American Bantam Association

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American Bantam Association
Formation 1914[1]
Purpose Poultry Fancy
Region served
U.S. & Canada
Matt Lhamon

The American Bantam Association is a poultry fancy association that promotes the breeding and exhibiting of various breeds of bantam poultry. Its goals are to foster cooperation between breeders, host poultry shows, and provide information on the various breeds it recognizes.[1]

It publishes a Bantam Standard which describes 57 breeds, 85 plumage patterns and more than 400 varieties of bantams and bantam ducks. It also publishes a quarterly magazine and annual yearbook. It sanctions or has sanctioned a number of poultry shows across the United States held by local groups, such as the New England Poultry Exposition.[2] and the Poultry and Rare Bird Show at the Los Angeles County Fair[3][4][5] and the Ohio National.


The ABA has 16 Districts in the US, Canada, and Bermuda, each of which has a District Director who acts to address concerns and represent their constituents in matters that require a vote at Semi-Annual and Annual meetings and in more informal capacities:

  • District 1: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont
  • District 2: New Jersey, New York
  • District 3: Delaware, Pennsylvania
A Dutch Bantam pullet, one of the breeds of poultry recognized by the ABA
  • District 4: Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia
  • District 5: Ohio, Kentucky
  • District 6: Michigan, Indiana, Illinois
  • District 7: North Carolina, South Carolina
  • District 8: Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee
  • District 9: Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi
  • District 10: Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota
  • District 11: Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri
  • District 12: Texas
  • District 13: Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico
  • District 14: Washington, Oregon, Montana, Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming
  • District 15: California, Nevada, Hawaii
  • District 16: Canada


The first president of the American Bantam Association was Charles E. Rockenstyie, who died in 1944.[6]


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  2. ^ "1200 Poultry Exhibits At Exposition. Large Group of Rhode Island Reds in New England Show Opening at State Armory". The Hartford Courant (Hartford, Conn.). Dec 5, 1934. p. 12. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  3. ^ "Rare Birds at Pomona Poultry Show". Los Angeles Times. August 14, 1927. pp. J12. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  4. ^ Wells, Mike (November 5, 2007). "Something To Crow About". The Newport Plain Talk via WVLT-TV. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  5. ^ "Black Bantam Wins Fowl Show Honors; Entry of Phil Plant Is Judged Best in Record Field of 2,500 Birds". The New York Times. January 7, 1939. p. 8. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  6. ^ "Charles E. Rockenstyie (Obituary)". The New York Times. July 19, 1944. p. 19. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
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