Rhode Island Reds
The info below is about my line of birds
I have the old Mohawk line.
In the pictures you can see the differance between a Mohawk Rhode Island Red and a hatchery Rhode island Red
Mohawk V. 1928
Yours look dark in color.
The guy who sold you these birds should be about my age.
You have a different line of E W reese large fowl as he must have kept these birds from Mr. Reese pure for over twenty years.
When he told you they where Reese large fowl no buddy says that anymore because Mr. Reese has been out of Reds for over 20 years.
This is what I would like for you to do.
Hatch as many as you can and send me pictures of your young bird next year when they are about six months old.
I will be happy to help you put some matings together which would be say the best two or three females back to the old cock bird and the best looking cockerel to the old hen.I would also, like to get some eggs from you to cross into the old Mohawk line that I use to have.
If you wish to sell this pair latter in a year or two let me know and I will buy them from you.
You have a strain of Rhode Island Red that goes something like this: George Tracy from New York got them going about 1905.
He sold his strain to Owen Farms of Mass in about 1910. Mrs. Donald Donaldson of Decatur Georgia got eggs from them in 1912.
She breed her strain and did very well and bought a Rhode Island Red from Maurice Wallace in 1929 called Mohawk V for $150.
In todays money that would be maybe $2,000.
She crossed this male into her flock and had one of the top three flocks of Large Fowl Reds in the history of Reds.
She sold many birds to Buddy Day and E W Reese Jr. of Tompson Georgia in the 1960s and she died in 1967.
I got my birds from Mr. Reese about 22 years ago and the fellow that you got your pair did as well.
At this time there are two people who have my strain a Brian Simmons in Fla and Greg Chamness in Ill.
There are two nice fellows in Colorado who have some of Gregs birds and then a family in Kansas.
That is the last of the breed that I know of or this old line of Mrs. Donaldsons birds.
So you my friend have the new line and I am so happy for you.
May you be the next Mrs. Donaldson of Standard Breed Rhode Island Red Large Fowl.