Other common names: Old English Game Fowl; OEG; English Game Fowl; Old English Game Bantam; English Game Bantam; Old English Bantam; Oxford English Game
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.
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
Coq Au Vain
Being from Yorkshire, I spent a lot of time on farms and lots of family had chickens, so that meant that I apparently also had to have chickens! One of many breeds I cared for was the Old English Game Chicken. But did I get a female? Nope. I got a male... Great amount of meat for sure, but unfriendly! Although his feathers were absolutely stunning in colour and condition, his temperament did not match whatsoever. Males of this breed in particular are best separated from other males, in fact I would advise to perhaps only have one male in your brood. All in all, great meat production, a decent brooder, but personality wise, if he ends up thoroughly annoying you just sing the "I feel like chicken tonight!" song as a threat, that might make him smarten up =p.
From Stephanie Windle Jan 24 2017 3:19AM
Old English Bantam Game Hen
I got my first Old English Bantam Game hen 5 years ago on a whim at a local feedstore. I couldn’t resist the cute, tiny little chickens. Since that fateful day, I’ve gone one to acquire about 13 of the little gals. They’re a fun little bird to have around, they pack more personality and charm than any of my other breeds. So inquisitive and happy to be right in the middle of whatever you're doing, they’re not afraid to look you straight in the eye either. I find them to be very engaging little birds.
The Old English Bantam hens are very small, I always say they’re about the size of a health robin. These tiny hens lay tiny white shelled eggs that I find useful for recipes that I either call for ½ and egg, or when I want to half a recipe that calls for 1 egg.
The hens will go broody, I had one of mine hatch out a standard size Rhode Island Red egg this fall.
It should be noted that the Old English Bantams can fly if they want to, not like a traditional flying bird, but they can jump and flap themselves pretty high and pretty far. Anyone interested in keeping them should be prepared to clip their flight feathers or house them in a covered run, unless you free range like I do. These hens tend to end up high in the rafters of my barn, lol, they seem to laugh up there at their other feathered friends who cannot fly so high.
My tiny hens don't do well in the cold, but do very well in the heat of summer.
Old English Bantams would be a very poor choice for someone wanting a meat bird, this almost goes without saying given their bantam status.
This breed makes a good “pet”, and would be a fine match for children mature enough to responsibly handle and care for them..
From MT_Goat_Farmer Feb 22 2014 3:45PM
This was the first breed of chicken I owned. I had the standard size not banty size. This breed tends to go broody quite often. At least 3 or 4 times a year. Even though they go broody a lot they are great moms and very protective of their babies. The lay a light creme smallish egg. There egg production isn't the greatest. When I had mine she laid maybe 3-4 times a week. I was always on a easter egg hunt to find this birds eggs as she always liked to hide them and not lay in the coop. A lot of times I would find anywhere from 12-24 eggs in a nest. Kind of like she was stocking up so she could sit on them. I also found that this breed was very flighty and don't like to be handled a lot. I really wouldn't recommend this breed unless you want the females to incubate your eggs for you.
From mustangsaguaro Mar 19 2012 4:25PM