Hello! I have Old English Bantams that I raise for chicks. I have kept all of them pure bred. I have Barred, Self Blue and BB Reds. I didn't know, until I read the link from the beginning of this thread, that Old English are endangered. I will be absolutely sure to keep my chicks pure bred! I have enjoyed all my Bantams but the BB Red which was my first pair are my heart! The roo,Eugene, likes to sit on my shoulder and look around! They are very docile chickens. My Self Blue hen,Pearl, is a character! She starts chirping and cackling as soon as she hears the house door open. She keeps it up until I pick her up and then she just tucks her head under my chin and goes to sleep like a baby! The Barred are my most recent purchase. I think they all have personalities and I wouldn't trade any of the flock for anything!
There are many chicken breeds that are considered endangered, and I think it is because people often allow chickens to cross breed. So it can sometimes be difficult to find some true breeds.
It seems your Old English Bantams are like babies that curl up in your arms.