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Paul

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  We are now accepting orders for our fall 2018 spring 2019 day old large fowl Ameraucana chicks in black, blue, splash, wheaten, blue wheaten, splash wheaten, white, self blue and self blue splits.  We plan to have one hatch in each month of Sept., Oct., and Nov.  Then one hatch every two weeks starting Jan. 7, 2019 ending May 28, 2019.  Order information may be obtained by emailing psmith@ntin.net

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 We set our first fall incubators for 2018 on Monday August 20.  Five hundred-sixty eggs of self blue, wheaten/blue wheaten/splash wheaten, white, black, blue and splash were set.  They will be due to hatch September 10.  We have several chick orders but should be able to supply more than what is presently booked.

  We have learned the past few years from experience that the fall hatch rates are usually a very low hatch percentage.  This is due to the heat wave causing the males not to breed.  Also when a cock is in molt he is temporarily sterile.  A hen doesn’t lay while she is in molt which decreases egg production.

  We were at 114ºF a few weeks ago.  The eggs were gathered three times a day during the heat wave.  They were literally baking inside their shells.  The hatching eggs are stored inside a freezer that has had its thermostat replaced with a thermostat from a window AC unit.  This will allow the freezer to be set at 62ºF to 64ºF which is ideal for storing hatching eggs.

  Even though all the adversities causing low hatch rates, the ones that do manage to hatch do extremely well that time of year.  They are fresh and ready to show in March and April for our late shows.  They also start laying early in life usually in March.  Also if an older cock which is in a breeding pen goes into molt, a September cockerel can replace him!  Needless to say I like raising September chicks, so we set as many hatching eggs as possible.

  If someone wants some of these September chicks or from our later hatches, order information maybe obtained by e-mailing psmith@ntin.net or call Paul at 940-768-8405.
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