What to look for in old English game bantam chicks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Rocky64, Feb 1, 2016.

  1. Rocky64

    Rocky64 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2015
    Hello all, I didn't know where else to post this so I went with here. So I'm interested in getting some OEGB this spring and didn't want to buy from hatcheries and go through shipping with the chicks, so I was going to try my luck at a TSC when they have chicks available, I've heard that there are some OEGB varieties in the "bantam bin" and I was wondering if there was any way for me to tell which ones are OEGB. I know they are clean legged, but that's about it. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance
  2. countrygirl345

    countrygirl345 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2014
    They are generally very small compared to the other chickens, with brown/grassy colors that would blend in in the wild. Some also have apparent stripes on the head and back. Hope this helps!
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2016
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    I agree.
  4. Rocky64

    Rocky64 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2015
    Thanks to you both! Hopefully I can find a few different colors of OEGB in there, the self blue and silver duckwing are two of my favorite varieties and I've heard they both can be in there. Do you know an other ones that could be in there?
  5. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 30, 2013
    Pottstown, PA
    You realize that all the chicks at TSC have been shipped, right?
    If I were you, I would go buy a box of 25 from Ideal hatchery. They have them on sale today for $1.15 each + shipping. You will spend less money and be assured they are all OEGB. If 25 is too many, raise them to sexable age and give away the extra males, then sell pairs of trios on Craigslist (or here) until you get the group down to the size you want.

    If you buy from TSC, they will cost more and still be straight run, so you might end up with 6 males, or 5 males and 1 female. At least with 25 you are sure to get some females and can pick the colors you want to keep.
  6. Rocky64

    Rocky64 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2015
    Yes I am fully aware that chicks are shipped to TSC, and it's early yet for chicks so the sale at ideal hatchery doesn't help me too much. And I do not have the room to house an extra 25 birds, not even till sexing age, which is why I don't want to go through hatcheries because their minimum chick order is too many chicks at one time for me to house. And I'm getting other breeds when I do get chicks and not just OEGB so if they aren't all OEGB it's not a huge loss. As for the rooster problem, I know a few people who would take some off my hands.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    some places offer sexed chicks with orders as small as 5 bantams
  8. Rocky64

    Rocky64 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2015
    Yeah I recently came across Cackle hatchery and their minimum is 5 and they have what variety I want so I think I may order from them, however I don't like the $20 small order fee for ordered under 25. Thanks for all the help y'all

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