Old English Game Bantam

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  • 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. BarnDoorClosed
    Pros - Beautiful and very protective rooster over his hens! Very loving towards me as well
    Sparky is a silver duckwing old English game bantam and by far my favorite roo of all time and absolutely gorgeous!
    Purchase Price:
    free! given to me at 6 weeks
    Purchase Date:
    spring 2018


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  2. Feather Hearts
    "Lovely Breed, Full Of Personality!"
    Pros - -Small
    -Come In A Wide Array Of Colours
    -Big Personalities
    -Easily Tamed
    -Gentle With Young Children
    -Hens Are Quiet
    -Bear Confinement Well
    -Lovely Yard Candy
    Cons - -Aggressive To Other Chickens
    -Dislike Being Picked Up
    -Poor Layers
    -Can Be Quite 'Pecky'
    -Fly Very Well
    -Roosters Crow Very Constantly, And Have A Squeaky, Unpleasant Crow
    -Due To Small Size, Are Targeted By Predators More Often
    Old English Game Bantams (or OEGBS) are a delightful breed, very full of personality. They are quite highly strung, and my top hen tends to get quite pecky towards me without regular handling. They will run up to me when I come outside, looking for treats. Here are my reviews of their personalities from my bantam chat thread
    Gary! A quirky character is little Gary, he crows in competition to my RIR cockerel (In my main flock) and thinks he is truly the best roo in existence. He actually doesn't crow at the break of dawn like Reggie(my RIR) and instead waits until around 10 am to announce his presence to the world. He gets overly excited about roosting (I have to place a light in my OEGB kennel so they can see in order to get up onto the roost) anyway, when he sees the light in the kennel, he skips dinner and races to roost. I always have to remove him from the roost and make him eat dinner, and then he remembers that he is actually pretty hungry, silly boy.

    Raisin Cookie & Milk! An odd name for an odd bird(Gifted to her by my younger brother) RC&M can never decide where she lies in the pecking order, one moment she's on top, and the next she's on the bottom. I'm pretty sure she was from a project line, if so I'm not breeding her(Whops...)

    And last but not least...

    Freckled! Freckled is the bossy-pants of the group, always putting the other two in their place, and constantly squabbling with RC&M for head of the pecking order. She'll put Gary in his place when he gets over excited, and she's not afraid to stand up too anything... Even my Rhode Island Reds, when they (Inevitably) invade the yard. She is very chatty and always the first to investigate when something in the yard is amiss, and is never afraid of the tame (And stupid) muscovy named Forrest (If anyone gets my reference) when he lumbers into the yard every morning to squeak until he is fed breakfast.

    They are very lovely birds, although I have never seen an egg from my hens... All in all they are a good breed, jam packed with personality! They don't do very well with other breeds, and once they have formed a group they WILL fight outsiders.
    Here are some pictures of my lovelies-
    Gary is the Silver Duckwing(black and white), Raisin Cookie & Milk is the brown and white one, and Freckled is the Ginger-Red(Reddish ginger and brown one)



    Purchase Price:
    Purchase Date:
    30th Of May 2018
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  3. BlackHackle
    "Very addicting breed!"
    Pros - Easy to maintenance, fun to have around, lovely color varieties!
    Cons - Crown has to be dubbed for showing

User Comments

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  1. Ms Clucky
    Use to be scared of chickens when I was a kid. Did not realized how they actually behaved. Bantams are so sweet, to me at least. Anyone else comes up there and they run
  2. Ms Clucky
    I love these breeds. Cackle hatchery had 17 color varieties in 2018. I didn't get the Ginger Red, Wheaten, Spangled or the Brassy Back. It's not like I didn't want those, the hatchery just didn't put those kind in there. What a bummer.
  3. sue25
    What does dubbed mean?
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    1. mrmixon
      Comb, Ears and Wattle "CUT" off.
      mrmixon, Jul 27, 2017
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  4. 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.
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  5. 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
  6. BYCforlife
    Very interesting! Do these birds mix well with others?
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  7. 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!
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  8. arrowti
    Our OEG bantaom rooster is also very friendly with people. However, he is mean to the standard roosters who are afraid of him!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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