Australian Game

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History

The Australian game were developed by crossing Australian Pit Games, Old English Games, Malays, and Asil. Originally, called Colonials, they were highly prized as they possessed great courage and stamina in the pit, yet gentle and tame towards their owners. Due to the Malay infusion they were quite leggy for fighting, and at the time, the craze in the British chicken fraternity was for long legged birds such as the Modern Game and Langshan. With the infusion of the Modern Games the Australian Game was created.

The body of the Australian Game should be cone shaped, with no hint of flatness in the wings or wedginess in the breast. Unlike the Malay Game, they should have a flat back. The feathering is exceptionally hard and close fitting, with a minimum of down. They should be a balanced fowl, with nice proportions and massive size. Bantams have also been developed in a range of colours.


Australian Standard

This very tall, large and rugged breed was developed over the second half of the nineteenth century in New South Wales. Originally called Colonial Game, they developed from a variety of crosses of Pit Game, Malay Game, Modern Game and Old English Game. The breed was not strictly a fancier's creation as "Colonials" were considered an ideal farmer's fowl, especially for the production of table poultry. Today Australian Game are kept purely as an exhibition breed by their admirers. Bantams of the breed have been created over the last 25 years and have a strong following.


Male Characteristics

CARRIAGE - upright and fearless. An active and vigorous bird.

TYPE - Body short, stout, widest at the shoulders, tapering to the tail. Back flat, shoulders high and square. Breast hard and full (not turkey breasted). Saddle hackle short. Wings strong, fair length, well clipped up.

HEAD - Long and strong. Beak strong, slightly curved, stout at the base. Comb pea or triple (if undubbed). The comb not to grow further back than an upright line with the back of the eye. Face, ear-lobes and throat fairly smooth. Eyebrows slightly overhanging.

NECK - Long and slightly arched. Hackle short and close fitting.

TAIL - Moderate in length, slightly above horizontal and carried moderately full. The sickle feathers fairly abundant and slightly curved.

PLUMAGE - Sound, glossy and hard.

LEGS - Thighs long, stout and muscular. Shanks long and well scaled. Spurs set low down and inclining backwards.

FEET - Flat on ground with toes strong and well spread, the hind toe well extended and flat on the ground.


Female Characteristics

The hen should resemble the male in all points except size, allowing for the natural sexual differences.


Colours

NOTE: The score card indicates no points for colour of Australian Game. The following are descriptions to which exhibition specimens should generally conform. On the show bench, birds of superior style, type, feather quality and condition should be sought by the judge.


Weights

Cock 4.10-5.45kg (9 - 12lb)

Hen 4.10-4.55kg (9 - 10lb)


BANTAMS

Male 1255-1580g (44 - 56 oz)

Female 1020-1255g (36 - 44 oz)
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