Old English--Bird of Many Colors

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by apc, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. apc

    apc Songster

    Nov 4, 2009
    Chickland, Il
    Got the new Ideal price list and was amazed to see all of the different color variations of Old English Bantams (but alas, no pictures in the pamphlet. I'd love to see pictures of the actual birds, and will post some of my Crele later on.
    What is your favorite color?
    What is a color you don't find often?
  2. DTchickens

    DTchickens Crowing

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    feathersite has some pics of a lot of the varieties, two whole pages. The OEGBCA has good pictures too but mostly recognized varieties.

    My favorite would have to be silver birds, like Silver Duckwings and Silver quills.. Though i have to say the Opals are interesting as well.
  3. Vcomb

    Vcomb Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    South Dakota
    My Coop
    in terms of the old english bantams my favorite colors include fawn reds and mille fluers. in largefowl old english spangled and gold duckwings are my favorites.
  4. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Crowing

    Apr 30, 2007
    Deer Park Washington
    If you go to Ideals website they have drawings of their birds, I think they sell something like 80 color varieties of OEGB. My personal favorites are the creles and I would love it if someone made lavender crele and dun crele.
  5. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    I love lemon blue and barred~
  6. blackred

    blackred Songster

    Oct 15, 2007
    Blue Texas
    Quote:As someone that has bred and shown Old English for 25 years I find it hard to imagine 80 varieties of OE that breed true. It makes me think of the saying I heard a couple of years ago- There are no Old English culls, only new varieties.

    For the record my favorite variety of Old English is Spangle, which we raise. We have added Blue Wheatens this year.

  7. chickn

    chickn Away for a bit

    Apr 15, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2009
  8. Krodsorin

    Krodsorin Songster

    Apr 24, 2009
    NSW Australia
    Blue is gorgeous.
  9. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Crowing

    Apr 30, 2007
    Deer Park Washington
    I have heard that saying too but it seems true, when they cross varieties and get something crazy they stick a name on it, kinda like the call people. Which, not to bash or anything but it seems like when I go to any show there are hundreds of OEGB, it seems like many breed for quantity, not quality. But without OEGB, the shows would be empty and a good one is amazing.
  10. MAllen

    MAllen Get In The Game

    Aug 23, 2009
    Claremore, OK.
    For OEGB's I like and raise BB Reds for show, mine are from the Andy Barnes bloodline. That said, I like American Game Bantams better and I think that they are going to be showing up more often at the various shows around the nation. AGB's are a little larger than OEGB's and retain the traits of their American Gamefowl roots. Here's a few photos of my BB Red (Hatch) AGB pair. The cock is 1 pound 15.8 ozs, the hen is 1 pound 5.8 ozs. They are not in full feather in these photos.


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