Day Old Old English Game Large Fowl Baby Chicks
Hatching February to July.
Old English Game Large Fowl Chickens are stunningly beautiful birds. We offer a wide variety of colors Any blue variety ordered from us may include chicks with black, blue or splash plumage patterns.
Many people raise the bantam versions of the Old English Game Fowl, but these large, closer to the standard sized fowl are just more of a good thing. Old English Games are bright and active birds with lots of spunk and spice.
Production: Old English Games are mostly raised for exhibition. They are beautiful ornamental birds but are not very prolific egg layers. Hens lay white eggs and do go broody. They are excellent, although sometimes overly aggressive, mothers. Although they are trim looking birds, Old English Games have excellent muscle meat distribution, and make good table birds. They are considered one of the longest lived breeds of chickens often living over the 15 years of age.
Temperament: Old English Games are flighty and can be very aggressive. They are very apt to turn feral and go back to the wild if allowed. They are strong fliers and quite noisy, but they can take care of themselves and are smart at avoiding predators. Thus, Old English Games are good foragers and do well in free-range environments. They are tough and strong birds and are cold hardy and heat tolerant. Multiple males will be a problem; it is best to expect that males older than six months old will not be able to be kept together as they will fight mercilessly with one another.
History: Old English Game Large Fowl Chickens are an old breed, dating back to before the 1st century A.D. They were bred for hardiness and longevity. Gameness, or courage and indomitable spirit, was considered an admirable trait and a part of the breed's overall temperament. This emphasis on gameness is mostly due to the breed's 2000 year history of fighting for sport. Since 1849, when the sport of cock fighting was banned, Old English Games were mainly raised for ornamental reasons. White, Black and Spangled admitted to the APA Standard of Perfection in 1938; Blue Breasted Red, Lemon Blue, Blue Golden Duckwing, Blue Silver Duckwing, Self Blue admitted 1965; and Crele admitted in 1996.
Conservation Status: Watch
Body Type: Old English Games have the body style and shape of a wild Jungle Fowl, with some adaptations which were a result of their breeding for the sport of fighting. They have compact, muscular bodies, with hard and tight feathers held close to the body. Overall they have a trim and shapely appearance. They have been described as having fearless eyes and often combs and wattles are trimmed or dubbed giving the birds a tenacious look. Male Old English Games that have not been dubbed would be disqualified from a poultry show.
Weight: Cockerel 4 lbs, Pullet 3.5 lbs
APA Class: All Other Standard Breeds