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Standard Varieties of Chickens:

Cornish and White Indian Games


The Indian Game (figs. 36 and 37) has many fine qualities to recommend it to the breeder, and for many years past has been on of the most popular of fowls. In plumage the male is green-black without penciling; the wings, chestnut, with bay and metallic black wing bar; the feathers of the neck hackle are short and hard, green-black, with delicate crimson-brown shafts.

FIG. 36. - Pair of White Indian Games.
The plumage of hen is very difficult to obtain, and should be a combination of nut-brown and green-black throughout, green predominating. Along the breastbone of both male and female the feathers part and allow the skin to show just at or above the upper point of the keel-bone. This is a distinctive feature of the breed, and shows from the time the chicks shed the down. FIG. 37. - Cornish Indian Game hen. The breast is very wide, round, and prominent, and should always be oval and full in contour; the thighs are well rounded, nicely tapering, and think and meaty next the body; shanks, very stout, well scaled, and deep orange in color; back toe should be almost flat on the ground; tail, close and hard, carried well out, and sickles rather short; wings, tightly-folded, the ends of the secondaries rounding off abruptly and resting close against the tail or just above it; eye, yellow approaching gray; beak, yellow, or striped with horn color. The Indian Game is a beautiful bird, and its every movement bespeaks its high breeding.




FOR FURTHER READING...

The first image below comes from the Oklahoma State University Department of Animal Science's Poultry Breeds pages. The second image is from the FeatherSite, "an on-line zoological garden of domestic poultry". The Cornish page from Oklahoma and the Cornish page from 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.


Dark Cornish Game Dark Cornish Hen and Cock

Image Credits (from left to right): Copyright © 1996, Oklahoma State University Board of Regents; Courtesy of Jeff Iurato

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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