Valley Hatchery is thrilled to offer the Black Breasted Red Standard Old English Chicks, a breed that’s a vibrant splash of history and beauty. Recognized by the American Standard of Perfection, these birds are a living testament to their rich lineage. Descended from ancient cockfighting birds brought to Great Britain by the Romans in the 1st century, they’ve transitioned from the arenas of old to the modern show rings, where they’re admired for their stunning appearance and spirited nature.
The Black Breasted Red variety is particularly dazzling, with its red head, shiny black breast feathers, iridescent tail, and pearl-white legs. These birds aren’t just about looks; they’re also famed for their vitality and active lifestyle. Small and tightly feathered, they exhibit an upright, bold stance that gives them a larger-than-life appearance.
While they may not be the most prolific egg layers, laying around 120 white eggs per year, these hens are known for their excellent mothering abilities, even though they can be somewhat protective. Their longevity is noteworthy, often living up to 15 years, a testament to their hardiness and resilience.
These Old English Chickens embody a mix of wild spirit and adaptability. Known for their flighty and slightly aggressive nature, they have a tendency to return to the wild if given the chance. Strong fliers and vocal, they excel in free-range environments, adept at evading predators and thriving in various climates. It’s important to note that males can be territorial, so careful management is needed when housing multiple roosters.
Valley Hatchery proudly offers these magnificent birds not only in the standard size but also in bantam varieties, catering to a wide range of poultry enthusiasts. Whether you’re seeking a show-stopping bird or a resilient, free-range companion, our Black Breasted Red Standard Old English Chicks are a perfect choice, blending the allure of history with the charm of the countryside.