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Britannic Rare Breeds aim to promote all traditional native farmed livestock, in particular rare breeds and where possible make them easily obtainable.

Native breeds form a valuable part of our cultural heritage and their continued existence and genetic diversity is important to provide opportunities and options for both commercial and domestic circumstances in the future.
Rare breeds are rare because smallholders are rare, in truth we should all do our bit to grow our own and it is in this domestic, low intensity and small scale environment that so many traditional breeds flourish where a dependant commercial strain would not.

A great array of traditional breeds still exist and it is among this great diversity that you are likely to find a breed or variety ideally suited to your own environment, requirements and circumstances.

Featured Breed - Indian Game chicken

The Indian Game was developed in Cornwall in the 1840's by crossing Old English Game with Aseels. The offspring from this cross was mated to Malay game to improve size. The Indian Game was initially created for cock fighting but by the 1870's the breed was being used for crossing with Sussex, Dorking and Barred Plymouth Rock to create sought after table birds.  Indian Game are particularly useful for crossing as the body type is dominant, meaning that the offspring should have the desirable wide, meat producing body conformation of the Indian Game. The darks were standardised in 1886. They do not stand tall like game breeds and due to exhibition trends have developed in to reasonably short legged birds with a low set carriage. Sadly these features can hinder male birds from mating successfully, but fashions are changing and this type is now less favourable.  The breed is also prone to broodiness; they are reliable, tight sitters but are clumsier with eggs than other breeds. The two other colours of Indian Game are Jubilee and Blue Laced. The jubilee was standardised in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. To maintain the lacing in the Jubilee it is necessary to cross with the dark Indian game.
Currently, many birds being sold as Indian Game have characteristics that are not true of the breed. White legs are commonly seen and should be avoided as it may indicate history of a crossing with Sussex or another breed. The breed standard states that leg colour should be yellow. All chicks should have a smokey yellow down with indistinct dark brownish markings along the back. If they are not so coloured it may indicate an impurity. 

Bantam Indian Game were created by J.F. Entwistle in 1890. The bantam version was developed by crossing a small Indian Game hen with a black-red Modern Game x Aseel. The bird with the widest breast was selected from the offspring and then crossed back to the original small hen.

Read more about the Indian Game here

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