Indian Game    
     
These are large stocky birds. They have a nice temperament and come in a range of colours.

The males may reach 5kg- 6kg. Body conformation is the same in both sexes. On average Indian Game produce 160-180 eggs per annum. Our experience is less, approx 120 - 150.

I have crossed indian game with La Bresse hens and got a really nice, large table bird.
     
  History

Indian Game birds are bred in Cornwall and have been since the 19th century. They are sometimes referred to as Cornish.

They prefer to live where the climate is mild. The bird descends from an Asil, an Indian breed of bird whose name means aristocratic. Although the bird looks fierce and stout it has never been used as a fighting bird.

They were and still are very popular due to their very large proportion of breast meat.

They are used for cross breeding purposes for their meat.

Although called Indian Game they are not classed as game at exhibition standard. The shortness of the legs and the increased width of the bird is something that has been developed over this century. Earlier birds had longer legs.

Crossbreeds of this bird are what we find in our supermarket shelves today.
     
Varieties

Standard colours for this bird are dark, jubilee and blue laced. The plumage on the females gives a very elegant look.

The feathers are hard, close and double laced.
The cock bird in dark colour does not have the lacing but a beetle green shine on his back feathers.
The jubilee has white where the dark has black and the females again are well laced.

The blue laced is the most attractive of the three. It has blue where the dark has black.
Over the breastbone there usually is an area with no feathers. The eyes are pale red or pearl. The earlobes are red and the legs are orange or yellow.