My American Game Bantams

By MAllen, Jan 11, 2012 | | |
  1. MAllen
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    [FONT=times new roman,times]My American Game Bantams[/FONT]
    (Note that I will occassionally have hatching eggs and AGB birds for sale, contact me for information)
    I raise American Game Bantams for show. My breeds are Hatch (BB Red), Butcher (Wheaten), Grey (Golden Duckwing). I like AGB's more than the Old English Game Bantams because they are a little larger and retain the traits and characteristics of the larger American Gamefowl from which they came. None of my AGB's have been created by breeding to OEGB's, they were all bred down from full size American Gamefowl through selective breeding. Are they still game? You bet!
    My Black Breasted Reds (Hatch) AGB's came from my friend Michael in Anadarko Oklahoma. This was my first pair. I have them in one of my brood pens and hope to hatch some eggs out of them soon. The cock is full grown and weighs in at 1 pound 15.8 ozs, his spurs are about 2 inches long and he is typical of the Hatch breed, the first time I held him & stroked his neck he bit me! I was so happy to see that in him. The hen is also full grown and weighs 1 pound 5.8 ozs. She may have been a little light on the day I weighed them. Here's a few photos of these birds.

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    [FONT=times new roman,times]My Wheatens (Butcher) came from Mark Rosen in Colorado, I have two pair. These birds are a work in progress. I have two things that I must get right before I can have show birds out of them. The size must be reduced some and I must get the leg color to come blue/slate. In these photos you can see that one hen has the blue/slate legs. The rooster and the other hen have the gene for it. So out of the F1 (first generation chicks) I will be looking for this color in the legs and will only use those chicks for my breeding program. Here are some photos of my wheatens.[/FONT]
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    My Golden Duckwing AGB's are a trio, plus one BB Red hen, that I acquired from Doug Huggins. They have very nice type and color. I plan to use one of the hens to breed down the Law Grey full size gamefowl (also Golden Duckwing) to AGB size starting in the spring of 2010. Late hatched F1 chicks out of this trio should be just about the right size for show. Here's some photos of these beatiful birds.
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    [FONT=times new roman,times]When I read a page like this I wonder about the pens that the chickens are being kept in, so I thought I would include some photos of my brood pens. The first one is made using a 6 x 12 Port-A-Hut to which I have attached a 6 x 8 run. This gives the birds plenty of room, more than enough actually, and in the photos you'll see that I'm using 5 gallon buckets framed to sit up off the ground for nest boxes, these work great! Of course attaching a square run structure to a half circle port-a-hut was a real trick, you'll see how I did that in one of the photos. Here's some pics.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=times new roman,times]This next brood pen is one I built from scratch. My goals were to provide enough room for a breeding trio and to keep it as simple as possible. This brood pen is 4 x 8, that way I could use all treated 2 x 4 x 8 boards, a roll of 4 foot wide chicken wire, and 4 x 8 sheets of 3/8 inch plywood. The front of the roof is raised so that rain runs off the back of the coop, the roofing is 6 foot long barn tin. You can see that I've left a gap between the tin roof and the walls, and that I've covered the gaps with chicken wire. This helps with venting the coop area when it's wet and was just simple to do.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=times new roman,times]Well, I think that just about does it. I'll collect and hatch as many eggs from these brood pens as I can in my Dickey incubator, might sell a few hatching eggs now and then, and will be selectively breeding Hatch, Wheaten, and Golden Duckwing AGB's for the local fairs and shows in and around Claremore Oklahoma. If you're into AGB's, or would like to be, I'd like to hear from you and learn about your chickens! Any questions or comments can be PM'ed to me here on BYC.[/FONT]​
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  1. sierra259
    What are the dimesions for the last brood pen???
  2. prophet
    nice birds please contact me when u have some for sale .il buy chicks if u have any. amail [email protected] cell-340-227-0578
  3. Poultriary
    By the way, those are some nice birds from two of the most reputable breeders. Unfortunately, Doug decided to get almost completely out of the hobby and only keeps one trio for old-times sake. Mark Rosen is really carrying the torch for this breed in terms of competing at national meets. He's a real good guy. He's sending me a bird on Tuesday, a silver duckwing he developed out of his goldens. I'm planning on breeding it to that dun sport pullet and making a fawn silver duckwing.

    I am envious of your pens. They look great, but I'm shy flat spaces on my property.

    I hope you don't mind, but just a quick comment. If you're planning on showing, you'll want to give them a little more of an arch on their dub rather than doing a strait-across cut. It takes a little more finesse, but it looks better because it flows with the arcs of the birds back and tail.
    If anyone needs contact information for the breed club for American Game Bantams, drop me a private message and I'll let you know.
  4. prophet
    i raise bantams here on st.croix,u.s.virgin islands .im seeking a few pairs to buy . do u have any available? my [email protected] pn# 340-692-2238.
  5. Poultriary
    I have Red Quills Mark Rosen created from crossing a Brown-Red over a small Red Quill Roundhead hen. They are currently "welterweights" and I've experimented this summer with crossing them with some Pumpkin "Mini-games" from Rocky Top Game Farm (which, depsite its name is in Mississippi and not Tennessee).
    I will back cross the smallest of these to the the original Rosen Red Quill line, as the hackle length and tail angle both need to be increased. But, I'm real happy with my F1 results on this. These are really active birds with more energy, but less flightiness, than the original birds (although they may be less flighty simply because they were raised by me).

    One of the mini-games I have is a dun (fawn) mutant, so I would like to find a really good silver duckwing cockerel to breed over her to see if I can make some nice fawn silver duckwing AGBs.
  6. Elbert Garrett
    Excellent birds and pens....well done!
  7. elgallo 13
    when will you have golden duckwings for sale.I would like to buy a young trio.
    my family had these birds for years and now that I have the land for them I want to buy some wheaton,red pyle and gold duckwings AGB. I have some hennie and cuban bantams .
  8. shouamoua
    do you have any for sale at the moment

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