Our Old English Games are truly a work in progress. After exhibiting Orientals for several years now, we began to notice that seldom if ever did one see an Old English Game (large fowl) being shown. In any show the Old English Game Bantams represent more than half of the birds being exhibited, but these bantams are most likely not even related to the original Old English Games. Thus, we began our search.
First, we found there were very few people breeding really good standard Old English Games in America. This said, we order some hatching eggs from the best known breeder in the States: Clifford Douglass. From these eggs we were able to procure only one young stag: a Dom.
Due to the few really good Old English to be found we widened our search to include American Gamefowl that had maintained the Old English type in their makeup. This we found in a line of Toppies. A very expensive hen was given us as a gift from Mr. Dixon of Tennessee. This hen was bred to a Grey stag that also had good Old English type which had been a gift from Mr. Blackwell of South Carolina.
The winter of 2009 saw the edition of a pullet from an old strain of Roundheads to our flock. Though these birds carry pea-combs they are very game and represent a strain which stretches back for more than two hundred years in the South.
In the fall of 2009, we received in a trade a Kelso pullet and stag. These Black Red Games bring to our breeding stock the white legs needed to meet the color standard of the APA. They will also help insure the gameness of strain.
We are currently involved in breeding together these various birds representing a wide genetic pool. Our goal is to breed them according to the APA Standard all the while maintaining health, vigor and gameness. As the birds are bred, they will be segregated into various strains which will breed true. Pictures will be posted as the birds mature. Stock should be available by the fall of 2012.