Modern game bantam chicks

Julevien

In the Brooder
Jun 11, 2020
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Hi guys,

I am new to the forum and new to game bantams as well, used to have large Brahma and Araucana chickens :)

I currently have 4 modern game chicks, 2 of three weeks and 2 of five weeks old.

I am trying to look for signs of gender, as the general interwebs seems to be rather void of information 😁

Are there breed specific signs? Age-related or behavioral that I can keep an eye out for?

I will include some pictures of the chicks, maybe someone notices something already..

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I always am glad to learn!

Chick 1 5 weeks

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Chick 2 3 weeks - cockerel?
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Chick 3 - 3 weeks + photo bomb 😁
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Chick 4 - 5 weeks - slow grower 🤔

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Thanks in advance everybody!

Will try to get pics in better positions as well
 

HappyClucker7

Crossing the Road
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Apr 28, 2016
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It's still too early to tell. You'll have to wait until they are 6-8 weeks old before the differences will really start to show.
That is a really cool enclosure you have for them though! I bet all those logs and plants keep them pretty entertained!
 

Julevien

In the Brooder
Jun 11, 2020
12
13
26
It's still too early to tell. You'll have to wait until they are 6-8 weeks old before the differences will really start to show.
That is a really cool enclosure you have for them though! I bet all those logs and plants keep them pretty entertained!

Aw I don't like being patient 😆

Thanks, we are building a new coop so didn't want them to get bored inside.
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It's entertaining for me to watch them speed around and hop around the branches 😁
 

Delaneygraces

Songster
Jan 14, 2018
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I must say I'm quite jealous of your little brown reds! I've had the worst luck in hatching the brown-red variety this year.
It's a little difficult to tell gender at this age, even more so from a picture. I never rely on combs in moderns, as they can be misleading. I usually can tell their gender a little after a month old, when they start fully feathering in, and I can tell which ones are getting those shinier/colorful cockerel feathers in their back/wings/saddle.
For behavior, I have noticed in my chicks (this may be entirely different for others though), that the little cockerels are much more friendly/fearless/willing to be picked up compared to the females, in this year and past years.

Good luck with your little birds!
 

Ruthster55

Crowing
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Nov 23, 2013
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They are lovely and have a nice setup.

Even if you have a male or two, it is not really a bad situation.

With games, the hens are valued as broodies but you can also keep a rooster or two so as to pass broody traits onto the next generation.

Late at night, you can slip some incubator chicks under the game hen after she has been broody for a while. The hen will raise them like no other hen or brooder will.
 
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JaeG

Crossing the Road
6 Years
Sep 29, 2014
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Modern Game roosters look the same as the Old English Game bantams in that they get dark chests in the brown reds (and some other colour mutations). We were able to tell our little duckwing OEGB was a cockerel at 5 weeks old because he started to get dark patches on his chest.

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I'm hoping to hatch some Modern Games sometime soon - they are gorgeous.
 

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