If you’ve been looking for the perfect Old English game fowl to take home, the professionals at Cackle Hatchery are here to help. We’ve been developing several different varieties of this chicken for more than 30 years, including the Blue Standard Old English. This specific variety features black-slate colored legs, a straight comb, and a medium/high station. These birds live long, are very hardy, and make great brooding mothers. Whether you want a standard sized chicken or one of our miniature versions, you can place your order today! Feel free to contact Cackle Hatchery if you would like any more information. This is an excellent choice for someone to have a free range flock of poultry (1 male and 10 hens). This flock will have a better chance of evading predators than most other poultry breeds. The hens make good brooding mothers for sitting on the eggs and hatching the baby chicks and raising them.
NOTE: The Old English are photographed with comb, ear lobes, and wattles dubbed (cut off). Entering a poultry show with non-dubbed males of the Old English breed is a disqualification. You can check your local or state poultry association/clubs for upcoming shows and check out your state fair poultry show dates. You would compete for ribbons with other breeds that are listed in the class “All other Standard Breeds."
A few years ago I ordered some Old English Game from Cackle Hatchery. In the order (unbeknown to me) were two Bobwhite Quail. One was doa on arrival, the other was a male that was raised with the chickens. He was a blessing to say the least! While I had them caged together he had to constantly be on the run, but as soon as I could I let them all run free. He still hung out with the chickens but kept his distance. He even roosted in the trees with them. This seems crazy but when I would walk out of my house and he would see me ( sometimes 20 yards away) he would fly up to me. I would always have some grain to give him. It was so neat to see a bird that is shy in the wild to be so social. Unfortunately one day he spooked in the yard and sustained a wound when he flew into a fence. He died the next morning in my hands. I don't know how that little guy made his way in the box of chickens but I'm so glad he did. I hope to get back on a farm some day soon and make an order from Cackle. That order will definitely include some Bobwhite Quail. I use to hunt quail. I couldn't do that now, not after this experience and with everything else that they have to go through to survive. (Posted on 1/7/2016)