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Black-Breasted Red Old English Game Bantam Chickens
Old English Game fowl is one of the oldests breeds of chicken.

$3.20/ Bantam (miniature)
Black-Breasted Red Old English Game chicken egg


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Bantam Chickens: Small is Beautiful

Black-Breasted Red Old English Game Bantams are small. Males weigh 24 ounces (1.5 pounds = 680 grams). Females weigh 22 ounces (1.375 pounds = 623 grams).

To compare size, a standard Dominique rooster weighs about 7-8 pounds. A standard Dominique hen weighs 5 to 6.5 pounds.

Bantam, Banty, and Bantie all mean the same thing. Bantam is a small breed or variety of chicken. Most large chicken breeds have a bantam counterpart or miniature. Bantams are 1/5 to 1/4 the size of the standard breed. They have all of the standard's characteristics.

This photo is an adult Black-Breasted Red Old English Game Bantam rooster. There is a standard size of this breed.

Popular Show Chickens

At the New York Poultry Show in 1893, Black-Breasted Red Old English Games were the second most popular bird (after Buff Cochin). In 1903 they were the most popular bird at the show.

Today Old English Game Bantams are popular at poultry shows. It is the largest class of breeds at shows with class sizes of over 300 birds at medium-sized shows. Their purpose is defined as "ornamental exhibition".

Many people enjoy showing the beauty of the bird's size, build, coloring, feathers and temperament.

Males have to be dubbed in order to be shown. Dubbing is the removal of the comb, wattles and sometimes earlobes. Part of the comb is left on. I don't like cutting birds so my birds are left intact.

This photo is an adult Black-Breasted Red Old English Game Bantam hen.

Types of Old English Game Bantam Chickens

Old English Game Bantam chickens include 37 varieties recognized by the American Bantam Association (ABA): Barred, Birchen, Black, Black-Breasted Red, Black-Tailed, Blue, Blue-Breasted Red, Blue Red, Blue-Tailed, Blue Quail, Brassy Back, Brown Red, Crele, Fawn, Ginger Red, Lemon Blue, Mille Fleur, Mottled, White, Red Pyle, Self Blue, Silver Blue, Silver Duckwing, Spangled, Splash, Quail, Wheaten, and White.

This photo is a 2-week-old Black-Breasted Old English Game Bantam chick.

Physical Characteristics of the Breed

They have a single comb. (A comb is a fleshy growth or crest on the top of the head of gallinaceous birds, such as turkeys, pheasants, and domestic chickens.) They do not have feathers on their legs (clean-leg).

Males and females have entirely different, multicolored feather patterns. The males are very showy.

This photo is a 3-week-old chick.



Hardy, Healthy and Good Fliers

Great for farms and backyard coops.

They do well in confinement or free range. They are good foragers. They are hardy and handle heat/cold very well.

All Bantams are better fliers than standard-sized chickens. They can fly into a tree 15 feet or higher.

They also move fast so are good at evading hawks and other predators.

This breed lives a long time, longer than most breeds of chickens. It is not uncommon for hens to live to be 12-16 years old.

The first photo is chicks that are 5 or 6 weeks old.

The second photo is 8-week-old (2 month) pullets and cockerels.

Male Black-Breasted Red Old English Game Bantams

Roosters are adventurous, spunky, intelligent, curious, fun, and full of life. They are friendly if raised from a chick with a lot of human attention.

My Black-Breasted Red Old English Game Bantam roosters live together and do not attack each other. They were raised together since chicks which helps a lot.

However, of all the chicken breeds I have, this breed has the most aggressive roosters. I have one who likes to attack my ankles. But he is so small, it's funny. Some roosters are friendly.

Never approach a male from the front because they see this as a challenge. Grasp the shoulders from the side, then pick him up.

This photo is an adult rooster.





Female Black-Breasted Red Old English Game Bantams

Hens are peaceful, sweet, friendly, sociable, likeable, and timid. They love being held. Makes a good pet even coming to you when called. Though they are more nervous and flighty than the hens of my other chicken breeds.

Hens are very, very broody and great mothers. Bantams are very good at hatching chicks. With a Bantam hen, you don't need an incubator.

Eggs are small and white. They weigh about 1 ounce. A standard Dominique egg weighs about 2 ounces. Egg production is not as great as breeds bred for laying.

The top left photo is a broody hen. The third photo is a brown standard Dominique egg with a Black-Breasted Red Old English Game Bantam egg.

The bottom photo is an adult hen.




What is a Game Chicken?

Game chickens (standard and bantam) were historically bred to have behavioral and physical characteristics that made them good for cockfighting.

A male is called a gamecock. The word "gamecock" was first used in 1646 based on a 1607 book, "The Commendation of Cocks and Cock Fighting."

Cockfighting is more than 5,000 years old. It is the sport (illegal in many countries) of setting two cocks to fight each other. Personally, I am very much against this sport. But I want you to know the history of this breed.

Game fowl used in cockfighting are not a recognized breed by poultry associations such as the American Poultry Association, Old English Game Bantam Club of America, or American Bantam Association.

The top photo is 3-month-old Black-Breasted Old English Game Bantam pullets.

The bottom photo is 3-month-old cockerels and pullets eating comfrey.

Game Fowl Are Less Domesticated

Game chickens are more like their wild ancestor, the Red Jungle Fowl, than are most domestic chickens. The Red Jungle Fowl is a shy, wild chicken from South Central and Southeastern Asia forests. Bantam Game chickens have less Red Jungle Fowl in them than do standard Game chickens.

Game fowl have been bred to develop the fittest individuals with the best instinct for survival. They were not bred for egg production or feed conversion.

Adult Game males tend to be territorial, wanting to dominate other males. Standard Game roosters are more territorial than Bantam Game roosters.

The breeding of Bantam Old English Game birds over the last 100 years has been very different from that of Standard Old English Game. Bantams have been bred to be very tame and non-aggressive as compared to standard Old English Game.

This photo is a Red Jungle Fowl rooster.


Photos of Black-Breasted Red Old English Game Bantam Chicks

 


 
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