The o.e.g. is a very ancient breed that descended mostly, but not completely, for the red jungle fowl (gallus bankiva) which is still found in the wild in many parts of the world. some of the varieties include the black breasted red, brown red, golden and silver duckwings, red pyle, black, white, spangled, and blue. they are a small, tightly feathered, "ornamental" fowl, white skinned, layers of white, or lightly tinted eggs, with usualy yellow or olive colored legs, though i have seen them with pearl colored legs as well.
the rooster were used for cock-fighting in the ancient times. the oeg is probebly the first breed of chicken developed in early brittain. though once used for fighting, they are now mostly maintained by collectors and fanciers, due to the fact that the sporthas been outlawed in many countries.
OEG,s are very hardy and exelent foragers. the hens quite often go broody, and make exelent mothers. in most cases, the mature males need to be isolated from each other, or they will fight till one or the other is dead. as a norm, most of the males had their combs and wattles removed (dubbed), wich made him look more feirce, and made his head less of a target to his apponent. by u.s. standards, it is still necessery to dub them for show.
this is just a start. untill next time.......see ya!