- The Old English Bantam originated in England and were raised for cock fighting, a cheap sport that anyone could get involved in. The sport was banned in 1849 and today the birds are raised for exhibition. The upright appearance and confidence in this breed sets it apart and makes it noticeable. Our Old English Bantam Assortment includes many different colors including the Crete, Blue, Barred, Red Pyle, B.B. Red and Silver Duck Wing.