Modern Game chickens are a striking breed of bird. They evolved from breeding Malay and Old English Game . They were first breed in the late 1850’s as a sleeker version of the gamecock which was used for fighting. However, Modern Game was bred for shows rather than for fighting as this was outlawed around this time. They reached their peak of popularity in the early 1900’s – with large numbers entered for competition and breeding stock often selling for outrageous prices. Throughout the late part of the 1900’s century they declined in popularity – however lately they have increased in popularity, especially the bantam variety.
They are tall handsome birds that like to be active. They are quite curious birds and can be tamed and handled easily. They are tightly feathered and are quite small – often sitting comfortably in the palm of your hand. They are not good layers and being lightweight are not good for the table either.
Originally only 5 colour were recognised: Black-Red, Black-Brown, Brichens, Duckwings and Piles. However, there are now 13 colours recognised in the UK and 18 in America. These include: Black, Blue, Golden Duckwing, Lemon Blue, Silver Blue and White