Indian Game

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Indian Game



The Indian Game (called the Cornish in the US) is thought to have first oringinated from birds bred for cock fighting descended from the Asiatic fighting cocks. These were thought to have been imported by the Phoenicians to Cornwall, SW England around the 1800s. They frequently visited Cornwall to purchase tin supplied by the mines in the region. Since the mid 1800s they have not been used for cock fighting (banned in the UK in 1849) but Indian Game have been used extensively for creating birds for the table. One defining and unusual characteristic of the breed is that males and females have almost the same conformation, which includes a wide and deep breast, large and wide-set legs, and a medium-length slightly downsloping back. When viewed from above a Indian Game back has a heart-shaped appearance. Indian Game possess pea comb and red ear lobes, like the game breeds Indian Game have hard feathers. The original Indian Game colour was the Dark, with its attractive chestnut-brown ground colour and black double lacing. This was followed by the Jubilee – created to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 – which replaced the black lacing with white. The only other standardised colour is the blue, which again has the same rich brown base colour, but with blue/gray lacing. Despite being bred originally as fighters, nowadays Indian Games birds are good-tempered and can become tame, but they are not good layers.


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Breed Characteristics:

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  • Class:  Large Fowl
  • Purpose:  Table
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