Valley Hatchery’s White Standard Old English Chicks are a captivating breed, acclaimed for their pure white feathers and single comb. Acknowledged by the American Standard of Perfection since 1938, they bring a classic elegance to any flock.
These birds are small, tightly feathered, and exhibit a remarkable level of hardiness and vigor. The males, particularly those bred for show, undergo dubbing — the removal of comb and wattles — to enhance their appearance for exhibition purposes. Despite not being particularly known for their egg-laying prowess, the hens are fairly productive, laying about 120 white eggs per year. One of the most notable traits of this breed is its longevity, with a lifespan of approximately 15 years.
The White Old English have a distinctive personality, characterized by a somewhat flighty and aggressive nature. They are strong fliers and can be vocal, but their agility and alertness make them adept at avoiding predators, especially in free-range environments. These chickens can adapt to various temperature conditions, proving their resilience. It’s advisable to avoid keeping multiple males together due to their tendency to fight.
Additionally, Valley Hatchery provides these chickens in bantam varieties, offering a smaller, equally charming version of this breed. Their ornamental value, combined with good muscle meat distribution, makes them not only a beautiful addition to any poultry collection but also practical as table birds. The White Standard Old English Chicks are an excellent choice for those seeking a breed that offers both beauty and robustness.