Breed Profile: Cornish Chicken

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 17 July 2020

Cornish chicken in backyard

The Cornish Chicken is known as the Indian Game in its native county of Cornwall in England, United Kingdom.  Cornish chickens, as well as crosses of Cornishes, are the most-used breeds in the chicken meat industry. It is a large, stocky breed. There are two varieties, the Cornish Game and the Jubilee Cornish Game.


  • Origin: Cornwall in England, United Kingdom
  • Size2.5-3.8 kg
  • Bantam Size: 1.5-2 kg
  • Rarity: Common
  • Purpose: Bred for their meat producing qualities

Colour varieties include: White, white laced red, dark birds with brown patterning on a dark blue-green background (the Cornish Game) or lighter birds with the same patterning on a light wheaten background (Jubilee Cornish Game).


  • Small and Brown
  • 160-180 Eggs Average Annually


The Cornish Game is dark blue - green in color, with brown patterning on the hens. Jubilee Cornish Game are much lighter, and less stocky than their counterparts.


  • Hardy in Winter: Yes
  • Especially Docile: No
  • Personality: Though aggressiveness is a common characteristic they are relatively easy to handle and make good mothers

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