Indian Game Large Fowl (Dark and Jubilee).
The origin of Indian Game
The exact makeup of Indian Game is not really known, although there is little doubt that they are made up from Malays, Aseels and Old English Game. Indian / Cornish did in fact originate in Cornwall. Legend has it that they were brought over by phoenician tin traders. Whilst the breeds that make up the Indian Game were traditionaly used as fighting birds, today Indian Game are most certainly not fighting birds, it's not really in their nature.
They were developed for their breast meat producing qualities, something which other breeds can never equal in either quantity or quality. They subsequently have often been crossed with Light Susex, New Hampshire Red, Salmon Faverolle and other breeds to produce commercial viable meat birds. In my opinion nothing will beat the taste of pure bred Indian Game.
Indian Game are not the easiest of birds to breed, to get a show quality bird takes time and patience. You can tell the best quality bird for showing as soon as it hatches, that maybe 1 in 100 birds.
Above left photo taken at Southport and Ormskirk Bantam Society Annual Open Show 2nd November 2019. He is my 2018 homebred Cock that is to be used for year 2020 breeding. He was 1st in his class.
Jubilee and Dark
Are often interbred producing either pure Jubilee or Dark Indian Game. This is usually done to keep markings on birds nice and sharp which stops the chestnut on the Jubilee fading to white or the dark going to black.