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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 - Modern Game chicken

The Modern Game was developed between 1849 when cock fighting was banned and the beginning of the twentieth century. Some cock breeders turned their attentions to exhibitions after the banning of cock fighting. The Old English Game/pit game is likely to have been crossed with the Malay to create desirable elegant birds for the show bench. What is now the Modern Game gradually evolved to be a taller, tighter feathered game breed and eventually the Modern Game became a distinctive breed. Both large fowl and bantam forms exist, the large fowl being notably rarer than the bantam. They are calm, docile and easily tamed and are not aggressive or vicious like their parent breeds. They have a long, slightly arched neck. The body is wide across the shoulders and tapers to a short tail with a short flat back.  A well balanced conformation is essential. Legs are long and should have a slight bend at the hock rather than being dead straight. The hind (fourth) toe should rest flat on the ground and must not be held lose to the foot (duck footed). The Comb is of the single type in all varieties. The comb, ear lobe, face and wattle colour can vary depending on the colour variety of the breed. Red and dark purple or Mulberry also known as Gypsy faced, are common.

Read more about the Modern Game here

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