Modern Game Bantam Chicken
The Modern Game Bantam Chicken is strictly a fancier’s creation. In type it is far removed from the Old English or Pit Game bred in the days when cock fighting was the vogue of Great Britain. The ideals of breeders of Pit Games were replaced by the ideals of exhibition Game fanciers. This breed evolved over a period of thirty years by selectively breeding Malay and Old English Game. By the turn of the century they had reached their height of popularity with birds fetching vast sums. The large fowl fell out of favor and are now only kept by a few fanciers. High-bodied Game fowl with a style and carriage peculiar to itself is the result. Modern Games were at the height of their popularity in the closing years of the 1800’s.
Characteristics: Type and carriage in Modern Games and Modern Game Bantam Chicken’s is of great importance and shortness and hardness of feathers are also important. Exceptionally large specimens are undesirable, as overgrowth tends to coarseness at the expense of form and style of carriage which are essential characteristics of the Modern Game and even to a greater degree in the Modern Game Bantam.Needs to be active. Less tolerant of close confinement and maybe aggressive and noisy.
- Standard Weights: Cock-22 oz; Hen-20 oz; Cockerel-20 oz; Pullet-18 oz.
- Varieties: Black-Breasted Red, Silver Duckwing, Red Pyle, White, Black, many others.
- Skin Color: Yellow
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Use: Exhibition
- Origin: England
Bantams are suitable for smaller backyards as they do not need as much space as other breeds. Bantam hens are also used as laying hens, with some breeds laying up to 150 eggs per year. However, Bantam eggs are only about one-half to one-third the size of a regular hen egg. The Bantam chicken eats the same foods as a normal chicken. In commercial situations they are fed grain-based foods because this is convenient and efficient for the producer. Chickens in the wild eat more insects and vegetation than grains.
In contrast, the Bantam rooster is famous in rural areas throughout the United Kingdom and the United States for its aggressive, “puffed-up” disposition that can be comedic in stature. It is often called a “Banty” in the rural United States.
Many bantam hens are renowned for hatching and brooding. They are very protective mothers and will attack anything that gets near their young.
Bantams do have a higher mortality rate when they are kept as backyard pets. They are easy targets for hawks, cats, foxes, or any other small predator.