About the ABA

Since 1914 the American Bantam Association has represented bantam breeders and their special interests. It has grown into a strong and vibrant national organization that promotes the breeding and exhibiting of all kinds of bantams.


  • To encourage the breeding, exhibiting and selling of pure bred bantams.
  • To create a cooperative feeling among the different breeders so as to get better acquainted.
  • To sponsor national, semi-annual, state and special meets so as to build up a greater bantam fancy.
  • To assemble and distribute information on the breeding, husbandry and economic value of bantam chickens and ducks.


  • Policy set by Board of Directors representing all of the United States and Canada - 16 districts.
  • President, vice-president and directors are elected for two-year terms. They in turn appoint a secretary-treasurer to carry out established policy.


  • Membership dues are the same for individuals, partners, couples, families (with no limit on number of children but only one household).
  • New members receive free copy of latest available yearbook and quarterly.


  • Publication of an authoritative BANTAM STANDARD which gives full descriptions of 57 breeds, 85 plumage patterns and over 400 varieties of bantams and bantam ducks.
  • Licensing of approximately 170 judges in all parts of the United States and Canada.
  • Publication of a 24 page QUARTERLY which features news of the Association and timely articles on bantam breeding and husbandry.
  • Publication of an annual yearbook which goes free to all members. It features an official listing of all members and licensed judges, advertisements from members, educational articles, summary of latest national and semi-annual meets and a complete listing of all ABA award winners of the previous year.


  • The Master Exhibitor program has been going since 1979. It identifies and honors outstanding exhibitors and to win this honor the exhibitor must accumulate 20 starred wins over any number of years. A starred win is defined as champion or reserve champion in a class of 100 or more.
  • The Master Breeder program identifies and honors outstanding exhibitors. To win this honor the exhibitor must accumulate 20 starred wins in one variety in a period of not less than 5 years. A starred win is defined as Champion or Reserve Champion in a class of 100 or more.
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