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 Twentse Grijze (Twent Grey) 
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Habitat: Holland

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Cockfighting through history was a popular pastime in Holland till 1931 when the sport was banned by the Governement. The Dutch in the 16th and 17th century sailed all oceans of the world and contributed to the world of gamefowl by shipping all kind of fighting birds to various destinations in the Western and Eastern hemisphere. However, no breed ever has been bred in Holland for fighting purpose only. The Dutch always looking for a profitable solution were much more interested in multi-purpose breeds. But if one breed ever is entitled to bear the name "Dutch Game" (non-excisting !) without doubt the "Twentse Grijze" was the one and only contender for this title.The "Twentse Grijze" has been created around 1850 in Twente, a rural region in the East of Holland. In this part of Holland cockfighting was known as "hanebijten" (cockbiting). To get a bird combining gameness and egg production a blend was made by using Belgian Game (Bankivoid type with Oriental bloodinfusion), Malay and the silverduckwing Leghorn. Typical features: strawbery comb, eyecolour orange to red, short beak, yellow coloured shanks, a well developed tail pointing slightly upwards. Typical colours: silverduckwing and blackred. Weight: male 6.6 Lbs (3 Kgs), female 5.5 Lbs ( 2.5 Kgs). The silverduckwing variety is rated as the best. "Twentse Grijze" are strong, fast, agile and agressive birds. Due to their fighting profile, the breed should be suitable for steel spur fighting. At present day without doubt "Twentse Grijze" with proper training could perform well in the pit. Concerning type and character the breed is similar to the Japanese steel spur fighter the "Satsuma-dori" (see database index).

Source: Twentse Hoender Club (Holland )

"Kämpfer und Zwerg-kämpfer der Welt" (1983) by Wilfried Detering (Germany)

Picture: J.Ehlert (Holland) published in "Fokkersbelangen" (11/97 issue) magazine

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May 28th, 2009, 4:23 am
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Post Re: Twentse Grijze (Twent Grey)
have borrowed a book from the library called 'the complete encyclopedia of chickens' by Esther Verhoef and Aad Rijs. there are some good pictures of these fowl both large and bantam size, they are a really good looking bird with a very gamey look, especially the bantam size. Struggling to find anyore pics on the web, wonder if anyone keeps these birds or knows of anyone? (most likely in holland)

December 1st, 2010, 1:47 pm

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Post Re: Twentse Grijze (Twent Grey)
As this breed was developed both sides of the Dutch/German border, you might find more info on German sites, where the breed has a different name, Kraienkoppe.

I don't think it's correct to think of them as a game breed any more than you would Modern Game, Cornish(US)/Indian Game(UK), or Yokohamas; rather they are an exhibition breed with some game ancestry. Don't forget Twentse/Kraienkoppes are part Duckwing Leghorn.

December 25th, 2010, 10:35 am
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Post Re: Twentse Grijze (Twent Grey)
They can be pretty game still (and manfighters too), but the modern birds have had an infusion of Leghorns to increase eggproduction. Now they lay eggs pretty well and hens hardly become broody anymore. They are considered a breed with gamefowl influence here in the Netherlands.

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