We offer a wide range of Standard Old English game fowls available, including the Crele Standard Old English. This variety is one of 18 that we offer, and the breed in general is one of the oldest in existence. These chickens are known for their vigor and gameness, and they generally live a very long time. While we recommend separating the males, the hens are a great choice if you’re in need of a brooding mother for hatching and raising chicks. The Crele Standard Old English has a straight comb and pearl leg color, and we also have a miniature version available. For more details about this poultry breed contact Cackle Hatchery® today!
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)