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Indian/Cornish Game

A breed of chicken developed in Cornwall and evolving from original Asiatic breeds. The breed was exhibited at the Crystal Palace show of 1858, but wasn't widely seen outside Cornwall until the late 1800's. the Indian/Cornish Game became a highly valued table bird, not as purebreds, being too slow growing and heavy boned (even for those times), but rather for crossing with breeds such as the Dorking and Sussex. Its commercial popularity has since seriously declined, and it's now listed as 'vulnerable' by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

It's considered a heavy breed with low longevity, and has a broad powerful body with prominent shoulders set on strong thick legs. The wings are short and close to the body. The pea-type comb is deep red in colour. There are two varieties - the 'Dark Indian Game' and the 'Jubilee Indian Game'. The dark variety has rich mahogany feathering with a bottle green tint and a chestnut or bay centre mark. The Jubilee cock birds have white feathers with bay or chestnut shafts and markings while the females are somewhat darker in colour. The cock birds average 3,5kg and the hen birds 2.5kg in weight. The hens lay around 75 eggs per year and they're slightly tinted in colour. Pure breeds make good table birds with a large proportion of breast meat. A breeders club can be contacted at - The Rare Poultry Society, Alexandra Cottage, 8 St. Thomas' Road, Great Glen, Leicestershire, LE8 0EG. See 'Rare Breed Survival Trust'

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