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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
Pros - Gorgeous and various coloring, hardy, good mothers, tough.
Cons - Roosters can be aggressive (most I've encountered are more afraid of people than prone to attack them).
The neighbors behind us raise American Game chickens, so I've been around them my entire life. As a child, my sister and I had two hens and they were great mothers and good pets. We also were given a rooster who was a nice bird - not aggressive towards us at all and his feathers were so gorgeous. Many of our chickens descended from these hens and rooster (mixed breeds).
As an adult, I rescued a chick from a stray cat and nursed him back to health. He had a large swelling on his side (probably from the cat), that eventually went down. He turned out to be the only rooster who would attack me, even when I held him. Perhaps he was just too comfortable with me or he just had a streak of aggression in his genes. As a baby, he would perch on my shoulder and was sweet.
I currently have one game hen (rescued from my dogs) and she's in with my bantam rooster. She is comfortable with me, but not nearly as friendly as the laying chicks I raised this summer (probably because I didn't raise her from a chick).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pros - Sweet Beautiful Good Show birds
Cons - Can be aggressive
I used to have some American Game Bantams, now I only have some old English bantams. Anyway for the short time that I had them they were sweet beautiful birds, but watch out they can get without warning aggressive. They were pretty good layers and Once they went broody. I would recommend them for anyone beginners or pros they make great pets and show birds
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.