Valley Hatchery is proud to offer Standard Old English Chickens for sale, a stunning breed with a long and fascinating history. These chickens are mostly used for exhibition due to their beautiful appearance, and they are available in a wide range of colors including Gold Duckwing, Silver Duckwing, White, Black, Black Breasted Brown Red, Brown Breasted Brown Red, Wheaten, Red Pyle, Ginger Red, Black Breasted Red, Blue, Splash, Spangled, Birchen, Crele, Silver Duckwing, Black Breasted Red, and Cuckoo.
Although they are not known for their egg-laying abilities, Old English hens do lay white eggs and have a tendency to go broody. They are also excellent mothers, although they can be somewhat aggressive. In addition to their ornamental value, these chickens have good muscle meat distribution and make good table birds. They are known for their longevity.
Old English Chickens are known for their flighty and aggressive nature, and they have a tendency to return to the wild if given the opportunity. They are strong fliers and can be quite noisy, but they are also good at avoiding predators and do well in free-range environments. They are tough and hardy birds that can withstand a range of temperatures. Multiple males should not be kept together, as they are prone to fighting.
The Standard Old English Chicken breed dates back to before the 1st century A.D., and they were originally bred for hardiness and longevity, with gameness (courage and indomitable spirit) as an admirable trait. APA recognition varies by variety, with some admitted to the American Standard of Perfection and others not yet recognized.
Valley Hatchery also offers Old English Chickens in bantam varieties.