The Modern Game breed of chicken are valued primarily as show chickens. Originating in England around 1850 - 1900, Modern Games were developed with much attention focusing on enhancing the breed aesthetically. Cockfighting was outlawed in mid 19th century, hence a lot of breeders turned to show chickens as an alternative poultry hobby. This is why the Modern Game typifies the aesthetic appeal of the gamecock.
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A cross between Malays and Old English produced the Modern Game breed. Although categorized as game chickens, these chickens are not bred to fight at all.
An elegant breed with a tiny frame, the Modern Game only excels as an ornamental chicken and fail in the rest - not very good at laying eggs, as well as not a good source of meat as evidenced by its build. Temperament wise though, these chickens are naturally curious and are very tamed. Large fowls weigh between 5 - 9 pounds, while bantams between 16 - 22 ounces. Of the two, the bantam version is actually the one most fancied by poultry fanciers.