Brian Court, Ten Mile House – President
James Butler, Alliston – Vice President
Jeremy Ludyka, Cornwall – Secretary
Stephen Webster, Tarantum – Treasurer
Volume 34 Number 10 April, 2017
THE BROWN RED MODERN GAME BANTAM
(Modern Game Club of American Newsletter)
By Wallace Leverett
Of the eighteen recognized varieties if Modern Game Bantams listed in the American Bantam Association Standard, the Brown Red is one of the four most popular varieties of the breed and one of the more eye pleasing color combinations.
Over the years, for whatever reason, the Brown Red comes and goes in popularity, more so than the three other popular varieties. During the mid-1980s, the variety gained in popularity throughout the U.S., being the largest variety of the breed at some Southeastern shows.
From the Black Breasted Red evolved the Brown Breasted Red of old, the namesake and forerunner of the present day Brown Reds. In development of this variety as known today required several breeding practices and revisions in the Standard, the latest revision changed top color from lemon to orange. This welcomed change made color breeding to the Standard easier by elimination of the Lemon Blue as a frequent color cross required to produce lemon top color.
History of precisely where mulberry face color came from is lacking, but as far back as Marco Polo’s time, when ships were made of wood and men of steel, poultry from throughout the world was imported to England. Among them, Game Fowl from the East; one a Blue Game Fowl from India. Considering other breeds were not purposely bred into Game Fowl, it’s a logical assumption for the Blue Game to be the origin of mulberry facial Modern Game bantams. The mulberry facial color was also inherited either directly or indirectly from the Brown Red, in that Brown Red crossed with Silver Duckwing = Birchen, Brown Red crossed with Self Blue = Lemon Blue, and Birchen crossed with Self Blue = Silver Blue.
Orange top color is generally consistently produced and maintained in good quality today and secdom requires a color outcross. When an outcross is deemed necessary, it’s not entirely impossible to find a suitable Brown Red today, related or non-related. Related birds should always be the first choice, if obtainable in quality desired.
Crossbreeding the Brown Red with the Golden Duckwing, Black Breasted Red, or Wheaten will improve orange top color, but likely to be at the expense of several unwanted side effects such as red eyes and faces and uneven shade of top color. The zoning of Brown Red top color should be identical to the Birchen, differing in color only in that white is replaced by an even shade of orange in all sections calling for orange. Some male Brown Reds come close to having Black Breasted Red top color, light orange head, neck and saddle with dark orange/red back and wing bows.
Preferences vary between breeders and judges as to the ideal shade of orange in the male and female. Variations in shades of orange can usually be detected in any sizeable class with the best top-colored birds being those with any even shade of brilliant orange.
Too much or too little lacing and shafting are the most common defects seen today in Brown Red plumage. Lacing should be narrow in width and uniformon each feather of the neck front and upper breast only. Lacing should sharply outline each feather and not merge into black, effecting a light, rusty overall look. Some exhibted Brown Reds and Birchens are large and coarse in type with heavy and coarse lacing. The ideal and goal of the dedicated breeder of Modern Game bantams is to breed a family of Moderns that are refined in type and plumage with laced varieties having fine distinct lacing on males and stylish, petite females with delicate lacing, especially in exhibition pullets.
All black feathered birds are susceptible to purple sheen and/or barring with the Brown Red seemingly more affected by this defect than other varieties of Modern Games with black feathers. The condition isn’t totally dependent upon heredity. This condition can be attributed to improper molt or diet among other things.
NOTES OF INTEREST
April 26 – Entries close for Valley Fanciers Spring Show
May 1 – Entries close for P.E.I. Spring Show
May 1 – NEXT MEETING (Atlantic Vet College, 7:30). Use main entrance.
May 6 – Valley Fanciers Spring Show (Windsor, NS)
May 20 – 32nd Annual P.E.I. Spring Show (Borden-Carleton)
June 4 – Greater Moncton Fur & Feather Club Buy-Sell-Trade Day (Petitcodiac, NB)
July 28 – Northumberland Fisheries Festival Poultry Show (Murray River)
July 29 – Crapaud Exhibition (Crapaud)
August 13-16 – P.E.I. Provincial Exhibition Poultry Show (Charlottetown)
August 25-27 – P.E.I. Plowing Match & Agricultural Fair (Dundas)
September 1-2 – Egmont Bay-Mont Carmel Exhibition (Abram’s Village)
September 10 – Eastern Kings Exhibition (Souris)
September 23-24 – New Brunswick Fall Show (Petitcodiac)
October 14-15 – Nova Scotia Fall Classic (Middle Musquodoboit)
November 12 – 88th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Poultry Show (Toronto)
-CLUB ITEMS FOR SALE: T-shirts – $13.00 and Crests – $4.00. Contact the secretary for items.
-There are still some Spring Show awards needing sponsors. They are $20 each. If interested in donating funds for awards, please contact the secretary.
-PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY!
-Remember that the deadline for Spring Show entries is May 1. Please have your entries in on time.
-Sympathies are extended to Gordon & Joanne Murphy and family (Lorina, her sister and brothers) on the recent passing of Joanne’s mother.
-Sympathies are extended to Chloe and Molly Loane on the recent passing of their grandfather.
–Sympathies are extended to the family of Hilton Bryanton on his passing on April 9. Hilton served several terms as president of the association.
-The Department of Agriculture is looking to go to electronic delivery of our club newsletter. Please forward your email to the editor so that this change can be made. Those without email will still be able to receive their newsletter by regular mail. PLEASE FORWARD YOUR EMAIL ASAP. Send it to: email@example.com.
-WELCOME BACK to the association is extended to Tiffany Jones, Kingston.
BE SURE TO GET YOUR SPRING SHOW ENTRIES IN ON TIME!
Dear PEIPPFA Members,
Many of you don’t know me. My name is Brian Court and I am the newly-elected president of the P.E.I. Purebred Poultry (Fanciers) Association. My main goal during my term as president is to grow our membership and to encourage the participation of current members. The strength of our membership is the backbone of our club. So please find the time to attend some meetings and get involved. I encourage you to bring an interested friend. I hope this spring finds you healty, happy, and hatching.
We had a great turnout for the annual meeting. It is good to see it so well attended. It was good to see some of the junior members in attendance as well.
The spring shows in Windsor and Borden-Carleton are not too far off now. Certainly a sign of what should be warmer weather.
From what I am hearing, there are good numbers of young birds being hatched. Let’s hope there are some champions among them.