Indian Game

My Male placed 2nd at the National Poultry Show 2016
Indian Game have been a love of mine ever since I first saw them shown at the National Poultry show way back when.  After an initial conversation with the Breed Club and a couple of breeders I decided that this was a breed that would be well suited to me.

Sourced from some of the best breeding lines in the UK I aim to breed birds both for show and for the table.  Some crosses will be made to Speckled Sussex hens also to produce a traditional table bird.


These birds are incredibly well natured despite their large size and are classified as Large Hard Feather.

Breeds used in the make­up were the red Asil, black-breasted red Old English Game, and the Malay. The breed has been developed for its abundant quantity of breast meat, in which respect no other breed can equal it. When large table birds were the most popular in this country Indian Game males were chosen as mates for females of such table breeds as the Sussex, Dorking and Orpington, to produce extra large crosses. The females chosen for mating belonged to breeds possessing white flesh and shanks. Jubilee Indian Game are similar to Indians, but the lacing is white; in Indians it is black. The two varieties are often interbred.

Breed Standard

LARGE FOWL

Origin: Great Britain

Classification: Heavy: Hard feather

Egg colour:  Tinted

General characteristics: Male

Carriage: Upright, commanding and courageous, the black sloping downwards towards the tail. A powerful and broad bird, very active, sprightly and vigorous.

Type: Body very thick and compact and very broad at the shoulders, the shoulder butts showing prominently, but the bird must not be hollow backed, the body tapering towards the tail. Back flat and broad at the shoulders, but the bird must not be flat sided. Elegance is required with substance.

Breast wide, fairly deep and prominent, but well rounded, and rising to the vent. Wings short and carried closely to the body, well rounded at the points, closely tucked at ends and carried rather high in front. Tail medium length with short narrow secondary sickles and tail coverts, close and hard and in line with the back.

Head: Of medium length and thick, not so keen as in English Game, nor as thick as in the Malay, somewhat beetle browed but not nearly as much as in the Malay. Skull broad.

Beak well curved and stout where set on the head giving the bird a powerful appearance.

Eyes full and bold. Comb  is pea type, i.e. three longitudinal ridges, the centre one being double height of those at sides, small closely set on the head. Ear-lobes and wattles small, smooth and of fine texture.

Neck: Of medium length and slightly arched; hackle short, barely covering base of the neck.

Legs and feet: Legs very strong and thick. Thighs round and stout, but not as long as in the Malay. Shanks short and well scaled. The length of shank must be sufficient to give the bird a gameyappearance. Feet strong and well spread. Toes long, strong, straight, the back toe' low and nearly flat on ground; nails well shaped.

Plumage: Short, hard and close.

Handling: Flesh firm.

General characteristics: Female

The general characteristics are similar to those of the male, allowing for the natural sexual differences. The tail, however, which is well venetianed but close, is carried low but somewhat higher than the male's.

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