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American Game

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Pros: Great mothers,Great free rangers,and protective

Cons: Roosters are agressive towards each other

I've had them since I could crawl.They where my first birds and will be my last birds!The roosters and hens are very protective of the chicks and they will fight off any predator four-legged or two-legged.You can't beat them for free rangers or broodys.The only thing is you have to seperate the stags at about6 months or you'll end up with one or two less birds!

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Pros: Beauty, Variety, Good Free Ranger.

Cons: Reputation and Public Opinion

The American Game is a wonderful breed of bird. They are beautiful and they come in many different colors.  For color and beauty they deserve a five star.  But there are some cons to owning them.  The biggest con is what other people think about you when they find out you are raising Gamefowl.  Everyone seems to have an opinion on this subject and most of them are pretty radical.  Say the word American Game in a crowded room and you just might start a fight.  Some people wouldn't take an American Game if you gave it to them, while other's value them so high as to ask $500 for a trio of birds. And there are people who will pay it!

 

All opinions aside, it is just a chicken. Just like with any other breed of chicken, you will have birds with different attitudes.  Some will be more aggressive then others, but not all are this way. In fact today, the breed seems to be calming down a little because breeders are not targeting the aggressive gene. Most people now days raise them for their beauty.  Yes, they do lay eggs, but they are not the best layers.  As far a meat quality goes, they are edible, but they are very thin birds that won't put on weight no matter how much you feed them and there are much more tastier breeds of chickens you could raise.

 

The biggest pro, aside from their beauty, is there free ranging and predator evasion ability.  The American Game has very large wings compared to other chicken breeds.  Because they are not heavy birds, this gives them the ability to fly extremely well.  I have seen birds fly two hundreds yards and glide to the ground over the last fifty yards.  They will range far and wide if given room and can fly all the way home if chased by a predator.

 

They are very broody birds but they are not very good at hatching eggs and raising chicks. Most are very determined brooders and will go months being broody until they get a nest of eggs. This is a bad thing because hens will literally fight over a nest of eggs and they will not lay eggs while being broody. Some claim to have good success with them as mothers, but my experience has been pretty bad. Last year I gave six American Game hens a dozen eggs each to hatch out.  None of them hatch more then five of the twelve eggs.  None of the chicks that I let the hens raise survived to adulthood.  

 

 

The bottom line is that if you are looking for some good yard art or eye candy, you might like the American Game.  As with any other breed, you cannot paint the whole breed with a single brush. Each bird is different.  They above comments are from my own personal experience raising over one hundred American Game birds for the last two years in a totally free-range environment on a ten-acre farm.  I am sure that you might get different results in a different more controlled environment. 

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Pros: Hardy, Easy to handle, Great free rangers, Protective mothers, lay well, medium sized eggs, broody often and roosters are protective of the young.

Cons: Roosters are aggressive towards one another.

American Gamefowl are one of the most historical birds in America's history. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln were some of the most important people in America's history and they also owned American Gamefowl. 

 

This breed is arguably the most varied breed of all chickens. American Games can come in any color possible in the chicken spectrum. The roosters can be multi-colored showing colors from red,gold,white, and black all on the same bird.

 

The hens lay well during the breeding season with an egg every day or every other day. They go broody often and are the best mothers out of any chicken breed. Hens and Roosters will fight off any predator four legged or two in order to save their young. On cold winter days you will find the rooster will chics under his wings as they roost for the night ready to pounce on any animal.

 

The roosters are some of the most docile chickens towards their owners. They are very flighty when not exposed to human contact often and very rarely will you find one willing to flog a human. With that said there are bad apples in every group. Roosters are commonly kept on tie chords or in their own pen since they will try to attack any rooster of any breed that gets near him or his ladies.

 

In conclusion the American Game is one of the best breeds if not the best breed of chickens to own. Every chicken owner should have one in there flock whether it be a rooster or a hen.

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Pros: just overall beauty heat smart protective

Cons: none

I know they come in all colors and appear to be the bird! I would like to know more about these game fowl. Do u have to breed to one color to get that color? do they come variety out of each hatching? Im intreaged.

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Pros: Smart, fantastic mothers, handsome stags.

Cons: The crowing can be irritating..

I fell into a "nest" of game birds when I moved my horse to a private residence stable 5 years ago. OH MY GOODNESS, I love the birds as much as my horse. They were not being taken care of properly and I took over their care. I spend alot of time talking to them and just standing in their aviary when I go to feed and clean. Once they realize you mean them not harm, the hens will talk to you which I find so nice. Hard to catch, but once you do catch them, they are just sweet and friendly.
Game hens with their chicks have to be the bestest thing EVER! They do guard those chicks with their life and heaven help you if you get too close. I have seen mama keep her chicks till they were as big as her and it is hysterical to watch 6-7 almost full grown chicks all try to squeeze under mama.
SO glad I am able to get up close and personnal with these birds.

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I'm in processs of getting some more american game chickens.  But, I'm having a hard time picking between some redfox greys and Penny Hatches.  I've raised redfox greys before and loved them.  Any suggestions.

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Pros: Good mothers, smart, good free rangers

Cons: roosters can be aggressive with other roosters, hens can be a handfull

My cluster of american game although small is a joy to have. My rooster (bossman) is a pro at waking you up in the morning with his crowing. He is sweet and loving, but from a distance. He is still on the fence between loving being petted and getting grumpy over it. He is very protective of his hens, but occasionally starts trouble with my other rooster (siren). Siren is an older rooster and hes my little police officer breaking up fights with the hens and with bossman when he causes trouble. They are free range part time. I allow them out in the garden and to romp around each day but they come back to their coop at night. My hens are a joy Penelope is a true sweetheart she loves attention and is very polite. Blackberry is friendly but has a tendency to get grumpy especially over her favorite corn. :) Betty, she complains...alot. Shes the most vocal of all the girls and if Siren doesnt pay her attention she throws a fit. Last but not least is Itty Bitty, she is very timid and shy, even moreso then Penelope. 

Its true when they say each bird has its own personality. They are like a show to watch out in the garden. I do notice though that since blackberry is currently having her first laying episode. She is less friendly, more vocal then the others and very broody. Penelope is close behind with her. Penelope Bossman and Blackberry are all about 6 months old. Siren Betty and Itty Bitty are older and the hens are past their laying. I will mention ( i dont know if this is normal or not) but Bossman coming into maturity was an adventure all of its own. For a couple weeks he was less friendly. Almost borderline aggressive with his hens pushing them out of the way and being an overall jerk. Now though hes back to his normal docile self again. 

These birds are amazing to own and easy to take care of, not to mention such a fun experience getting to know each personality. I would definitely recommend these to other first time bird owners like myself. 

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Pros: very good protecters,very sweet,very good with children

Cons: noisy,can't get any more roosters:(

my rosco is a very good protecter of the hens he is  very smart and very sweet the only thing is I can  not get any more roosters though.

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Pros: They are majestic, proud and hardy

Cons: Never did have anything bad

The American gamefowl was my first fowl and I had them for eight years. Sadly I had to get rid of them but my time with them was worth every second.

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Pros: Great foragers, seem to put on weight really well, have lovely colors, and lay fairly well

Cons: If not raised together, they will very likely fight.

I have to say that games are one of my favourite chicken breeds.  If you work with them, you can train them to fly upon your arm or shoulder.  Some of them will even talk to you. They seem to do well with other chickens- you just need to monitor them with new game birds.   Usually  if they're all free-ranging, they behave.  I really like how great they are at foraging and putting/ keeping on weight.  They are more flighty, but if you've got a bit of land (like 1/2 to 3/4 of an acre), they'll be just fine or you can just clip a wing. 

American Game
Description:

American games were created by the various European, and Oriental games that were brought into our country by our forefathers. They bred them specifically for cockfighting, leaving us the birds we have today. Cockfighting is a large part of our heritage, like it is in many other countries around the world, but due to recent law changes, these beautiful birds are becoming more popular as an ornamental, or show fowl. There are organizations, like the American Gamefowl Society, that have standards for showing these birds, just as the APA does, and many people are starting to breed these birds for this, instead of the pit, but in the same time keeping the gameness that makes them what they are. The American gamefowl is broken down into strains, unlike most other fowl. Some of the more popular strains are Hatch, Kelso, Albany, Sweater, Whitehackle, Claret, Roundhead, and Butcher. Strain names originated from people that performed well in the pits, with the birds they made themselves through selective breeding. Strains are also broken down further by other breeders who did well with a particular strain, which in turn had a version of that strain named after them. A good example of this would be the Kelso fowl. The original Kelso was named after Walter Kelso, but one of the most well known breeders that did well with them was Johnny Jumper. This is where the Jumper line of Kelso originated. Most strains have several well-known bloodlines that other breeders have made famous. I know it sounds confusing, but these are all considered American games, but they have been broken down further based on their performance in the pits. Now days, most of the originators of these lines are long gone, but they are still called by these names, and an experienced gamefowl enthusiast knows that if they have a certain strain, it will have the correct look, and performance attributes of the original line it was named after. A few more examples of this are: Marsh Butchers, named after Phil Marsh; Sweaters, named after Herman “Sweater” McGinnis, who got his nickname from one day in 1926, the temperature dropped considerably, and Herman McGinnis was seen wearing a red knit sweater with buttons down the front. The bottom went to his knees like a dress, and the sleeves were rolled up to elbows and were bunched up as big as a football. About all you could see was a face, two hands, and two feet sticking out of a red sweater. Immediately people around him would say, " Come here, Sweater” and the name just stuck; Lacy Roundheads, named after Judge Ernest Lacy. There are also other strains that their names came from certain circumstances, or a particular color. Some examples of these would be: ****** Roundheads due to their dark feathering; Whitehackles got their name from being a red hackled fowl that if you lifted the hackle feathers, they were white underneath; Bumblefoot Grey fowl got their name from their color, and how these birds were raised in a very rocky area, and showed up at the pits with damaged feet from this on a regular basis. As you can see, there are many different strains of American games, and I only touched on a very small percentage of the most well known ones, but this should give you more of an understanding on how the different strains were created.

Details:
DetailValue
Breed PurposeOrnamental
CombPea
BroodinessFrequent
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeMedium
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentAggressive,Easily handled,Bears confinement well,Noisy
Breed Colors/VarietiesAlmost any color imaginable.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA Class
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Comb: Pea and Straight
Broodiness: Frequent
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: White

Breed Temperament:

Aggressive,Easily handled,Bears confinement well,

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Almost any color imaginable.

Breed Details:

The American Game's comb can be found as pea and single comb with combinations of each. They are also some of the hardiest birds that you will ever come across and in my opinion, by far the most beautiful. They are known most for being excellent flyers, very good foragers, and you can't beat them for broodiness. All of these traits make them an excellent choice for free ranging, until the stags come of age, then they will need to be separated, as they will fight to the death defending their territory. This is something that is part of their nature, being a game breed, and there is nothing you can do to them that will change this unless you start mixing non-game breeds into them, and even then it doesn't mean you will not still have this issue to deal with. This is why you see many people keep mature cocks on tethers attached to barrels, as it is a great way to keep them separated, and at the same time, allow them to move around enough to keep them happy and healthy. It is also common practice to dub cocks tight to the head, and remove the ear lobes and wattles as well. This practice was originally done for fighting purposes, but now it is done for purely aesthetic reasons. Hens lay a medium sized white or cream colored egg. And lay mid-Spring to late Summer, but some will continue until early Fall. As a rule, Games are normally easily handled birds, and are a joy to own. I highly recommend at least a pair of these birds in every yard. -Written by CUDA, and DTchickens. Adult male, hen, chicks, and adolescents provided by CUDA, main image provided by prariechicken, eggs provided by danschickens.

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