Old English or American Game Bantam?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Natureluv, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. Natureluv

    Natureluv Hatching

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    DE281E7B-42C0-4D84-8392-7F700E1A98D7.jpeg 3F413143-8295-4174-88DF-93A1CD16608F.jpeg 68016070-0444-44A0-9959-FD6764071E38.jpeg We inherited a chicken coop with the home we purchased last fall. The listing agent said there were chickens but they were gone by the time we saw the house. However, there was a wild chicken (and turkey & peacock) that kept coming around all winter and eventually I caught them in our coop. The chicken is unlike any I’ve seen before but I think it’s either American or Old English Game Banty. Can anyone help? It’s tail sometimes appears like a fan, but at other times is more bunched together. It is missing a few tail feathers from the middle when viewed from the side.
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  2. AltonaAcres

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    Welcome to BYC! :welcome That is a cool looking Birchen chicken!! Can't believe you tamed her. It is hard to see how big she is.............Old English game Bantams are very small. Their tails aren't quite that big, nor are they that "lanky", they are usually more small and compact. She is probably a mix. There is a chance she is an American Game, but I just haven't seen enough of them to identify them. Good luck!
     
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  3. Ms Clucky

    Ms Clucky Chirping

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    Looks like a mix game Bantam. She is beautiful! :love
     
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  4. Natureluv

    Natureluv Hatching

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    Thanks! I’m not sure how to describe her size. I grew up with Rhode Island Red and she is definitely smaller than that. Her eggs are pretty small too. She does appear a bit lanky. I’m not sure if that’s her normal build or the result of running wild for half a year or more.
     
  5. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock

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    She is most likely a mix but could be an American Game. Old English would have white legs.
     
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  6. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    She's built more like a standard game hen than like a bantam. Bantams are only about seven inches tall.
     
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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  8. Natureluv

    Natureluv Hatching

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    Thanks for your thoughts. She must be a mix then. She doesn’t look as tall (to me) as the game hen photos I’ve seen. I asked at another website that helps with chicken identification, and they thought she looks like an Egyptian Fayoumi. She matches that breed’s size and shape fairly well but they appear to only have white/silver coloring.
    So not sure what she is, but we are enjoying her and the eggs she is producing
     
  9. Brahmachicken240

    Brahmachicken240 Free Ranging

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    Mix game bantam.
     
  10. DelaneyMGB25

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    X2. What a pretty girl! We have a duckwing/brown Red Cross that has the same birchen colors!
     

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