Modern Game Chicken

The Modern Game Chicken is strictly a fancier’s creation. In type it is far removed from the Old English or Pit Game bred in the days when cock fighting was the vogue of Great Britain. The ideals of breeders of Pit Games were replaced by the ideals of exhibition Game fanciers. This breed evolved over a period of thirty years by selectively breeding Malay and Old English Game. By the turn of the century they had reached their height of popularity with birds fetching vast sums. The large fowl fell out of favor and are now only kept by a few fanciers. ! high-bodied Game fowl with a style and carriage peculiar to itself is the result. Modern Games were at the height of their popularity in the closing years of the 1800’s.

Modern Game Chicken - Hen

Modern Game Chicken – Hen

Modern Game Chicken - Cock

Modern Game Chicken – Rooster

Characteristics: Type and carriage in Modern Games and Modern Game Bantams is of great importance and shortness and hardness of feathers are also important. Exceptionally large specimens are undesirable, as overgrowth tends to coarseness at the expense of form and style of carriage which are essential characteristics of the Modern Game and even to a greater degree in the Modern Game Bantam.

  • Standard Weights: Cock-6 pounds; hen-4-1/2 pounds; cockerel-5 pounds; pullet-4 pounds.
  • Skin Color: Yellow
  • Egg Shell Color: Tinted
  • Use: Exhibition fowl.
  • Origin: Great Britain

Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?

Things to consider:

Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.

Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.

Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.

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