Modern Game

Average User Rating:
4.66667/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Ornamental
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Frequent
    Climate Tolerance:
    Heat
    Egg Productivity:
    Low
    Egg Size:
    Small
    Egg Color:
    White
    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.
    Breed Size:
    Bantam
    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:
    Ornamental
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Frequent
    Climate Tolerance: Heat

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Low
    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.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. ChickMagnet098
    4/5,
    "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.
    Overall:
    4
  2. BantamLover55
    5/5,
    "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.
    Overall:
    5
  3. LyrebirdJacki
    5/5,
    "Great For the Suburban Breeder and Children"
    Pros - Rooster has a quiet crow, overly friendly, cute and eat very little and don't make a mess.
    Cons - Just small enough that the hawks chase them. Not many eggs.
    I wasn't going to get modern game bantams but I had done a 3000km round drive to pick up 80 birds from the centre of Australia from a breeder who was meeting me half way from South Australia to drop them off. All the birds were pre-paid for by people, as I had this trip organized for over 8 months prior to heading down there except one trio of modern game. I tried contacting the lady who wanted them but she never picked up the phone or answered my emails so I ended up with them in the end.

    Do I regret them? Oh heavens no!! I adore these little guys to bits and I have over 30 chickens already in my suburban home, mostly all different breeds ranging from blue/black copper/wheaton marans, araucanas, australorps, faverolles, plymouth rocks, wyandottes, silkies, OEG and so on. These have so far been the most friendly out of all the breeds, and they were an adult pair when I got them. Even my blind dad, who really dislikes roosters AND bantams with a passion, has fallen in love with these little guys on the first day of me bringing them home.

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    The rooster loves him especially. He likes my dad the most out of all of the family. The first day I had him a goshawk was harrassing the modern trio just as my dad stepped outside and he run underneith my dad's legs and made chatty noises. He squatted and put his arms out and he just jumped into his arms terrified. Since then my dad has turned his hate for roosters around. I am worried however due to their size, especially the hens, that the goshawk may eventually kill them while I have them out to graze the grass. They may need slight supervision unfortuently. They would be fantastic for children to raise but only if handled with care!!

    But it gets better.

    The whole day not once did he crow. The next morning he did crow and we didn't even really register it was a rooster at first. It is very light, has the "err-err-errrrr" going on but the wild birds muffle him completely. Neighbours don't mind at all so we can keep him which is fantastic. He barely crows like previous roosters that I've owned have, only going off in the morning a dozen or so times and then nothing until the next morning. Far better than OEG to which I found just crowed all day long, and twice as loudly, and I owned them for over 5 years and loved them to bits. Less aggressive too which is a bonus but tend to be at the bottom of the pecking order, the hens anyway.

    As for eggs barely any but I do enjoy the broodiness. Since I have other breeds of chooks for the sake of laying I honestly do not mind lack of eggs though others would disagree of course. The eggs are a nice size too, I prefer the bantam sized eggs boiled to the big ones and kids love them tiny. I like the small broodies, like OEG because they hatch and raise my quail eggs for me so I don't have to incubate them. They take well to quail chicks which is what I want in a bantam as large chooks are too big to sit on the tiny eggs.

    So far very little feed is used and they do quite a bit of foraging which is great. They don't mess up the garden like every other chook will and the mulch heap is practically untouched when they try to rake it out, since they are so tiny. They don't require a big run either, I have them in 1mX1m by 1.5m high and they could easily fit a few more hens, though I do let them out for most of the day anyway.

    And they don't leave big poops all over my verandah.

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    Overall:
    5

User Comments

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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
  10. southernfiction

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