American Game Chicken
The American Game Chicken is a game breed originating in the United States. It’s colors come widely in range due to them being bred for the pit instead of color. Though the most common are Black breasted red (called reds, or by strain name), Wheaten (called reds, or strain name.), Silver duckwings (Called greys), Golden duckwings (called greys), White, black, brown red, red quail, blue (in various forms, this includes splash, blue wheaten, blue reds, etc.), and gold or pumpkin. The American gamefowl should not be confused with Old English Games, another breed once bred for the pit though now is an exhibition bird.
American Game Chicken is a breed of poultry which were once bred for cockfighting, they played a big role in American history as they were bred, fought, and raised by many of our political leaders in the past. And contributed to Abraham Lincoln’s nickname honest Abe as he was a cockfighting referee.
Most American gamefowl lines (or strains) consist of Irish, Old English, and Oriental Gamefowl. However many others contain Spanish, along with gamefowl from other places including the Sumatra breed. The American gamefowl is now becoming popular as a show breed since cockfighting has been outlawed.
The American Game Chicken are truly an amazing breed, they’re some of the most beautiful birds you will ever see and are extremely cold and heat resistant, they are intelligent, and can survive on their own if given the chance. Many places have gamefowl crosses running among the streets/woods, Key west, Guam, and Hawaii are some of the main places known for Spanish crosses running around (some being Americans as well. Along with various places throughout the states have American games running the yards because of escaping from or being let out by the owners.
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.