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American Game

Average User Rating:
4.21739/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Ornamental
    Comb:
    Pea
    Broodiness:
    Frequent
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Medium
    Egg Color:
    White
    Breed Temperament:
    Aggressive,Easily handled,Bears confinement well,Noisy
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Almost any color imaginable.
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    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.
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  • 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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Recent User Reviews

  1. msazeeta
    3/5,
    "Squawky & Flighty"
    Pros - smart, flock protector, sweet, beautiful, curious, great forager
    Cons - loud, flighty, slow to develop,
    A neighbor gave me 2 of these as chicks and I ended up giving both away. One turned out to be a rooster which I had to re-home, and I think separating him from his sister started her off on the wrong foot in my flock. She was always very vocal from a young age. It started when the older hens would chase her away from food, making her very food aggressive. She became lowest of the pecking order and every morning would voice her dissent by squawking loudly at feed time for an hour, non-stop. My older hens would constantly chase her and she would fly over the fence. I never bothered to trim her wings because I felt that she was justified at trying to get away. She is flighty and not easy to catch but once held is very sweet. She didn't start laying until about 6+ months old. Because she never fit in with my other hens I eventually gave her away to a friend who had a much more welcoming flock. I'm happy to say that she is very happy and finally being included in an established flock, I have been told that she is now laying regularly and is very broody at times. Not great for a small backyard, your neighbors will not be happy if your hen is as loud as a rooster.

    I will say that she was a great forager, very smart, and beautiful to look at. She would regularly escape to the other side of my yard to scavenge. Once I saw her jump on a squirrel and chase it out of the yard. It was hilarious to watch and I appreciated that since squirrels love to steal fruit in the Summer. I want the squirrels to know which yard to avoid ;)
    Overall:
    3.5
  2. MaycanGamefowl
    5/5,
    "Coolest chickens on earth!!"
    Pros - Protective males , fairly good laying hens , great free rangers and good setters
    Cons - Must separate young cockserels by 5 months
    I have a blue american game rooster and he is a well timpered rooster, he will peck your hand when you mess with his hen.
    Hens make wonderful mothers and are extremely predator resistant :D:D
    Overall:
    5
  3. Georgia Dream
    5/5,
    "My experience with American Game"
    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.
    Overall:
    5

User Comments

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  1. Tacampbell1973
    Not sure if it is the same thing, but my first two hens were from my neighbor, she called them a "game bird Mix", two of the toughest hens i have known. They are hardy, super independent, great mothers both of them (even raised the first hatch together!) and both are near 7 or 8 years with no sign of slowing down, Begawky has a daughter she keeps close even though she is almost 4 months old. They roost together every night, and if Angel isn't"ready for bed" Gawky will call her until she comes.
  2. mustangrooster
    Beautiful birds..Hopefully they can join the flock soon. I love broodys and Protective Roos so they seem to be the perfect addition to the flock. From my perspective I would recommend them to people who love broodys, Protective roos and game birds in general.
  3. SpringPeeper
    Game roosters are often called stags.
  4. Skeeter10
    what u mean by stags
  5. Skeeter10
    what u mean by stags
  6. Skeeter10
  7. taterbug41
    I'm looking for some Spangled Butcher eggs to hatch out this spring can anyone hook me up with a few I have no problem paying for the eggs and shipping. I live in north MS
  8. Georgia Dream
  9. chickengeorgeto
    Like a teenage boy no doubt looking to find his place in society..
  10. Georgia Dream
    Thanks for the comment! :) I did a bit of research and soon found that they do tend to get a little...temperamental, but it was short lived and now hes back to his lovable self.

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