Other common names: American Game Chicken; American Game Bantam; Game Bantam American Gamefowl
The American Game Fowl was developed in the United States over the course of a century, from both European and Asian game breeds. The American Game, was traditionally bred for cockfighting, but now it is becoming rather popular for exhibition and ornamental purposes.
According to the Gamefowl Preservation Society of Texas, "American Game Fowl originated in the USA from at least 4 different sources of Game Fowl. The 4 different original bloodlines were English, Irish, French, and Spanish. Later infusions of basic bloodlines originated from Cuba and Central and South America. Some of the very best East Indian Asil Fowl came directly from India. Later the English sent families of game fowl to America infused with Asil blood. The original diverse genetic makeup of our American Game Fowl should not detract in any way from the distinct result that we see today. True breeding American Game Fowl that have been selected in the harshest environment THE PIT for at least 150 years. Only the very best specimens have been selected for perpetuation."
Types: Bantam and Largefowl
Varieties (Single comb and Roundhead: Black, Black Breasted Blue, Blue, Brown Red, Gold Duckwing, Silver Duckwing, Spangled, White and more
Uses: Exhibition, Fighting, Ornamental
Bantam: 27 - 30 oz
Largefowl: 3.5 - 5.5 lb
Personality: The American Gamefowl is active, energetic and has an aggressive nature amongst other fowl.
Preferred climate: Moderate
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Fair (2/week)
Egg color: Cream
Egg size: Medium
What else you should know:
American Gamefowl require higher protein feed to support their active lifestyle. Ideally, food should be around 22% protein for adults. This breed is known for it's aggression to other fowl. Roosters will need to be separated. Hens should also be added to flocks with great caution. It is illegal to fight fowl in the United States and many other countries.
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"The American Game Bird is a rose. It's beautiful to look at, but if you're not careful it's going to cause a bit of pain. These birds, especially the roosters, are highly aggressive. They were selectively bred for their aggression in the American south since colonial times for cock fighting. Now that the sport of cock fighting is illegal is most parts of the country they have been relocated to an ornamental breed. They have a high bone to meat ratio, and do not lay well. If however you're looking for a chicken to turn loose on a large chunk of land these are your birds. They rank among the most self sufficient of any breed I have ever raised.."
From Travis A. Wooten May 20 2014 10:12AM
"She was a really funny bird. Game hens are pretty agile, and that was definitely evident from this bird. I don't know if it was because she was socialized well growing up, but she did very well with children. A very sweet bird. There were some times she would fall asleep while kids were holding her. The interesting thing about chickens, including this one, is that they will literally eat anything (even chicken, though that does make me cringe a little). The more diverse the chickens' diet is, though, the more colorful the eggs will be! It's not like store-bought eggs. Eggs from these chickens can turn cookie dough bright yellow and, honestly, taste SO MUCH better. I would highly recommend this breed of chicken. ."
From Lily Nussbaum Dec 30 2016 4:25AM