kids encyclopedia robot

Old English Game facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Old English Game
Bunter Hahn Altenglischer Zwergkämpfer.JPG
Bantam cock and hen
Conservation status Breed association (2002): secure
FAO (2007): not at risk
Country of origin England
  • Male:
    Carlisle: up to 2.94 kg
    Oxford: 1.8–2.5 kg
    Bantam: 620–740 g
  • Female:
    Carlisle: up to 2.50 kg
    Oxford: 0.9–1.36 kg
    Bantam: 510–620 g
Egg color white tinted
Comb type Single
APA All other standard breeds
PCGB Hard feather
  • Chicken
  • Gallus gallus domesticus

The Old English Game is a British breed of domestic chicken. It was probably originally bred for cockfighting. Two different standards are recognised by the Poultry Club of Great Britain: Carlisle Old English Game and Oxford Old English Game. There is also an Old English Game bantam.



The Old English Game has many colour variants. Twenty-eight are recognised by the American Poultry Association, while the Entente Européenne d’Aviculture et de Cuniculture lists thirty-three. In Britain, thirteen colours are recognised for the Carlisle type, and thirty for the Oxford type.


Since the abolition of cock-fighting in 1849, the Old English Game has been kept primarily for show. Old English Game hens may lay about forty small tinted eggs in a year.

kids search engine
Old English Game Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.