The New England Bantam Club is one of the oldest clubs specifically for Bantam chickens and ducks. Founded in April 1931 under the name of Old Colony Bantam Club of Brockton, the first members, 45 of them, met in the back room of a pet store in Brockton. In October of the same year the name was officially changed to New England Bantam Club and plans were underway for the first show. At one point in the 50's there were over 275 members in the club. Membership declined as farms were sold for development in the 1960-80s and by the mid 80’s membership was down to only 60-70 members. However, renewed interest in back yard poultry and club outreach to other New England states has once again expanded membership.
Currently, the club hosts two shows a year; one in the spring and another in November. While primarily a bantam club, shows include bantam chickens, large chickens, bantams ducks and pigeons. You do not have to be a member to show with us. In addition the club hosts swap meets at various locations thru out the year.
The club also meets several times a year for a combination of business, education, and social meetings. The subject of conversation varies from flock management, hatching, brooding, housing exhibition, use of medications, and breeding.
The club publishes 10 newsletters a year, covering club business, poultry related events, articles on raising poultry and stories from our members and others.