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The sport was popular in ancient times in India, China, Persia, and other Eastern countries and was introduced into Ancient Greece in the time of Themistocles (c. For a long time the Romans affected to despise this "Greek diversion", but they ended up adopting it so enthusiastically that the agricultural writer Columella (1st century AD) complained that its devotees often spent their whole patrimony in betting at the side of the pit."it is not known whether these birds made much contribution to the modern domestic fowl.The history of raising fowl for fighting goes back 6,000 years.The first documented use of the word gamecock, denoting use of the cock as to a "game", a sport, pastime or entertainment, was recorded in 1634, after the term "cock of the game" used by George Wilson, in the earliest known book on the sport of cockfighting in The Commendation of Cocks and Cock Fighting in 1607.Cocks possess congenital aggression toward all males of the same species.Cocks are given the best of care until near the age of two years.
There it is mostly fought naked heel and either three rounds of twenty minutes with a gap of again twenty minutes or four rounds of fifteen minutes each and a gap of fifteen minutes between them. It is a seasonal sport, held only during the coolest months of the year (November to April).
A cockspur is a bracelet (often made of leather) with a curved, sharp spike which is attached to the leg of the bird.
The spikes typically range in length from "short spurs" of just over an inch to "long spurs" almost two and a half inches long.
Male and female chickens of such a breed are referred to as game fowl.
The comb and wattle are cut off in order to meet show standards of the American Gamefowl Society and to prevent freezing in colder climates (the standard emerged from the older practice of severing the comb, wattles, and earlobes of the bird in order to remove anatomical vulnerabilities, similar to the practice of docking a dog's tail and ears ).
The feathers of the chest, hackle and thighs are generally shorn completely off.