Old English Game Chicken
The intriguing history of the Old English Game Chicken lead us right back to the misty beginning of the human race. From time immemorial, the Game fowl has stood for courage and a symbol of indomitable spirit. After cock fighting was suppressed in England in 1835 and poultry shows came into prominence, the Pit Game was bred for exhibition and became knows as the Old English Game. Blood of the Game fowl has been used in many of our most useful breeds of poultry.
Characteristics: The Old English Game Chicken is the most popular breed of bantam kept for showing. Over thirty different colors are recognized a well-known saying is that a good Old English Game is never a bad color; i.e. ANY color will be accepted! Shape and type are all important in this breed. They should have a similar shape to that of an old flat iron and be a solid bird with a heart shaped body when held in the hand.
- Standard Weights: Cock-5 pounds; hen-4 pounds; cockerel-4 pounds; pullet-3-1/2 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.