Modern Game

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  • Breed Purpose:
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    Breed Temperament:
    Aggressive,Friendly,Not bear confinementwell,Noisy
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Brown Red, Birchen, Silver Blue, Lemon Blue, Black Breasted Red, Red Pyle, Blue Red (Blue Breasted Red), White, Black, Blue, Golden Duckwing, Silver Duckwing, etc.
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    Bred from pit breeds in the past, the Modern Game has a spunky personality and will happily strut its stuff in the show room. Moderns originated in Great Britain when breeders of Pit Games decided to change their focus to exhibition poultry. They are known as the "ultra fanciers creation", and come in many stunning varieties. Modern Games, both Bantam and Large, were featured in the first Standard of Perfection in 1874 and have since dominated the shows, residing in the top 10 most popular exhibition breeds. Males are required by show standards to be dubbed if you wish to compete in exhibitions.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Frequent
    Climate Tolerance: Heat

    General Egg Info:
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    Egg Size: Small
    Egg Color: White

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly, beautiful, a bit aggressive to the low chickens on the totem pole, noisy, bears confinement fairly well.

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Brown Red, Birchen, Silver Blue, Lemon Blue, Black Breasted Red, Red Pyle, Blue Red (Blue Breasted Red), White, Black, Blue, Golden Duckwing, Silver Duckwing, etc.
    Breed Details:
    Because of their delicate characteristics, Moderns require a little more care than other breeds. They are not the kind of chicken you just throw into your flock. It is absolutely necessary to provide Modern Games with some sort of heat source during the winter (anything below 35 F is too cold) because they are hard feathered and have very little fluff to insulate themselves. Be careful with their legs; they are as fragile as they look! Thick bedding will cushion their falls. Moderns prefer large runs and high perches to exercise and play, and they should never be confined to a small area. In a range type situation, keep a close eye on your Moderns or they may wander off. Being a game breed, they can have a bit of an attitude at times, but proper handling will keep your Modern friendly and tame. Male Moderns should never be grabbed from the front as they tend to take such actions as a threat and may develop the need to "hand fight" their owner. Grasp your male at the back first and then pick him up. Occasionally, you may find a female with these aggressive tendencies. They are very social, and when mixed with other breeds they often rank high in the pecking order. Females go broody frequently, but they should only be allowed to brood once a year as their bodies cannot handle the stress of brooding (they're skin and bones by the end of the three weeks). They make EXCELLENT pets when raised properly and are known to tease and interact with their owners by offering gifts (a delicious cricket perhaps?) and by resting in your lap. They are chatty, spontaneous, and love to climb all over you when you walk into their coop.







Recent User Reviews

  1. DelaneyMGB25
    "I love Moderns!"
    Pros - They are very beautiful, gentle, easy to handle, and they get along well with others! They are very chatty and verbal too!
    Cons - Hey aren’t very hardy, and do terrible in the cold! They are hard to hatch, the hens aren’t very good moms, and they lay very few, and small, eggs.
    BlackHackle likes this.
  2. ChickMagnet098
    "love them, very nice, dont do well in the cold"
    Pros - very friendly, super small and cute
    Cons - dont do well in cold at all
    i got 4 modern game bantams last month. the Wisconsin winter has only just started, it has been on average 30-40 over the past month and they already have very bad frostbite and will likely lose some toes already. aside from not being able to handle the cold at all, i LOVE these birds. they are so fun to have around. they will follow me all over the place and will let me pick them up no problem.
  3. BantamLover55
    "One of the Best Breeds of Chicken!!!"
    Pros - Tame, Friendly, don't need much space, great pets, good show birds
    Cons - Not cold tolerant, low egg production rate
    I am a huge Modern Game fan! I have 12 standard size BB Red moderns, 6 bantam Birchens, 5 bantam Brown Reds, 1 bantam Black, and 1 bantam Blue. I raise them for showing, breeding, and pets.

    My friendliest chicken is a Brown Red Modern bantam. Whenever I come out to see my chickens, she is right next to the door waiting to be handled! She is great with children, too.

    I would highly recommend the Modern Game to anyone who is looking for a pet or show bird.

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  1. ilovebalkbalks
    What type of feed will make them lay more? I have a MGB and she lays almost nothing and I would love to know what kind of feed would help her lay more.
  2. applebutter14
    thanks for the info!
  3. hellbender
    Frostbitten feet? Something seems amiss here. I have Chanteclers, Naked Necks and Dark Cornish. The first two breeds are known for their very cold tolerance but not so much for the Cornish.

    We have lows here of 17*F with wind chill near 0* and these Cornish have been right out there with the rest of the flock, free-ranging, even in the worst of it with a bit of snow on the ground and they are even laying pretty well for the breed. No pampering with lights and they have EXCELLENT ventilation.

    I can't imagine what could cause your bird's feet to become frostbitten in what seems like relatively balmy weather.
  4. kwhites634
    How could they have gotten frostbite in 30 degree temps? That ain't that cold! If necessary, you could always hang a heater plate in the roof rafters or install one in a coop wall, but most likely they'd do just fine, providing the coop is small enough for their own body heat to warm them sufficiently
  5. applebutter14
    i live in iowa, do you think they will live through our winters with just a water heater?
  6. Mountain Peeps
    Good to know. I always thought they were MEAN
  7. Cindysid
    I have a wonderful little modern game rooster that is best friends with my green peacock. He is very friendly and begs to be picked up when I come into the poultry yard. I have a little hen too, but she is very tiny, and not quite as friendly, but still likes attention.
  8. susanp970
    They are just beautiful little chicklets.
  9. MyPetNugget
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