Old English Game Chicken

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Other common names: Old English Game Fowl; OEG; English Game Fowl; Old English Game Bantam; English Game Bantam; Old English Bantam; Oxford English Game

The basics:
Old English Game Chickens are the modern day descendants of the ancient fighting cocks. Old English Games are popular because of their alertness, upright appearance and confident personality. Males in particular are very striking with brightly colored plumage and a great deal of "cockiness" to their identity.

The Old English Game Bantam is the bantam version of the breed, and is one of the most popular of all bantam chicken breeds.

Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Old English come in over 40 color varieties. The following are recognized by the American Poultry Association: Birchen, Black, Black Breasted Red, Black Tailed Buff, Blue, Blue Brassy, Blue Breasted Red, Blue Gold Duckwing, Blue Silver Duckwing, Brassy Back, Brown Red, Columbian, Crele, Cuckoo, Fawn Silver Duckwing, Ginger Red, Golden Duckwing, Lemon Blue, Mille Fleur, Quail, Red Pyle, Self Blue, Silver Blue, Silver Duckwing, Spangled, Wheaten, White
Uses: Ornamental, Pets
Bantam: 20 - 22 oz
Largefowl: 4 - 5 lbs
Personality: Bantams are friendly, outgoing and make fantastic pets. Largefowl Old English tend to be a bit more wary and wild in nature.
Broody: Yes
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Bantams will handle confinement, Largefowl are best housed in large pens or should be allowed to free-range.
Egg production: Poor (2/week)
Egg size: Small
Egg color: Cream

What else you should know:
To prevent shredding of tails birds are best kept in wooden pens. Small amounts of oil may be added to feed or feathering to help condition fowl.

Bantam Old English should be housed in enclosed pens. If left to free-range they easily fall victim to numerous predators, particularly hawks. They should also not be expected to walk through accumulated snow. The Bantams are not aggressive in nature, but scuffles between the males will occur, especially if they are kept in smaller pens.

Largefowl Old English are very good free-rangers. If you can’t free-range them, then an enclosed and roomy pen will be necessary. The Largefowl are particularly aggressive amongst each other. If you want multiple roosters then be prepared to house them separately. Even adding hens to the flock should be done with great caution.


wonderful pets, watchful roosters, superb broodies, great foragers, great immune systems


screams, temperamental beast, extreme attitude, loud, manfighters, handling, aggression


creme smallish egg

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Old English Game Chicken

From MT_Goat_Farmer Feb 22 2014 3:45PM


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