One last comment is that I do agree with Emily that it would be a shame if Roy Stacey embellished the story in an attempt to promote the breed to the Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities. It is the sort of thing that sets back acceptance of a breed.
However, I suspect he's telling the truth that he obtained his foundation stock from his father in Kentucky, who, in turn may have obtained some then mutt strain of brood bantam for hatching quail eggs from some neighbor. They were kept under Roy's stewardship for many years and they take their current form based solely on his ideas of how they should be standardized. But, that's still a pretty substantial history, longer than some recognized breeds such as the American Game Bantam, which Frank Gary developed from pit fighters and red jungle fowl in the 1940s. The Specks may have only been kept by a fairly small group of family farmers in hollers of Eastern Kentucky for generations. Only Roy Stacy knows the truth of the matter.
But, again, what matters to me is that these are great chickens and I think they should be recognized. They lay well, provide a lot of interest with their behavior, and seem to be perfect for a back yard city flock that don't take up as much room as large fowl layers. Those are some great merits and I really hope the ABA will consider them for admission into their standard.
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