crosses with winning gamefowl that Walter Kelso would purchase on the spot during his days breeding fighters. Look for really good cutting gamefowl like roundheads and brown reds or greys which are also game to the core and cross them with purebred Kelso. Kelsos may be both yellow and white-legged but the latter are the ones preferred by buyers.

The Kelso Bloodline History

The late Walter Kelso from Galveston Island, Texas was a champion for crossbreeding. To improve strains, in a time when most breeder folks are fixated on the tradition of keeping their bloodlines as pure as possible, Kelso handpicked winning gamefowl to breed with his stock, something unheard of during his time.

Walter Kelso

Walter Kelso

Kelso entered gamefowl derbies under the name "Oleander", a flowering shrub, and his fighters were all a series of gamefowl crossbreeds. When his good friend John Madigin died in 1942, Kelso and breeder colleague Bill Japhet inherited all of Madigin's fowl, which included some of the finest Clarets, Madigin Grays, and Texas Rangers.

Kelso improved his fighters by getting winning stocks to breed with his own. After watching another rooster win, Kelso would buy the winning fighter to breed with his. While other breeders believed that the Holy Grail of gamefowl strains lay in pure stocks, Kelso had different ideas. He wrote, "I immediately began infusing new blood in the Madigin hens." About 1940, during the Orlando Tournament, Judge Ed Wilkins of San Antonio, Texas, fought a beautiful light blue Typewriter cock that won his first fight easily and was repeated to win a second fight on the same day. Kelso asked for and received this cock.

Smokey Wallace, JD Perry, Walter Kelso and Harold Brown
Smokey Wallace, JD Perry, Walter Kelso and Harold Brown

The Typewriters are a strain of gamefowl created from the cross of a Marsh Butcher cock with two Irish Blue hens from James G. Oakley of Alabama. The Butcher family is a cross of Grove Whitehackle (Lawman and Gilkerson) and the Marsh Gray Speeders, which are a combination of the old Santo Domingo Grays from the West Indies island of that name and Burnell Shelton's old Knob comb Blues. Kelso was more focused on getting new traits to improve performance of any breed he owned than keeping a strain as pure as possible. He mated a new fighter to the sister of his best fighting gamefowl. If the cross produced winning fighters, Kelso would add other sisters to the pen.

"The Out and Out Kelso"

Duke Hulsey offered to let Kelso have any of the Clipper cocks he liked. Kelso with Sweater McGinnis handling had met Bobby Schlesigner in his deciding fight at 1942 Orlando Tournament. Kelso won the fight and the Tournament but had been impressed with the quality of the Schlesinger cocks. E.W. Law started these Yankee Clippers by crossing his Clarets with Dan O'Connell's Albany fowl. This Albany family was made by mating some hens that were Hatch, Foley's Ginger, Roundhead, and maybe some Pine Whitehackle (Stryker, mostly), with a Hardy Mahogany cock (Jim Thompson Mahogany and Kearney cross). The Yankee Clipper cock was mated to two of the Left-Out Kelso hens to produce the original Out-and-Out cocks that won 85 percent of their fights in major competition over a six-year period (1947 to 1953). These cocks were 1/2 Yankee Clipper, 1/4 Murphy, 1/8 Typewriter, 1/8 McClanahan.

Kelso Gamefowl

More often than not, the matches produced worthless offspring and the cock was discarded. Despite the high rate of attrition, this method of infusing new blood was the primary way of creating the Out and Out Kelso family which still stands as the best core bloodline or stock for crossing into better fighters. It has also created many of the winners in the world's gamefowl circuit. The Out and Out Kelso family has this monicker because the cocks were marked in the outside web of both feet. The Out and Out Kelsos are black breasted reds (a deep mahogany to light red) with their white or yellow legs and pea or straight comb.

Kelso Fowl

In 1951, Oleander won the Oaklawn Derby at Hot Springs, Arkansas, with a ten and two score. One of the Out-and-Out cocks won a quick battle and then was repeated to also win the deciding fight. In his second win, the cock broke the tip of his wing. This was the Broke wing cock that was mated back to three Murphy cross hens (probably from the Left-Out yards).

In 1955, cocks from this Broke wing yard were fought in the Oaklawn Derby and Oleander won ten, lost two to split first money.

At the Oaklawn Derby in 1956, Oleander won four lost four the first two days of fighting and then on the last, they had a full show of the pea-comb cocks from the Broke wing yard. They won four straight to tie for first money with the Van Horne entry of Kentucky. It just so happened that the Van Horne entry was using cocks bred by Curtis Blackwell out of a full brother to the four final Oleander winners.

In 1957 Kelso advertised all of his fowl for sale except the cock he needed for the events he had promised to enter. In the ad, his bloodlines are listed as Murphy, McClanahan, Claret and Albany. It was rumored that the Broke wing yard went to a major cocker for $ 500.00.


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