Monday, September 28, 2015

The Power of Bantam Chicken


A bantam (Indonesian: Ayam kate) is a small variety of poultry especially chickens. Etymologically, the name bantam is derived from the city of Bantam - currently known as "Banten Province" or previously "Banten Residency" - once a major seaport, in Indonesia. European sailors restocking on live fowl for sea journeys found the small native breeds of chicken in Southeast Asia to be useful, and any such small poultry came to be known as a bantam.

Most large chicken breeds have a bantam counterpart, sometimes referred to as a miniature. Miniatures are usually one-fifth to one-quarter the size of the standard breed, but they are expected to exhibit all of the standard breed's characteristics.

Have you watch or participates in Bantam derby? Bantam chicken is cute and unique; but if you see it, you’ll think that it’s a weak kind. Cockfighting for bantams is really true but very different of course. If you compare Bantam derby to human, it seems it is fight between children. Bantam derby is truly amazing to watch with small gaff and low in weight. The system of the game is almost the same to the normal derby.

Bantam chickens are not brave as big chickens. They don’t have an instinct to kill their opponents and some of them are running in the midst of the fight. But there is also bantam chicken which is very strong and always ready to battle. Other breeders are crossing with Hatch, Sweater, lemon, Albany or any bloodline they could think; the experiment still going strong for this kind of breeding.

There are some breeders concentrating with Bantam lines. Because they believe that they can establish their names through bantam derby. They know that they have a lot of competitors in a normal derby. But in bantam derby, they have a chance to shine. In the Philippines this is very popular in Pampanga, Tarlac and in other provinces. There are also associations dedicated for Bantam breeders and cockers.

The Bantam story is popular as David and Goliath - evidence that size doesn't matter in cockfighting. Before basketball, wrestling, mixed martial arts and others sports were becoming popular, the cockfighting was already there in Pampanga. It seems that this was old as the human civilization. But no one can pinpoint who were the first persons who played cockfighting? We only knew that gamefowl birds were born to fight.

Watch the video here (Courtesy of Julz Lacap):

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