Other common names: Modern English Game
The Modern Game chicken was developed from cock fighters after the sport became illegal in England in the mid 1800’s. According to the Modern Game Club UK, "With the advent of Poultry Shows following the abolition of cock fighting in 1849, judges started looking for taller birds, shorter hackle and smaller tails. Over the next period of 50 years Exhibition Modern Game evolved and later the name Exhibition was dropped from their name. They went through quite a decline at the outset of WW1, especially the large fowl, but are now increasing on a world-wide basis and are as popular as ever."
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Black, Black Breasted Red, Blue, Blue Breasted Red, Birchen, Brown Red, Gold Duckwing, Lemon Blue, Red Plye, Silver Blue, Silver Duckwing, Wheaten, White
Uses: Exhibition, Pets
Bantam: 20 - 22 oz
Largefowl: 4.5 - 5.5 lbs
Personality: Very friendly and curious, makes a great pet
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Poor (1/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Small - Medium
What else you should know:
If exhibiting, special care should be taken to not damage the Modern Game's tail feathers. To do this a pen made out of wood would be more suitable than wire, as they can shred their feathers between the wire. If your birds over preen, applying a small amount of Cod Liver Oil on your birds feathers can help.
Bantams are often best housed inside enclosed pens, as hawks are very fond of them.
Like many gamefowl, the Modern Game should eat a higher protein diet. This can be done with higher protein commercialized feed, that is made specifically for gamefowl.
Modern Games occasionally lack Vitamin A. Overdosing your birds with Vitamin A can be harmful to their kidneys. So, it is best to supplement your birds with healthy snacks, instead of giving them the vitamin directly. These snacks can include carrots, butternut squash, dark leafy greens, lettuce and cantaloupe.
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Don't they grow any bigger?
Modern Game chickens are much smaller than the 'standard backyard' chicken, and no they won't grow any bigger! They have long necks, long legs, a very upright stance and small tight feathering which make them quite interesting, amusing and yet striking in appearance. They do lay eggs, although in our experience, they are not brilliant at it.
Being small birds they are able to move quickly, but are also very curious and trainable to be friendly. They come running up to us and one in particular stands at my feet waiting to be picked up. She then snuggles in for her cuddle and 'pamper session' being gentle patting of her feathers on her back and under her chest.
These are really fun little chickens to own. You do need to have a chicken coop for them to be protected from the hot and cold weather. Ours, however, might be a bit unusual, as they enjoy sleeping on the roof of their coop even when the weather has cooled down. We have spent many evenings taking them off their coop roof and placing back inside.
The biggest challenges faced are foxes. They are defenceless against predators and as such do need protecting with strong wire fencing..
From AngelaD Oct 30 2014 10:22PM
Modern Game Chickens
I really loved owning Modern Game Chickens; however, they were not the right breed for our chicken coop. They are very sensitive to cold weather, so they require a warm chicken coop in the winter. The hens do better than roosters because they will snuggle up to larger birds in the coop. Roosters will try to roost alone, and their small bodies don't generate enough heat to keep them warm in the winter.
Modern Game Chickens are very personable and friendly with handling. I had one Wheaten hen who would allow children to walk up to her and pick her up.
They laid a reasonable number of eggs, given their small size. The hens tended to go broody once or twice in a summer, and usually raised 5-6 chicks at a time. It was common for them to disappear completely for a few weeks, then return with their chicks.
Modern Game Chickens are more like a pet than a barnyard chicken..
From CowgirlKacy Mar 24 2015 8:51PM