High Noon Game Farm

High Noon Game Farm
........... A High Noon stag stands silhouetted under a full moon as another day begins on High Noon Game Farm ........
Hello. My name is Gary Cooper. I am the owner/operator of High Noon Game Farm. My farm is located in the beautiful Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio. I have had chickens for as long as I can remember and have been involved with gamefowl since the early 1970's. I currently keep and breed two different families of gamefowl. I have a family of Leipers that are descended from Harold Brown & Jimmy East bloodlines and a family of green leg reds that I call High Noon Hatch.

I am the originator of the High Noon Hatch. The High Noons are a blended family of green leg reds that trace back to the old bloodlines of Billy Ruble (Blueface) and Ibele Brothers (Doc Robinson Hatch) breeding lines. They also carry a small dose of Frank Shy's Old Bones (Narragansett) breeding thru a single Narragansett brood hen.

My High Noon Hatch produce both light phase and dark phase females. Males typically come lighter hackle reds with willow green shanks and pea combs. The family does produce an occasional straight comb. The straight comb is a latent recessive trait that traces back to the Narragansett hen.

As with any family of gamefowl, what they used to be and where they came from is not nearly as important as what they are today. My High Noons and Leipers have historically been bred to compete at the highest levels of competition and they have consistently proven themselves winners when and wherever legally shown. Of course now with the erosion and loss of our personal rights and freedoms in America and the new federal laws that supercede and violate our state's rights, the High Noons and Leipers cannot be sold for any activities or purposes that might be considered illegal. For this reason, I only sell my High Noons and Leipers for show and/or for use as beautiful lawn ornaments, alarm clocks and for the wonderfully tasty eggs the hens lay. Whatever else a buyer/owner might decide to use them for is none of my business.

I would like to thank you for taking the time to visit my blog page. If you have any questions about my fowl, the best way to contact me is by email. My email address is: gcoop1950@hotmail.com

Gary Cooper (High Noon Game Farm)

High Noon Hatch Brood Cock

An old line Billy Ruble Blueface stag - one of the foundation sires of the High Noon Hatch

Billy Ruble & Eddie Araneta in Philippines
Photo of Billy Ruble and Eddie Araneta in the Philippines. The old line Rubles were some of the gamest and hardest trying chickens ever bred.

Frank Shy

Frank Shy (Narragansett)
This is a photo of Frank Shy of "Narragansett" fame. Frank was one of the truly greats in the gamefowl world. As a breeder of Gamecocks, Frank was on a level all his own. As a person, Frank was a gentleman of the highest order. If you don't already have them, I would highly recommend that you buy and read the several publications that Frank wrote and published. My favorite is titled: "The Best of Narragansett 1985"

This is a photo of me in 1961 at age 11 posing with my very first GQF mini-incubator

This is a photo of me in 1961 at age 11 posing with my very first GQF mini-incubator
Hard to believe, but GQF still manufactures these little incubators. GQF also makes a very nice cabinet style incubator. I highly recommend the GQF 1502 model incubator

This is a 1969 photo of me as a 19 year-old soldier in Vietnam
This is a photo of me as a 19 year old soldier in Vietnam circa 1969

Me holding High Noon Hatch cock

Me holding High Noon Hatch cock
This is a photo of me holding a High Noon Hatch brood cock circa 1995

This is a 2009 photo of my beautiful wife and me

This beautiful lady and I have been married for 46 years. We raised 5 wonderful children together. Every man should be so lucky to be married to such a terrific woman. * I should add that she handles all the wrapping, packing and shipping of the hatching eggs. Like I said, she is one terrific lady!

A High Noon stag looks out at the world from his holding pen in early spring

High Noon Hatch dark phase pullet

High Noon Hatch dark phase pullet
Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the "WILL" must be stronger than the skill.

-Muhammad Ali

On Breeding

Selection is the beginning and the end for all improvement made in breeding . . .
- plant breeder Luther Burbank

Luther Burbank was right of course ... Selection really is the beginning and the end for all improvement made in breeding. Be it the breeding of plum trees, racehorses or gamecocks , the whole idea behind any breeding program is to produce a new generation of individuals that are as good or better than the parent stock.

In the breeding of gamefowl, the selection process involves nothing more than finding genetically superior males and females and in mating these individuals together in the most advantageous combinations. In other words, it's all about finding the right cock or stag and in pairing him together with the right hen or pullet.

Here at High Noon Game Farm, my mission and focus has always been to produce "World Class" gamefowl. Only the very best show cocks or stags are allowed an opportunity to make their mark in my brood pens. Life is too short and chicken feed is too expensive to fool around with second rate chickens.

My selection of brood hens and brood pullets is based primarily upon the success and performance of their collateral male relatives, especially their male siblings or half siblings. I leave it up to a pullet's brothers and half brothers to determine if she is a suitable candidate for the brood pen. If her brothers or half brothers aren't good enough to earn a tryout in the brood pen, her chances of making it as a brood pullet/hen probably aren't all that good either. Breeding is all about heredity and heredity is all about genes. Never lose sight of the fact that behind every good gamecock is a hen or pullet that provided him with half of his genes. It's our job as breeders to make sure that these genes come from a long line of winners.

I don't breed hundreds of chickens every year or keep 200 or 300 roosters on my place like some people do. Gamefowl is my hobby - it's not my job or a business. I am 66 years old and I don't have any hired hands to help with the feeding, watering and all those other things that a chicken man has to do. My chickens give me great pleasure and satisfaction and I enjoy taking care of them. I look forward to waking up every day to the sound of crowing roosters and going out to the chicken yard. If taking care of the chickens ever gets to where it seems more like work than pleasure, that's the day I'll hang it up and take up a different hobby. Until then, I am happy to share my fowl with other gamefowl enthusiasts. In the spring and summer months, I normally have extra hatching eggs and baby chicks available. In the fall and winter months, I usually have more stags and pullets than I need for my own use. Prices for these (when available) are listed below.

Hatching Eggs, Chicks and Adult Fowl

I believe that hatching eggs and/or day old chicks is the most economical way for a person to acquire new Gamefowl bloodlines. The cost of a dozen hatching eggs or the price for a dozen chicks is far less than the cost of an adult breeding pair or trio.

I highly recommend the use of foster hens for the incubation and/or raising of chicks. Hens are the best incubators and brooders in the world and foster hens will readily accept both eggs and chicks provided your timing is right. The use of foster setting hens will usually give you a better hatch than most incubators. Foster hens will also save you a lot of time and extra effort in caring for the chicks. I have given foster hens as many as 30 chicks and the hens do a much better job of raising them than I could.

Prices for eggs, chicks and adult fowl are listed below:

Hatching Eggs: Offered from March until end of season . . . Your choice of High Noon Hatch, Leiper or High Noon Hatch x Leiper cross - $70 per dozen with free USPS priority mail shipping to any mailing address in the continental USA. Sorry, but I am not able to ship hatching eggs to Canada, Guam, Mexico or the Philippines due to customs restrictions/ regulations.

Day Old Chicks: Offered from March through May . . . Your choice of High Noon Hatch , Leiper or High Noon Hatch x Leiper cross - $285 for one dozen (12) chicks. Price includes bio approved shipping box and USPS express mail shipping to any mailing address in the continental USA.

There is a minimum order of 12 chicks to insure the chicks do not become chilled during transit. I will include a few extra chicks to ensure that the buyer receives at least 12 live healthy chicks. Live delivery is guaranteed. I do not sex the chicks. Buyer should receive an approximate equal number of male and female chicks. Chicks are sold on a first order - first shipped basis. Contact me by email for next available shipping date. My email address is: gcoop1950@hotmail.com

Stags & Pullets: I do not ship any fowl during the summer months. April and May hatched stags and pullets shipped in September/October are priced at $220 for stags and $180 for pullets if purchased as singles. Pairs are $390 and trios $490 ... There is a $10 price increase per bird each month beginning in November. All quoted prices include bio approved shipping boxes and usps express shipping to any mailing address within the continental USA. I can make shipments to Mexico or to the islands provided the buyer retains the services of a broker based within the continental USA.

Brood Cocks & Hens: cocks are priced at $290 each and hens at $240 each when available ... My contact email address is: gcoop1950@hotmail.com

* All eggs, chicks and adult fowl sold for legal purposes only . . .

Leiper hens

Leiper hens

Young Leiper pair

Leiper hen

Leiper hen

Young Leiper stag

Young Leiper stag

Winter view of some holding pens on High Noon Game Farm

Winter in March

Winter in March
There will be times when you are an overwhelming underdog. Give 100 percent to everything you do, and when that's not enough, give everything you have left.

~ Yogi Berra
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