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Old English Game


Pros: sociable, friendly, gorgeous, pocket size : )

Cons: somewhat flighty, extremely adventurous, aggressive in some situations

OEGBs are most definitely my favorite breed of chickens! My very favorite hen I ever had was a silver duckwing Old English hen named Blaze, and she was the sweetest, cutest thing. She would run up to you to say hi (she wasn't really a cuddler, but I think that if I had spent more time with her, she would have been) and loved to greet and socialize. Blaze was also one of the calmest hens I have ever met. She would put up with daisy chains, back-to-back second grade show and tell (for my brother) and a seventh grade biology lesson (for me), and on one notable occasion, a chicken diaper. We never needed to watch the chickens too closely when Blaze was around, as in her short two years, she battled against three hawks and six cats, and won each time. She was a tough cookie, also winning many battles against my blue Crocs (which were my coop shoes at that time). She died suddenly just after turning two, for reasons still mysterious to us. She was the spunkiest, most character-filled, adorable little hen I have ever had the privilege to own.




That's her!^


Pros: Sweet tempered when raised to be, very intelligent, alert, good free rangers.

Cons: They seem to like getting into trouble and places they don't belong.

We decided after three years of having our standard hens to try bantams. Our birds are free range and we have a lot of hawks, falcons, coyotes, foxes, etc, so we wanted birds that would be very alert and good at avoiding danger. After some research, we settled on ordering in some Old English Game chicks. Honestly I expected the birds to be flighty and hard to tame, but they certainly proved me wrong! We ended up with 10 bantams, 9/10 being OEG bantams. Now, we love our older hens are golden comets and it took them about two years for each to learn her name. All of our OEGs already know their names, come when called, and they all love sitting around us. Just yesterday I ended up with one of our roosters and one of our hens falling asleep in my lap. They are very sweet, making very odd little noises, are very personable, goofy, alert, and intelligent.


However, our little game bantams do have some problems controlling their curiosity, and now we've had chickens roosting on the shelves on our back porch, up in trees, on the roof, and all the places the little monsters aren't supposed to be! While this can be kind of, ah, annoying when we end up with chicken poos in some odd places. Other than that they are intelligent, friendly little birds that are a joy to have around.


Pros: Gorgeous lawn decoration, quite small, good layers, good pets if handled at a young age

Cons: Cocks/roosters can be quite aggressive, hens and roosters alike are prone to frostbite

The Old English Game Bantam is a breed of chicken. Pure Old English Game Bantams are highly prized by poultry breeders and fanciers, and therefore, they can sell for quite a lot of money, if the breeder/seller knows what s/he's doing. 


The Old English Game Bantam is one of the oldest strains of poultry breeds that have been used for cockfighting. Through the Middle Ages, the breed was developed and bred by the English Nobility, into many varying colors, traits desirable for cockfighting were chosen by breeders. Cockfighting became illegal in Britain and Australia in the 1850s and English game fowl are usually kept just by poultry enthusiasts. Today the breeds are used at poultry exhibitions and breeders try to develop stock that will win prizes.

(That part was taken from Wikipedia. I don't own it.)


There are many varieties of the Old English Game Bantam, making it even more appealing. The following varieties are all recognized.



Old English Game Black - 1938 Game Bantam
Old English Game Black - Breasted Red 1925 Game Bantam
Old English Game Black Tailed Buff - 2004 Game Bantam
Old English Game Blue - 1976 Game Bantam
Old English Game Blue - Brassy Back 1996 Game Bantam
Old English Game Blue - Breasted Red 1965 Game Bantam
Old English Game Blue - Golden Duckwing 1965 Game Bantam
Old English Game Blue Silver Duckwing - 1965 Game Bantam
Old English Game Brassy Back - 1990 Game Bantam
Old English Game Brown Red - 1960 Game Bantam
Old English Game Columbian - 1996 Game Bantam
Old English Game Crele 1976 - Game Bantam
Old English Game Cuckoo 1977 - Game Bantam
Old English Game Fawn Silver Duckwing - 1998 Game Bantam
Old English Game Ginger Red - 1982 Game Bantam
Old English Game Golden Duckwing - 1938 Game Bantam
Old English Game Lemon Blue - 1965 Game Bantam
Old English Game Mille Fleur - 1998 Game Bantam
Old English Game Quail - 1988 Game Bantam
Old English Game Red Pyle - 1946 Game Bantam
Old English Game Self Blue - 1965 Game Bantam
Old English Game Silver Blue - 1996 Game Bantam
Old English Game Silver Duckwing - 1938 Game Bantam
Old English Game Spangled - 1925 Game Bantam
Old English Game Wheaten (female) - 1943 Game Bantam
Old English Game Wheaten (male) - 1949 Game Bantam
Old English Game White - 1938 Game Bantam
Thanks for reading! Please comment, and let me know if any of the information is invalid! yippiechickie.gif


Let me tell you what...we had the TOUGHEST time just figuring out what our chicken was! For the first few weeks i truly thought she was a bird or a quail lol! We have a silver duckwing hen(Popcorn) and she's the smallest chicken in our coop. Popcorn tries not to be at the bottom of the pecking order...but being small has its ups and downs. She can drink underneath all the others plus she gets the little treats runs runs fast to hide from the big girls.


Pros: could look at a egg and hatch it, Pretty

Cons: They can really fly, slow egg production

I have had these for about a Month and got them from a guy who had them for about a year. They are hard to keep in a large pen if it doesnt have a net or roof of somesort. I have found them 15' and higher in trees.

I have some that are 6 weeks old that were hatched by the mother hen in mid december in eastern Ky weather that isnt really all that warm. The guy I got them from said he had a hen hatch some when snow was on the ground.


Pros: Sweet natured, easily tamed, good mothers, sassy roosters, decent layers

Cons: none!

Until I met Marans, this was my all time favorite breed. I had every color at one point. Great foragers, great pets. Most of the roosters were sweet as could be, and that seemed to be hereditary.


The hens were reasonable layers of white eggs and excellent mothers. Boys and girls alike can fly well. They handle confinement well, but only if there is a roof! They tend to tame easily and lead by example, hen raised chicks learning the human means no harm. The broodies take their job seriously, being diligent and sometimes aggressive. Some will even steal eggs from other nests, more than they can handle, and they will set until something hatches, even if they're setting golf balls.


Fun little birds with likable personalities.


Pros: Very hardy, broody, perfect size for the back yard hobby.

Cons: Roosters can be aggressive toward humans, dubbing is required for showing.

All the breeds of chickens I have or have tried over many years, this one has always had a place on my farm.

The Old English Game Bantam is easy to house and care for. As well as free ranging.

They handle New England winters with no additional heat. Chicks are very active and hardy.  


Pros: small friendly

Cons: roosters can be aggresive

old english game bantams are a cute and cuddly chicken that is very easy to breed and is great for a small backyard flock


Pros: OEGBs are extremely easy to raise, smart, great at avoiding predators, very cold and heat tolerant, eat very little feed, and are friendly!

Cons: This would not be the bird to get if you are interested in eggs or meat.

Old English Game Bantams are nice, pretty little birds. They are great fliers and mine is so agile that it can easily escape my cat. They are friendly birds and are very easy to raise!


Pros: Sociable, tame, full of personality, smart, independent, hardy, alert

Cons: Doesn't lay many eggs, goes broody often, adventurous

I have a black wheaten OEG bantam hen and she is full of character. She'll follow you around the yard, fly onto your hand, fall asleep in your arms, make sweet chirruping noise, come inside the house etc. Sweet little chickens. They are also independent, ours actually lived in the wild for 3 days in search of this rooster that had been crowing several houses down and came back completely fine. They are very sociable birds, very tame and extremely pretty (they come in so many varieties) making them a favourite with children. You can let them free range, they will be very independent and alert but be aware that they may venture off or roost in trees (they can fly alright!). You can also keep them in a coop full of larger fowl, mine is the smallest chicken we have and never gets into trouble with any of the other chickens as she is very fast at getting away. She roosts right at the top of my coop on a separate perch and happily east and drinks away from the others. The only downside is that they don't lay all that many eggs and go broody often, when you do get an egg though on the rare occasion, it will be very tasty. What the OEG lacks in egg laying, it makes up for with its beautiful personality.

Old English Game

The Old English Game bantam is a delightful breed of chicken. It is a small, pugnacious, and charming little chicken that embodies the idea of pride and “chickenhood.” Their larger counterparts are the direct descendants of the jungle fowl, but the bantams are the end result of careful selective breeding of various backyard bantams. The first variety accepted to the American Standard of Perfection was Black Breasted Red (BBR), gaining recognition in 1925. Since their acceptance, they have become the most popular breed of exhibition chicken, easily reaching class sizes of over 300 birds in medium sized shows. Males are required to be dubbed in order to be shown, but unlike the Modern Game bantam part of the comb should be left, leaving a rounded nub. Old English have two distinct types, “American” and “English,” with the American type having a fanned tail and the English type having a “whip” tail. This breed is known for living a long and fruitful life; it is not uncommon for hens to reach 15 years of age.

Breed PurposeOrnamental
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeSmall
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Docile
Breed Colors/Varieties
Breed SizeBantam
APA/ABA ClassSingle Comb Clean Leg
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Frequent
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Small
Egg Color: Light Brown

or white

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Docile

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Wheaten, Spangled, Red Pyle, Barred, BB Red, Crele, Black, Self Blue, Blue Breasted Red, Silver Duckwing, Mille Fleur, Blue, Fawn, Brassy Back, Mottled, White, Splash, Quail and Blue Red Blue Wheaten Brown Red

Breed Details:

Old English are a very hardy breed. They handle cold and heat exceptionally well. They are excellent foragers and will easily adapt to a wild life (so be sure to keep an eye on your flock if you let them range!). It can be difficult to house multiple males together, but if they were raised together as chicks there shouldn't be a problem. Never approach a male from the front. Cocks see this as a challenge and may attack. Grasp your male by the shoulders first then pick him up. Females are very sweet and timid. They love to be handled and babied, and are known to be superb broodies. If you are new to Old English and plan on showing them, please keep in mind that competition is usually very stiff and donÂt be discouraged if you donÂt do well! ETA: info referenced from APA and ABA Standards and personal experience. Info provided by MoodyChicken Pictures Provided by Shay20


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