Breeds of Livestock, Department of Animal Science
Poultry Breeds - Old English Game Chickens
Old English Game
- Black Breasted Red
- Brown Red
- Golden Duckwing
- Silver Duckwing
- Red Pyle
Standard Weights: Cock-5 pounds; hen-4 pounds; cockerel4 pounds; pullet-3-1/2 pounds.
Skin Color: White.
Egg Shell Color: White or light tint.
Use: Old English Games are strictly an ornamental fowl.
Origin: Old English Games are the modern day descendants of the ancient fighting cocks. They are associated with England but their heritage is almost worldwide and they have changed little in shape or appearance in more than 1,000 years.
Characteristics: A small, tightly feathered bird, Old English Games are very hardy, extremely active and very noisy. Old English have figured in the development of many other breeds. The mature cocks should be dubbed (have the comb and wattles removed) with a characteristic cut. This is in keeping with their heritage. Old English hens usually show broodiness but are so small and aggressive as well as defensive that they are not always the best choice as mothers. Old English are capable of considerable flight and may revert to a feral (wild) state in some areas. They are the domestic breed most like the wild jungle fowl in appearance.
Chicken Breeds and Varieties (A2880), John L. Skinner, University of Wisconsin-Madison