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 has approximately 100 – 125 members and is growing again.
SHOWS: We also hold three shows a year—The Annual Fall show, a Spring Show and a Summer show that includes a cookout and various items and goods auction.
SWAP MEETS: All the shows have a sale area. The club also hosts two swap meets a year.
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS AND DISPLAYS: In addition, we occasionally hold poultry seminars in the winter months along with the breed shows—all geared to the educational side of the hobby. The club has set up various bird displays at the various functions at the NRT and at the Ames Estate to promote interest and awareness of the hobby.