Old English Game Bantam

Average User Rating:
  • Breed Purpose:
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly, Easily handled, Calm, Bears confinement well, Docile
    Breed Size:
    APA/ABA Class:
    Single Comb Clean Leg

    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.

    Old English Game Bantam eggs hatching

    Old English Game rooster

    Old English Game hen
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Frequent
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    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 don’t be discouraged if you don’t do well! ETA: info referenced from APA and ABA Standards and personal experience. Info provided by MoodyChicken Pictures Provided by Shay20







Recent User Reviews

  1. cr@zy(hickenl@dy?
    "my favorite chicken"
    Pros - So much personality in such a tiny body
    Cons - Can't tink of any.
    I've had hens that rule the roost literally bossing around the larger hens. I love how vocal they are I feel like I've had deep conversations with several. and who can resist the little fearless roos and the cock-a-doodle-do sounding as though they are on helium.


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  2. mjett5578
    Pros - Friendliest chicken ever, amazing broody hen, pretty, small, roosters are super nice
    Cons - NONE
    My hen will literally walk up to me with the intention of being held[​IMG] The same hen had disappeared for about 4 weeks, and then I walked into my horse barn and she had 8 chicks! Sneaky girl. She raised them with gentleness and carefulness. My rooster is also super nice. My OEGB are the nicest chickens I own. Best breed for having a broody hen and a lovable pet. My female is so nice to every chicken in the flock, including every chick she comes by. I never see her peck a chick that's not even hers. AMAZING BREED[​IMG]
    gootziecat likes this.
  3. jolenejellybean
    "Great for 4-H kids"
    Pros - Small, easy to handle, friendly, beautiful
    Cons - Males are highly aggressive
    We have two pair of these - black and blue. The females are sweet and make good show birds for small children. The lay enormous eggs considering their body size. The males are very agressive as is to be expected, but can be handled because of their small size. Just make sure you wear sleeves. They can also be tamed by frequent handling. These little guys don't know their little and will try to play with the big ones, which doesn't work out well. They really need their own housing and run.
    momof2ajof2 likes this.

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  1. sue25
    What does dubbed mean?
    1. mrmixon
      Comb, Ears and Wattle "CUT" off.
      mrmixon, Jul 27, 2017
  2. microchick
    I have to agree with you mjett5578. These are amazing birds. I have 2 7 month old cockerels and 2 7 month old pullets and just hatched 11 in my incubator while a broody Welsummer hen hatched out 8 more for me. The hens are sweet natured, and friendly and the cockerels are big roosters in small packages. My boys boss around the flock master who is an 8 pound Welsummer Buff Orpington cross and he doesn't argue back with them. The hens get along well with my standard sized hens also. I also highly recommend these little feather covered dynamos.
  3. mjett5578
    Well i have an extremely mixed flock of over 32 chickens, and she does fine with all of them. My one hen is kind of a loner, and prefers to be by herself, but when around the others, she does very well. She had previously hatched out chicks that were half Old english and half japanese bantam. There are 5 roosters, that tend to fight a little bit with eachother, but they are mixed
  4. BYCforlife
    Very interesting! Do these birds mix well with others?
  5. microchick
    Completely agree! I have two pair also, one pullet a Wheaten and another a partridge mix. My two cockerels are black breast mixed with an unknown color. They are big birds in a small package. Mine are just 4 months old but the cockerels have already began to show an interest in the big girls much to the standard sized rooster's chagrin. The little guys have learned to hit and run so to speak. The girls are sweet and friendly. One likes to fly over and sit on my head while I'm doing my coop chores every morning. The boys will let me handle them without putting up too much of a fuss.

    I want more!
  6. arrowti
    Our OEG bantaom rooster is also very friendly with people. However, he is mean to the standard roosters who are afraid of him!
  7. billgarb
    I have an Old English Game Hen and she is very docile. She will squat and allow you to pick her up and pet her. Her and a Rosecomb hen will jump onto my daughters my daughter's legs when she is sitting.
  8. Donna R Raybon
    Either standard sized or bantam they are friendliest and smartest of fowl. Love them. Hens lay pretty well, and when broody are great mothers. Roosters can be a handful as far as keeping more than one and not fighting each other. Man haters are very, very rare. You do need to find an experienced, longtime, dedicated breeder who has good genectics and can help you learn how to dubb roosters.
  9. BantyChooks
    I agree! OEGB are so sweet.
  10. ShellyBear
    Sadly this breed isn't the only breed that gets stuck in small places. Our bantam was found twice under a small plastic bull and be hind the nesting boxes. I'm glad you're ur rooster is still striving.

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