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Modern Game Chickens

Breed Rating (7 Reviews)


Modern Game History

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.

Modern Game Behaviour

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.

Modern Game Varieties

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

Modern Game Status

Fairly common

Modern Game Pictures

A black small lean chicken
A chicken standing on a tree branch
Silver blue
Be well
silver birchen
Customer Image
Customer Image
Chicken posing for camera
Birchen modern cock
In the autumn leaves
Chicken with outstretched legs

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Latest Reviews For Modern Game (5 of 7)

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Excellent breed - Mary,

Small, elegant, very active. Most have wonderful personalities and become fond of their handlers. Available in multiple colors. Tolerate handling very well. Highly recommend.

Beautiful birds - Rebecca,

Sweetest little birds. So chatty and I love the long legs. Cutest ever

i like this chicken - Ale,

i want to buy it

- Delaney,

Modern Game Bantams are my favorite breed of chickens. In my opinion, they are very beautiful, and unique! Most seem to be friendly, BUT I’ve had an occasional rooster that wasn’t very friendly, or a hen who would peck at my fingers or hands when I reached in the pen. As I’ve experienced, they aren’t very hardy birds, depending on how they were raised and where. I have one bird that was raised by another hen who lived outside. (I’m in Illinois, not the best weather in the winter when she was hatching). He’s very hardy, and doesn’t get sick/cold easily. I then have other birds who won’t survice without a heat lamp when temps get under 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. They are also extremely hard to hatch!! I only got about 20 chicks this year out of 100+ eggs. Good luck if you try to incubate them! My MGBs lay about once every 1-3 days, more towards the1 and 2 days, depending of course on the amount of light they get. Overall, I love MGBs! They are amazing birds, and seem to have great personality’s!

Gorgeous Bird! - Smj,

The modern game bantam has almost gained status as my favourite bird over the few months that I have owned them. Many people argue that modern game and other game breeds are marmite birds - you either love them or hate them. Its easy to understand why, as long skinny legs may not be to everyone's taste, especially those used to the typical Orpington style breed. But I love them! I would highly recommend modern game for anyone looking to keep a unique and interesting breed. They are very sweet and friendly, don't take up much room and are adorable foragers as they're so tiny. I have also found them to be very good layers - on par with my wyandotte bantam. So go and buy yourself some! I promise you won't regret it.

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