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Standard Varieties of Chickens:

Black-Breasted Red Game


The history of the Black-breasted Red Game dates from the most remote times. They always breed uniformly and invariably alike in color, this uniformity being also observed in the Bantams of this name. The color of the Red Game cock is a bright orange, the head, hackle, and saddle being light red; the breast, body, and stern are black; the shoulders, with the exception of the shoulder coverts, are red; wing bow, red; coverts, black; tail feathers, sickles, and tail coverts, lustrous black; thighs, black; shanks and feet, yellow. The hen is brown; head and hackles, light golden; hackle feathers striped with black down the center; the feathers of the body penciled with black; tail, black or dark brown, the upper feathers penciled with light brown.

The head of the cock is long, and the neck slim and snaky; breast, broad; great breadth across the shoulders; back, straight and sloping to the tail; body, hard and compact; wings, short; tail, small and closely folded, with few sickles and fine narrow hangers; thigh, long and well-developed; shank, long, stout, and smooth; toes, long and straight. The hen is about the same shape as the cock, and the carriage of both is bold and upright. The Black-breasted Red Game is an excellent table fowl, and a moderate layer of medium-sized eggs of rich flavor. The chicks require much care, as their constitutions are weakened from too close breeding for ornamental purposes.


FOR FURTHER READING...

The first image below comes from the Oklahoma State University Department of Animal Science's Poultry Breeds pages. The remaining images are from the FeatherSite, "an on-line zoological garden of domestic poultry". The Modern Game page at Oklahoma and the Modern Games page at FeatherSite contain further information about this breed's history and more images of these fowl. Clicking on each image takes you to the page specifically about that particular variety.


Black-Breasted Red Game Black-Breasted Red Game Cock Black-Breasted Red Game Cockerel Black-Breasted Red Game Hen

Image Credits (from left to right): Copyright © 1996, Oklahoma State University Board of Regents; Courtesy of Shahbazin; Courtesy of Barry Koffler; Courtesy of Donna Schopac

Please note: These links point to pages that are being served off of the Oklahoma State University's web server and off the cyborganic.net web server, which are not part of the Chickscope project. Because of this, the pages may be missing or corrupted, and control of this is generally out of the hands of the Chickscope development team.

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