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Barnyard Roosters

Some of the most spectacular roosters I've seen have been on friends farms, strutting around like they own the place. So it stand to reason that such beautiful feathers would have a place in fly tying.

What makes many of these birds interesting is that they are a mix of many breeds. Every size, shape and color, no two are the same.

If it's pure lines that interest you, poultry shows are a great place to see the different breeds. Everyones busy getting their best bird ready for the judge, comb and wattles oiledall up, and not a feather out of place, all in hopes to capture best of show!

Color, Form & Pattern

It is widely believed that all domestic breeds of chickens are descended from red junglefowl. However, take a look at this buff laced polish frizzle and you might find that hard to believe. Just how could these genes be hidden away in a bird that for the most part looks like the bird above? You might ask, what else is possible?

Early poultrymen in the New World blended the European and Asiatic races of fowls to create the Plymouth Rock, the ideal of a general purpose fowl; the Wyandotte, an earlier maturing bird of the same type; the American Leghorn, the most popular laying type; and the Rhode Island Red, the most popular dual purpose fowl, prized for its brown egg productions and a favorite for the table.

The American Standard of Perfection, first published in February of 1874, demanded harmonious developement of all characters and qualities of all recognized breeds. It listed 41 breeds, each distinguished by size, plumage color, comb type, skin color, number of toes, amount of feathering, earlobe color, egg color, as well as place of orgin. Todays edition lists nearly 60 and is the official breed standard for the poultry fancy and is used to judge at sanctioned poultry shows.

Todays finest genetic hackle can be traced back to these poultry shows. Henry Hoffman found a trio of barred Rock bantams at a show in Oregon and went on to develope the finest grizzly hackle on the market. At the same time, Harry Darbee, and later Andy Miner, were working to perfect dunn hackle. However, they took a much different path by starting with a flock of blue Andalusians, a large fowl mediterranean breed. The orgins of badger can be traced back to Colombia Rocks.

    Roosters - Capes & Saddles  

$25These are earth tone colors, all natural, just as they come off the bird. Scroll over the thumbnails to swap the image on the left or click on a thumbnail to open a window for a larger image.

  • grizzlies
  • browns
  • dunns
  • badger & furnace
  • saddles


grizzly lt grizzly dk grizzly rusty grizzly bleached grizzly grizzly splash
grizzly variant lt variant dk variant dunn grizzly dk dunn grizzly lt dunn grizzly



brown cream ginger barred ginger dark barred barred splash
red dark furnace pale furnace brown laced ginger laced honey laced



grey dunn tan dunn ashey dunn sandy dunn charcoal dunn splash dunn
black white color color color color



silver badger golden badger dunn badger furnace greenwell cock-y bondhu



grizzly brown cream lt ginger dk ginger furnace
black white rusty dunn sandy dunn charcoal dunn lt cream
silver badger golden badger speckled badger dk badger cream badger grey dunn variant



    Rooster Capes - Bright Colors  

$25These bright colors have been dyed on white, grizzly, and badger capes. Scroll over the thumbnails to swap the image on the left or click to open a window for a larger image.

  • on white
  • on grizzly
  • on badger
  • fly patterns


red yellow orange chartruese yellow chartruese green
purple pink salmon peach    



red red on dark red on light red on variant chartruese ch on dark
ch on varient pink pink on dark pink on light lt chartruese on dark
on light orange on dark on light    


These are some badger variant capes that have been dyed bright colors.

red pink chartruese yellow chartruese chartruese on ginger red on broken badger


I'm looking for flies to post here, so if you have any, please email me a picture and the recipie along with any notes on tying it and I'll post it. Email me if you have any questions,



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Large Fowl and Bantam Lines

Many breeds of chickens have a bantam counterpart. Bantams are miniture chickens, usually one-forth to one-fifth the size of the standard or large fowl. A true bantam has no large fowl counterpart and is naturally small.

The name bantam comes for the city Bantam, once a major port in Indonesia. European sailors prefered live fowl for long sea journeys and would stop there to restock. They were fond of the small native breeds that had become plentiful in that part of the world. As such, any small poultry came to known as a bantam.

    Full Skins  

If there's a favorite you're looking for, give me a call.

  • large fowl roosters
  • bantam roosters
  • hens

blue andalusian red pile andalusian silver laced wyandottes pale blue andalusian splash blue andalusian
speckled sussex silver penciled rock barred rock speckled sussex dark brahma


bb red cream lemon blue cream lemon blue
cream lemon blue cream item item


barred rock speckled sussex speckled sussex speckled sussex speckled sussex




On the farm

barred rock bantam hen

show day

Modern Game Bantam


Dominiker Rooster

Siver Spangled Hamburg


Barred Rock Chicks


Golden Spangled Hen


Black Minorka Bantam


Silver Sebright Pair


White Crested Black Polish


Best of Show!

Buff Laced Polish Frizzle Hen