American game fowl, more commonly known as roosters, originated as wild jungle fowl in Asia, India, and other parts of the world. Early explorers from England and Spain for example, were fascinated by these birds, and took specimens back to their respective countries.
Some of our more famous forefathers raised roosters. Among them: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Henry Clay, just to name a few. Today, many respected people such as lawyers, doctors, and working class families continue to raise these magnificent birds. While the press tends to focus on an unsavory element of society, who breeds roosters strictly for illegal fighting, the fact is that the vast majority of breeders are ordinary people, interested in the majesty and beauty of these fine animals.
American games are like no fowl in the world. Chickens and roosters have more chromosomes than any other animal, and American gamecocks are splendid athletes compared to other avian species. It is up to us to ensure the American gamecock can continue to maintain its integrity. How? By practicing proper selection, using quality breeding techniques, culling defects, good nutrition, and keeping all birds in your farm healthy. Most gamefowl are treated better than many family pets, much like a horse trainer treats a thoroughbred.
That being said, there are a couple of myths we would like to dispel. The first, is that roosters are "taught" to fight. In reality, fighting amongst roosters is instinctive. When allowed to comingle after approximately three months of age, roosters will naturally fight to the death. At Canyon Farms, all of our gamefowl are separated into spacious surroundings to prevent this from happening. Along these lines, many of the animal rights groups disseminate the falsehood that, if just left alone, gamefowl will learn to live amongst one another without fighting. Nothing could be further from the truth. Millions of years of evolution have proven them wrong, yet, political agendas often get in the way of the facts.
The bottom line is that American gamefowl are intelligent, colorful, and proud birds, and will continue to flourish as long as professional breeders like Canyon Farms provide proper care in the industry.