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Old English Game Chickens OEG

February 8th, 2011 at 14:58

Old English Game Chickens, Probably The First Breed Developed In Britain.

Old English Game Background & Behaviour.

oeg old english game imageThe Old English Game (OEG) has its origins in Britain and has long been a popular fighting bird. The overall appearance of the OEG is of a well rounded muscular chicken. OEGs are small birds with a tightly feathered plumage. The head is small with a big, strong beak, single comb, small thin earlobes and wattles and large eyes.

Although fighting is now illegal in most countries, the males were dubbed to prevent injury during fights. Dubbing is the removal or trimming of the combs and wattles. Dubbing is still performed for some exhibition birds.

The wings are large and powerful and the legs are strong and short.

The UK Old English Game club split into two during the 1930′s and each club the Oxford and the Carlisle now recognise two different types of OEG.

The Oxford type has a back which is angled at 45 degrees to the ground and comes in 30 colour varieties. These were the type of OEG used for fighting.

The Carlisle type has a straight back and comes in 13 different colour varieties. These were the type of OEG used for exhibitions.

In the US there has been a preference to showing bantams over the large fowl and the Old English Bantam Club of America now organises over 200 shows per year.

Caring for Old English Game Chickens.

oeg old english game chicken hen imageOld English Game birds males are aggressive to each other, in fact you should not keep two cocks together or they will fight to the death. However their boldness is a positive aspect when they are kept as pet chickens, because they very soon become tame.

They are best left to free range to keep them fit and healthy and they are fine foragers. They are a very active and noisy bird.

Keep an eye on your boundary fences as the OEG, with its strong wings can fly upto 7ft.

Old English Game Chickens are probably the best layers of all the hard-feathered breeds and produce a cream coloured egg, expect 2 per week.

oeg hen image

Old English Game Chickens And Bantams Are A Very Popular Background Bird. They Are Great Exhibition Birds And Come In A Huge Variety Of Colours.

Her’s a video of some bantam Old English Game Birds…

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