1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Game Hens?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by SunnySoleil, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. SunnySoleil

    SunnySoleil Out Of The Brooder

    Someone gave us 11 hens - which are apparently game hens. Anyone got any comments on this one and the two pics below?
    They are laying eggs, not sure which ones, but we have found 3 eggs in one day. They are apparently 7 months old.


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    43,511
    457
    468
    Dec 22, 2009
    No idea on the breed but they are very pretty [​IMG]
     
  3. SunnySoleil

    SunnySoleil Out Of The Brooder

    When we got these hens, our dogs ran out and they flew off high into the trees, on the roof etc. Now we have accommodated them with our regular chickens. We had 6 chickens - one laying silkie mix who is very broody and has raised two sets of babies including a big red that hatched out of a bunch of eating eggs our neighbor gave us. There is the main rooster who came with her, two other roosters which were their babies, the large red hen and a dominique mix that was given to us as a baby.

    One of the roosters was the bottom of the pecking order... BUT when these girlies arrived he took up with them and hangs with them wherever they go.

    They have laid a total of 3 eggs, not sure at all which of them is doing the laying, but the eggs where paler and larger than the silkie eggs which are medium size [bigger than bantam eggs but not large].

    They roost under the carport on a shambolic chicken 'house' made up of an old bed bottom, a big wooden board and an old soft tub!!!

    All the eggs bar one were laid in one of the two nesting boxes that our regular silkie lays in. One was found at the back of the house where we saw her making a little nest behind a stacked pallet against the wall.
     
  4. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

    9,119
    302
    298
    Mar 2, 2011
    Knee Deep
    well their games but dont know what kind. the neighbors run wild and are very good at it and making babies
     
  5. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    10,323
    124
    368
    Aug 30, 2007
    New York State
    My Coop
    They could be Old English Games, non bantam. The 2 on the left in the second photo look like they are Blue Wheaten. The others could be Black Breasted Red or possible Gold Birchen.. not sure as I haven't seen too many BBRed or GB game hens.
     
  6. smarsh

    smarsh Chillin' With My Peeps

    741
    26
    151
    Aug 19, 2009
    lexington, KY
    most certainly game, but it takes a more knowledgeable person than I to call the breed by the hens. But I love the way game hens look, all proud and alert, and those long tails. so close to the original wild ancestors.
     
  7. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

    7,106
    659
    358
    Sep 4, 2009
    Minnesota
    Let me check my handy dandy SOP, but I am wondering about the green legs on the two I see.

    Ok, I checked...
    the ones with the green legs are a mixed color, which is probably what brings out the green.
    However, they all appear to be OEGs, though not pure in color. That doesn't mean they are not pure of breed.
    The color on the lighter ones would be Wheaten of the leg color was correct. As for the others that are more
    Partridge colored, I would say they are Black Breasted Red or close to it.
     
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2012
  8. gamelife

    gamelife Chillin' With My Peeps

    411
    17
    111
    Nov 6, 2011
    California
    Beautiful game hens Sunny.
    They look very healthy and alert. Consider yourself lucky to have such nice birds.
    I don't believe they are OEG but American game rather, American games can have any variety of leg color depending
    their bloodlines. They all appear to be black breasted reds, with the wheatens producing males that are lighter red in hackle
    and saddle feather coloring. Those partridge colored hens look to be that of some black breasted darker reds. I especially
    like the hen in the front, of the last pic. She's stunning.You definitely scored.
    [​IMG]
     
  9. SunnySoleil

    SunnySoleil Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks chicken peeps.. really appreciate the input as we are really chicken virgins and they just keep turning up. We've had two sets of chicken babies from our silkie and she nurtured them all, but out of 6 only 1 turned out a hen and that wasn't one of her eggs!!!

    When the Game Crew arrived they didn't even register corn being thrown out..now they are much more integrated after just a week.. They are so pretty can't stop watching them but it is almost impossible to photograph them individually... as they keep running in and out of the scene.. criss crossing. We are so blessed to have been given these.. ready growed up to nearly egg producing - the guy said they were 7 months old. He was getting hard pressed to feed them all we suspect as he has a bunch of chickens there.

    Chickens can produce hours of entertainment, especially when free range like ours are.. very calming to sit and stare!!!
     
  10. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    they all look like old english games.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by