Rumpless Game fowl

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Manx Rumpy
Other names
  • Rumpless Game
  • Persian Rumpless
Country of origin United Kingdom
  • Male: Standard: 2.3–2.7 kg
    Bantam: 620–740 g
  • Female: Standard: 1.8–2.3 kg
    Bantam: 510–620 g
Egg color tinted[1]
Comb type single
PCGB rare hard feather[2]

The Rumpless Game[3] is a British breed of tail-less chicken.[4] It may have originated on the Isle of Man[5] and may thus be known as the Manx Rumpy.[6] There are both standard-sized and bantam Rumpless Game.[1]


The Rumpless Game, like all other tail-less breeds such as the Araucana and the Barbu d'Everberg, lacks the uropygium from which the tail grows.[1][7] It is a hard-feathered breed, with a single comb and small wattles and earlobes. All colours are acceptable under the standard of the Poultry Club of Great Britain.[8]

Rumpless Game males weigh 2.3–2.7 kilograms (5–6 lb) and hens 1.8–2.3 kg (4–5 lb).[1]

In the United States[edit]

The British breed has never been imported to the United States.[9] In 1958 some tail-less birds of Iranian origin were crossed with other breeds to produce an approximation of the British type, and the name "Manx Rumpy" applied to them,[9] perhaps by analogy with the tail-less Manx cat.[6] The Livestock Conservancy recommends that they be called "Persian Rumpless".[9] They are not recognised by the American Poultry Association.[8] They are good layers of brown eggs, and may also occasionally lay white, blue, or green eggs.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Victoria Roberts (2008). British poultry standards: complete specifications and judging points of all standardized breeds and varieties of poultry as compiled by the specialist breed clubs and recognised by the Poultry Club of Great Britain. Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 9781405156424. p.258–60.
  2. ^ Breed Classification. Poultry Club of Great Britain. Accessed August 2014.
  3. ^ Gurdon, Martin. (December 13, 2003) The Daily Telegraph Clucky little things. Martin Gurdon explains how to keep your hens healthy over winter. Section: Weekend: Country. Page 17.
  4. ^ Liste des races et variétés homologuée dans les pays EE (28.04.2013). Entente Européenne d’Aviculture et de Cuniculture. Archived 16 June 2013.
  5. ^ British Association for the Advancement of Science (1871) Report.
  6. ^ a b c Ekarius, Carol (2007). Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds. North Adams, MA, US: Storey Publishing. pp. 190–191. ISBN 978-1-58017-667-5. 
  7. ^ Wright, Lewis (1891). The Book of Poultry. London: Cassell and Company. p. 454. 
  8. ^ a b Graham, Chris (2006). Choosing and Keeping Chickens. 2-4 Heron Quays London E14 4JP: Octopus Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7938-0601-0. 
  9. ^ a b c Manx Rumyp or Persian Rumpless Chicken. The Livestock Conservancy. Accessed August 2014.