According to legend, Chicken Foot Dominoes were invented in Texas or Mexico and based on the Maltese Cross domino game. Chickenfoot Dominoes, Chicken Dominoes, Chickie Dominoes, and Mexican Train are all part of the same family of games.
About Chicken Foot Dominoes
At least two people are required for the game, but four to eight players are preferable. Double-nine dominoes are all that is needed to play this game. A set of double-12, double-15, or double-18 dominoes may be required for games with more participants. In Chicken Foot Dominoes, the objective is to finish the final round with the fewest points possible.
Setting Up The Game
The dominoes should be shuffled face-down on the table, then the game can begin. The faces (the side with the pips) of the dominoes are hidden from the opponents by placing them on edge.
Dominoes that have been flipped over are left in their original position on the table. When it comes to Chicken Foot, where the boneyard is referred to as a poultry farmyard, the tableau is also commonly referred to as a farmyard.
The Start Player And The First Tile
When the first round begins, the player who drew the highest double tile places that tile in the center. In the case of dominoes, the highest double is the double nine, for example.
Each subsequent round begins with the next-lowest double-drawn player. Double-eights in the second round, for example, is a starting point for that round. First to draw a double blank begins the final round.
If no one has drawn the tile needed to begin the round, players take turns drawing from the chicken yard until someone does. In the first round, the person who drew the first tile is the one who starts the round.
Tiles are laid out in random order, with one player starting with the highest double drawn. In domino games, the double nine is the highest double, for instance.
Players who have drawn the next-lowest doubles in subsequent rounds begin with them. Players that draw double-eights in the second round start that round, for example. Whoever has been dealt a double-blank will begin the final round of play.
If no one has drawn the tile needed to begin the round, players take turns drawing from the chicken yard until someone does. In the first round, the player who drew the start tile is the one who begins the round.
To place a double tile in the tableau, it must be positioned crosswise against the arm. “Chicken foot” must be said by the player to activate these rules. The following are the guidelines:
It is not possible to play a tile somewhere else until all three “chicken toes” have been played.
Toes are played against the double tile to tilt the tableau away from the center (doing so is what makes it look like a chicken foot).
After the chicken foot has been consumed, the game continues as normal. In addition to the three new chicken toes, players can add tiles to any open arm.
Ending The Game
The game concludes when one player sets his final domino, or when no one has a lawful play. It is at this point that the final tally is tallied. They each get points corresponding to the number of pips in their hand that they have remaining. A 50-point tile is a double-blank. The player with the fewest points is the winner. Zero-point rounds are used to choose a winner in a tie. In the event of a tie, the player with the lowest round total (other than zero) wins.