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American Game Bantams


Pros: Excellent parents, best freerangers, low-maintenance, beautiful

Cons: Cold weather tolerance, too small for meat/egg production

These birds are absolutely incredible parents and the hens are efficient when it comes to brooding and raising young.


They don't eat much and can get 99% of it by free ranging.  A little overzealous when it comes to territory but I like having these birds around.


Pros: Beautiful, loving, and can get attached to you.

Cons: Roosters don't like others at first, but after awhile they get along, with occasional spats. Typical with any breed of rooster.

Excellent breed. Mine is very friendly, especially for a rooster. He loves to be held, follows me wherever I go. He has the best personality, he even chills and looks around in the car or when I ride my bike. I just hold him under my arm and he seems to be enjoying himself. :weee I'd be a wreck without my American Game Rooster, Skittles. (His picture is my profile pic!):D



Pros: Gaurd their flock with diginity and pride, warn flock of every seen or noticed danger, is loyal to its 'feeder"/ owener

Cons: Can be very aggresive with any other roosters, can pick on hens from other flocks

American Game Bantams are the first type of chicken I ever owned and I am proud to say American Game Bantams are one of the best breed of bird.

 I noticed that before I started writing this there was a 75% good review rating, and I found that preposterous! These chickens need more positive reviews. Thats why I'm here; to say these chickens are awesome!


Pros: Active,Beautiful,compasionate,Nice alarm clock.

Cons: CAN be agressive to others.

I had one of these funny things when I was ...Maybe 5? And this thing was my pet HE would let me hug him and hold him,sometimes I even pulled him in my wagon:lol:!Funniest thing is:When my grandma came over,(his name was KFC) this thing circled her car waiting for her to come out!And I always had to come out and put him in the back yard.He was a lovable guy,very healthy and was a great rooster to his hen (we just had 2) I would love to have one of the crazy but cute breeds again!Highly recommended for an overall AMAZING CHICKEN!


So if any one is wondering:

The hens name was:Guess what?POPEYE and yes,we mean the other well know fast food chicken restaurant I'll have a review on her soon i believe she was a amber white.


Like my review?P.M. Me your questions or comments it really makes me feel appreciated here at BYC I'll answer the/Your P.M. soon:) 


Pros: Super foragers, wonderful mothers, super hardy, independent

Cons: cant find any

I just wrote all about my first two Game bird Mix hens on the American Game breed heading, didn't realize that they weren't talking about bantam breed! I will try to repeat what i wrote there but have had these hens for almest 4 years now, they are still healthy and going strong. They raised their first brood of chicks together. Not their first but the first they had since coming to live with me. 
An excellent durable, loveable bird.


Pros: great mums, lay quite alot of eggs, wide range of colour, great weeders, can be free range, great beginner chickens

Cons: they can be flighty at first to pick up, rats/birds of prey/raccons might try and kill them, do not like dogs

I own only 2 at the moment and they are silver Dutch bantams, we keep them in with our partridge pekin bantam cockerel. They have 2 chicks that are 6 weeks old now and they are a cross between dutch bantam and pekin bantams.


Pros: They can be sweet, Great alarm clock, And great color

Cons: Very loud, The males some times will fight

They are great little birds, They are a calm rooster and a calm pet, they are a little flighty. If you free range they are very small so something can pick your chicken up faster. But I 100% would buy another bird like this they are great birds!!! :)


Pros: Very friendly, Gentle, Loving

Cons: None

I currently own one bantam american game hen, she is a silver laced girl, she is the bride of my flock, which i have over 16 birds of different breeds and she is by far my favorite, she likes to be held, super friendly, very nice to the rest of the flock, awesome mother, great layer (i get an egg a day even in the winter).  


Pros: Tame & friendly as chicks, lay good quality eggs

Cons: Peck a lot, unfriendly & shy, eat a lot

6 months ago, I got 4 american game bantam chicks. 1 died because it was too weak. After a few days of owning them, I tried to tame them by putting some chick feed on my hand. They were a bit nervous, but after a few seconds they began eating. One of the chicks didn't eat for the first 2 days. After that, the chick began eating from my hand. Soon, there were some problems. 2 of them were roosters! The other one was a hen (the one that didn't eat from my hand immediately). I found myself a theory that lasted FOR A WHILE was that roosters were friendlier and hens were more shy.


A month later, 1 rooster died and I got 5 more chicks (still american game bantam). 1 escaped the brooder and was lost, 1 died 5 months later. THEY WERE ALL ROOSTERS! Few weeks ago, the hen layed her first egg. Now, she lays 1 egg every 3 days. The eggs are delicious! :thumbsup



Now, things have changed. The hen is still shy like when she was a chick, the rooster has definitely changed. He was the tamest chick of the 9. Now, he is the most unfriendly. He pecks me and chases the other roosters. The other 3, however, haven't changed. They were all tame, and now they are still tame, but not as much as before.


Overall, not a very good breed for pets, but just depends on the individual birds.

American Game Bantams

Unlike many of the bantams you may see listed here, American Game Bantams (AGBs) are distinct from their namesake large fowl counterparts in that the bantams are an accepted breed by the major breed organizations while the large fowl counterparts are not. AGBs owe this to the work of Frank Gary of New Jersey, who worked with the ABA in the 1940s to develop a standard breed predominantly using bantam game birds (now referred to as either "pit bantams" or "mini-games") with Red Jungle Fowl bred in to improve hackle and saddle feather length and other show qualities. Thus the original variety of AGB was the Black Breasted Red (BBR). Unfortunately, it does not appear that the AGBs available today are descended from Frank Gary's lines. Currently, there are 12 accepted varieties of AGBs, but two of these are only accepted by the ABA. Varieties currently accepted by the APA are Birchen, Black, BBR, Blue, Blue Red, Brown Red, Golden Duckwing, Red Pyle, Silver Duckwing, and White. Brassy Back and Wheaten are listed in the ABA only, although Quail was apparently accepted at one time, but no one seems to know how it was replaced by Brassy Back. My experience has been that these are very vigorous birds, forage well, and are good fliers. AGB hens tend to be much better layers than other game bantams, which is partly attributable to their greater weight compared to Old English Game Bantams (OEGBs) and Modern Game Bantams (MGBs). AGB cocks average 30 ounces and hens at 27 ounces and should have a more substantial feel to them. As with OEGBs and MGBs, they are required to be dubbed for show, but in manner similar to OEGBs (high dub) rather than MGBs. Males should be well feathered with long, wiry hackle and saddle feathers that spill out over the shoulders and back and should have a tail held at a 50 degree angle with long sickle feathers that form a semi-cardioid (half heart) shape - a defining characteristic of the breed! Tails should be well spread on females. Feathering should be hard in the manner of game fowl. The birds should have a graceful, upright stance and carry themselves with pride so they have, as close as possible, the shape and carriage of large fowl American Games (scaled down, of course). As many lines of AGBs have recent infusions of large fowl games, they are very aggressive towards other AGBs and other game breeds (but not humans), but can generally be kept in communal grow-out pens until six months. After that, males must be kept separate. Females can also be aggressive among themselves and may even have tiny spurs, but will generally accept other pullets/hens after they "work things out". They can go broody easily, but my experience is that they tend to want to stay on unhatched eggs rather take care of the chicks they've hatched. AGBs are listed as "Not Common" in the ABA standard, but I have trouble understanding why. They are everything you'd want in a bantam and then some: active, brave, disease resistant, good layers, graceful and beautiful. Consider keeping a trio.

Breed PurposeOrnamental
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeSmall
Egg ColorWhite to Ivory
Breed Temperament
Breed Colors/Varieties
Breed SizeBantam
APA/ABA ClassGame Bantam
Climate Tolerance
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Show/ornamental

Comb: Strait, 'high' dubbed in males

Broodiness: Broody

Climate Tolerance: Hardy when dubbed


General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Fair to good, 5/week but seasonal

Egg Size: small

Egg Color: white to ivory tinted


Breed Temperament:

Aggressive to other birds of the same gender, rarely aggressive to humans


Breed Colors / Varieties:

Official: Birchen, Black, Blue, Black Breasted Red, Blue Red, Brassy Back, Brown Red, Golden Duckwing, Red Pyle, Silver Duckwing, Wheaten, and White. Also known in Quale, Red Quill, and blue versions of standard varieties (Blue Golden Duckwings is featured on the back cover of Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds).




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