Arthur Contreras is a Hispanic male that is 47 years old and originally from Lubbock, Texas. I’m just average, normal hard working man that does Electrical Technician for four dealerships but I have a passion for gamefowl and as if I’m not working with my cars I am always messing with my fowls.
I guess I can say that I’m the owner to my own personal game-farm and pretty much working on this alone as I used to be associated with Ken Hutchison and Randy Dvorsky but now I’m starting with my own little game-farm and it looks like I’m starting a little prosper slowly but surely.
“I can say is you lived by the sword and you die by the sword and by that I mean what I expected out to my Chicken for them to give me everything that they’ve got, I expect them to give me the best that they got and if that’s what I’m expecting out of them, then that’s they should get out of me as well, everything that I got and the things that I experience in my life.”
Mhar Delaben: How did the chicken save you after hearing your story from your dear friend Raul Hernandez?
Arthur Contreras: Well, I guess that question can be answered in so many ways, but the things that stand out the most is the fowls have to help me out just what life in general. They taught me responsibility, they taught me a lot about myself and I see a lot of stuff that I’ve seen in myself with and I’m seeing chickens and fowls you know that they could have laid out and just quit but they decided not to quit and they kept going forward to every ounce of energy and up to the last breath that they have. And to me, I think that what life is all about that we live in. You gotta stay in to win, you gotta fight your fight, you gotta live your life to the fullest all the way to the end no matter how hard things are.
I’m fixing to share something very personal and I wouldn’t tell this to anybody but I wanna share it with you and I hope that this thing can record this all. All I can tell you is I just feel like God had a calling on me to put this chickens in my life because only He knew the things I was fixing to go through in my life and I think He put those chicken in my life so I can learn from them because the one thing I can say is you lived by the sword and you die by the sword and by that I mean what I expected out to my Chicken for them to give me everything that they’ve got, I expect them to give me the best that they got and if that’s what I’m expecting out of them, then that’s they should get out of me as well, everything that I got and the things that I experience in my life.
Mhar Delaben: Where that El Chicano name came from?
Arthur Contreras: That’s a funny story about my name El Chicano come about the Mexican from Mexico that fighting the short knife every time that I would show up when legal to the fights.
The Mexican are the ones that named me El Chicano because it means even though I was born here in the United States I’m considered a Mexican because I carry a lot of their traits and a lot of their ways so the name Chicano means that I’m from here but I’m still Mexican-American. Basically, it means I didn’t forget where I came from and I speak my language very fluent.
The Mexican are the ones that named me El Chicano because it means even though I was born here in the United States I’m considered a Mexican because I carry a lot of their traits and a lot of their ways.”
Mhar Delaben: Tell us what are the main bloodlines you have on the farm?
Arthur Contreras: The main bloodlines that I carry with pride and that I put my name El Chicano on my Frost Greys that I’ve had for the past 27 years that I’ve carried heavy Jay Goode blood and Ken Hutchison’s blood and the other second bloodline that I really like a lot are called Bates Greys and I got mine from Larry Carter from Texoma and then third one would be my Albany’s from Glenn Justice and then also had the original little generals from the late Billy Dvorsky which his son is still alive and his name is Randy Dvorsky. and the fourth bloodline that I have is my speckled hatch. I guess I can say all the bloodlines have been acquired through real close friendships.
Mhar Delaben: Being a gamefowl breeder, what are your real struggles?
Arthur Contreras: The major struggles that I can really say that keeping me from reaching my full potential is having a maintained a full-time job, I’ve been an Electrical Technician for 25 years and it’s my full-time job and it’s my health benefits that what keeps me grounded and it’s hard to run a game farm and have a full-time job and raise your family as well, so I have to find that fine medium and not raise too many gamefowls that I cannot keep up with.
Well, one of my first accomplishment was the first show that I ever took to Texhoma, the first time I was ever going right off the back, I won the derby first time, they called it first time luck but I said no.”
Mhar Delaben: I’m so grateful to Mr Raul Hernandez because he was the one shared your life story to me and it really moves me emotionally, how close are you to him?
Arthur Contreras: Raul is like my brother, we went to school together and Shallowater Texas and all the way to my senior year when I had to move from Lubbock my senior to Waco Texas and I have to live my best friend behind but we’ve always stayed in touch. And as always growing up, Raul would help me with my fowl and his dad would run as around and takes us to different little game farm and would help us raise his own chickens, but after I moved we’ve just always stayed in touch and we’ve been really close like two grow blood brothers and that’s the best way I can ever explain, his my best friend and a God-fearing man, I love him.
One more thing I like to say about Raul is I guess he really knows my passion and he can really see my talents with the gamefowl and because of him he pushes me to try to go to the next level and look where I am right now, I’m having an interview with this awesome guy with his cool magazine and if weren’t for him there’s no way I would be even talking to you.
Mhar Delaben: How do you keep up with the markings of your fowl?
Arthur Contreras: The way I record them is on a tablet and I just draw a picture of a chicken’s web and for example, if it’s a Pure Frost Grey usually I mark them double-rights and now if its a certain hen and a certain rooster that I’m single mating I document it with little notes on my tablet.
Mhar Delaben: What is your achievements in the gamefowl industry when it was legal?
Arthur Contreras: Well, one of my first accomplishment was the first show that I ever took to Texhoma, the first time I was ever going right off the back, I won the derby first time, they called it first time luck but I said no. I said, If I didn’t think I was gonna win I would never show up but I won a 5 cock the first time I ever went to Texhoma. I won a couple of 7 cocks in the knife and Ken Hutchison has won cocker of the year at Triple bees and I was also just won some really nice big derbies and it’s just some of the great accomplishment that I had. I guess another accomplishment is the people who I thought had an opportunity to learn from which is Jay Goode, Ken Hutchison and Randy Dvorsky they’ve won the Hawaiian Derby, this guy had won major competitions and these people who I look up to and they’re the ones who taught me everything that I know in it, I feel like it’s my honour to try to carry the torch and I wanna do my best to keep moving forward.
I’m grateful for the magazine that’s been out there and has been positive showing all the good things about the cocker, the breeding and you know what it takes to be a rooster man.”
Mhar Delaben: What advice would you share with those who aspire to become a champion?
Arthur Contreras: I’ve had to use the advice that my dad gave me and that advice was, Show me your friends are and I will tell you who are. If you wanna hang around with winners, you gonna be a winner, and if you wanna hang around with people doing drugs you’re going to be a loser and that simple. If you did the right thing, then the right thing will be supposed to happen.
Mhar Delaben: What can you say about this new magazine Purebred Warrior? Would you like to have it in hard copy?
Arthur Contreras: I’m grateful for the magazine that’s been out there and has been positive showing all the good things about the cocker, the breeding and you know what it takes to be a rooster man, I just think that this magazine is the future and I think what Jim is doing as well its for the future and finally I think that all the information out there and finally we’re getting the positive feedback that we need out there instead of all the negative and so that we can educate the people and teach the people what this chicken business is all about and if there’s anything that has to do with anything and being positive on the sport I’ll sure I will be a part of it, and I would love the hard copy.
Mhar Delaben: Do you have any enlightenment final message to everyone?
Arthur Contreras: I’ve had some major loses in my life and there’s a time that I just wanted to quit, but then chickens taught me that I can’t quit. I got to keep fighting. I love this chicken because they taught me responsibility and they gave me something to look forward to and there’s more than a passion for me. And that’s just whatever that worth to you. I just wanted to tell you that ‘I just love my chicken, I can be the best I can be at something, God bless you. ~PW
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