Hey, all. I have a question for gamefowl breeders out there. I once read that the extremely rare Kraienkoppe chicken (which originated in Germany) has as its primary ancestors the Leghorn and the Malay. I was wondering if it would be possible to recreate a new strain of Kraienkoppe by crossing a Leghorn with a Malay.
I have heard that walnut combs like those seen on the Malay will dominate the single combs seen on Leghorns in the offspring of a walnut x single combed chicken. Is that true? If so, than the Kraienkoppe's walnut comb would definitely be dominant.
For those of you who don't know, the Kraienkoppe is a medium/small chicken with an erect posture favoring its Malay ancestry, but with a longer back and shorter neck favoring its Leghorn ancestry. It has a relatively large tail, similar to an American Gamefowl, and it has a walnut comb and shorter beak. If you want good pics, you can Google this breed, but you can also go to IDEAL Poultry Hatchery's website for a painting (though not near as perfect as what they sell) or you can visit Feathersite and see Barry's photos. Unfortunately, I know of no serious breeder here in the USA who offers them.
I realize that Leghorns and Malays were probably not the only breeds used in the genesis of the Kraienkoppe, but they were the main breeds, so I hear. Please give me your professional opinion on this. Even if I don't get perfect Kraienkoppes, all I want to know is whether or not you guys think it would be a good start. I assume that an Old English Large Fowl Game could accurately complete the ancestry, but because the Kraienkoppe is so unfortunately rare, I know not whether the OEG was used in its production.
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