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American Game Bantams

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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

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Pros: Beutiful Birds!

Cons: Rooster Very mean and agressave.

I had one of these birds he was mean! He poped my Grandmas leg if that tell you anything!

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Pros: Come in beautiful colors with spectacular tails, hardy birds that are resistent to disease, helps preserve America's game heritage in miniature

Cons: Must be dubbed to be shown, males cannot be kept together past six months of age.

Competitive breed have always had an appeal to me. The spirit and pride they have really shows through. I find this with our retired greyhounds, as I do with my American Game Bantams (AGBs). Both stand tall and at attention, ready for anything. I searched around some time for just the right breed. I tried Japanese because I prefer tall tails to horizontal tails, but they didn’t stick. I tried Buckeye bantams because I liked the idea of having an American breed, especially one developed in the state of my birth, but they didn’t stick either.

 

By then, I’d discovered the American Game. I was first attracted by all the Pumpkin Hulseys out there on eBay and for sale elsewhere. I loved the color, but also the proud look and the fantastic arching tails. But I wanted something smaller. That’s when I started to look at the AGBs in Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds (there is one on the back cover) and started to ask around. I got my first AGBs in 2011 and, at that point, my search for a breed ended. They are gracefully curved, have a confident stance and the hens lay quite well, especially compared to the other breeds in the bantam game classes. One does have to set up more and smaller coops than you might have to with a more communal breed, but it’s been well worth it, in my opinion. American Game Bantams are a breed that is both powerful and elegant, and well worth having.  

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Pros: VERY PROTECTIVE of his girls and SO pretty to look at, and is very docile 99% of the time.

Cons: Trying to think of one....

I got my "Pharow" at a horse stables as a week old chick. What a surprize package he turned out to be! I knew he was gamey but had no idea how beautiful he would turn out to be! Unsure of his exact breeding but like they say a picture is worth a thousand words. He has blue/gray legs and had a pea comb. I had him dubbed as the comb flopped over in his eye and game birds just look better [in my opinion] with out a comb. p.s. I sparred him once with a guys roo and he can sure KICK ***! The guy was carrying on about how good his bird was, so I just had to one up him. OH and here is the clincher, my boy only has ONE LEG! He lost his right leg below the hock in a freak accident but gets around just fine..... Here is Pharow... I LOVE MY BOY!

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Pros: Courageous, very pretty, roosters very protective of hens.

Cons: Not the bird for kids, My roosters would attack anyone they thought were after them or their girls

Though my daughter wouldn't go near this breed (we had 5 beautiful roosters), I really liked them.

One was more docile, but the others were more flighty and aggressive. The most aggressive one was my favorite.

He would attack my shoes or hands, but once I picked him up and he knew I was not a threat, he was calm and relaxed. I could carry him around and he would coo. A totally different bird when I picked him up and gently stroked him.  Unfortunately, I lost him to a hawk. The hawk was after a much bigger hen, and my little American Game Bantam Rooster came to her rescue. He saved her, but lost his life.

American Game Bantams
Description:

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.

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DetailValue
Breed PurposeOrnamental
BroodinessFrequent
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeSmall
Egg ColorWhite to Ivory
Breed Temperament
Breed Colors/Varieties
Breed SizeBantam
APA/ABA ClassGame Bantam
Climate Tolerance
Comb
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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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