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Housing, Health & Hatching / Winter Doldrums
« on: January 03, 2022, 08:53:06 AM »
Yes, it seems like 2022 hatching will never get here. Blowing snow, sub zero temps sometimes are the high for the day. Frozen water pipes and chicken waterers are the norm. One can only dream of collecting eggs from what few hens are laying. Dreaming of those days when you can give birds baths and prepping them for a show. Spring seems a long horizen away, but then I stop and think of all those people in Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri and surounding states that were hit with recent devistating tornados. Many of them possibly ABC members. My heartfelt sympathies along with other ABC members go out to them. I guess I don't have it so bad afterall. May those effected repair, regroup and move forward and we hope to see old friends and ABC members at 2022 shows. Keep your chin up as there has to be better days ahead!

Exhibiting & Promoting / 2021 ABC NC DISTRICT MEET RESULTS
« on: December 02, 2021, 01:12:31 PM »
Results and pictures from the 2021 North Central District Meet with apologies to Jerry DeSmidt for the missing picture on the AOV Self Blue Bantam K which was RV. There were 31 entries from 5 exhibitors in the LF Class and 44 entries from 5 exhibitors in the Bantam Class. Jerry also won Trio of the show with a young LF White Trio. There were no Junior Ameraucana entries.

Exhibiting & Promoting / 2022 ABC National Meet
« on: November 16, 2021, 03:23:25 PM »
I'm sorry not to get this posted earlier, but have been busy getting set up for our North Central District Meet this weekend. The rotation schedule for next year's ABC National Meet falls to the North Central District. It has been decided to place the meet at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln Nebraska on November 19-20 2022. The host club will be the Nebraska State Poultry Assn. This is almost the center of the USA if you don't count in Alaska or Hawaii. Hopefully this will help make shorter travel times from all directions. Start thinking of items (eggs, chicks, gift cards, poultry supplies, etc) that you as members would like to donate for the silent auction.
I have already purchased LF and Bantam show boxes that I will donate. I'm counting on Lindsay to help with compiling a list as she does such a great job of organizing the silent auctions. Remember the proceeds from the 2022 Meet go for the 2023 National Meet in the North East District. Look for more upcoming posts on the ABC Forum.

Exhibiting & Promoting / ABC North Central District Meet
« on: October 27, 2021, 12:06:15 PM »
We are only about 3 weeks away from our 2021 Noirth Central District Meet. It will be held at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln, NE on November 20-21. Catalogs and entry forms are available as a download on Poultry Show Central. Just look for Nebraska State Poultry Assn Show. Entries must be post marked by November 11th. News Flash: Health paper requirements have been changed for out of state entries. If you are NPIP and have a form 9-3 you do not need a CVI form. If you are not NPIP you do need a CVI form, negatve pollurum testing within the last 90 days and a Pre-Entry Import Permit Number. 

You do not need to live in the NC Dstrict, Come and join in the fun!

Exhibiting & Promoting / ABC National Meet Laramie Wyoming
« on: July 29, 2021, 07:14:41 PM »
I have contacted Jackie Roaque of the 7220 Poultry Club which is hosting our 2021 ABC National Meet. Here is her reply on questions that I asked her for information. I hope this will  help with planning on those who are attending the show. Here are my questions with her replies.

Hi Gordon,

Thanks for reaching out! I apologize we have not got back to you sooner.
I am working on the show book right now and hope to have the final copy along with entry forms out by August 8th. I will attempt to answer most of your questions now, but may not be able to answer all as we are still finalizing some plans. This being our very first show we are still trying to tie up some loose ends and finals details, so bear with us!

What are your check in hours for entries? Finalizing our schedule now, but likely 1600 - 2000 Friday evening and 0630-0800 Saturday morning What are the actual hours for your show? 0830-1700  (I see it will be a double show) When can we load out? ~1700 following show Saturday or Sunday morning

When will you have a catalog and entry forms available for your show? August 8th Will they be available as a download on Poultry Show Central?Yes

What health papers and testing is required for out of state entries?  Wyoming Requirements for the importation of Poultry and Hatching Eggs. (a) An ICVI or a National Poultry Improvement Plan Form VS 9-3 is required on all Poultry and Hatching Eggs entering Wyoming. (b) Poultry imported for resale or commercial egg or meat production shall have a negative test result for the following diseases within thirty (30) days prior to import unless from an NPIP clean flock for the respective disease(s): (i) Pullorum – Typhoid; (ii) Avian Influenza; (iii) Mycoplasma gallisepticum; (iv) Mycoplasma synoviae; and (v) Salmonella enteritidis. (c) No poultry or Hatching Egg shall be imported into Wyoming that originates from a Quarantine area or control zone suspected of harboring poultry disease unless permitted by the Wyoming State Veterinarian under a “Secure Food Supply Plan.”

Will food be available at the fairgrounds?We are working on lining up a local 4H club to run concessions. If we are not able to, there are a few fast food options within 5-10 minute drive.

What is your cutoff date for entries? September 4th currently, may change if I can't get the show book out by August 8th or earlier.

Hope this helps!

Jackie Roaque
7220 Poultry Club

What a crazy world we live in with dealing with the Coronavirus. Jerry Desmidt informed me last night that the Beaver Dam Pigeon and Bantam Show is at the Dodge County Fairgrounds Beaver Dam, WI not the Jefferson County Fair Park in Jefferson WI. I just talked with Dan Schwandt and confirmed this. At this time the Show is still scheduled to take place on October 10, 2020. Venue was changed because of a 50 person limit at Jefferson due to Coronavirus restrictions. Thanks Jerry for notifying me of the change of venue. This will be our 2020 North Central District Meet for this year!

Exhibiting & Promoting / Northwoods Poultry Fanciers Club Show
« on: August 08, 2020, 07:12:24 PM »
Has it seemed like forever since you attended a poultry show due to all of the show cancillations due to the Coronavirus epidemic? Here is a chance to show your birds at an ABC sanctioned Club Meet at the Northwoods Poultry Fanciers Club Show September 12, 2020. If you had older info the venue has been changed from Merrill WI to Wausau WI. Entry deadline for mail is postmark by August 25, 2020. Yes we are in August already so the deadline is just over 2 weeks away. All health paperwork has been waived by the State of WI due to the shortage of Pullorum Antigen. Catalog and entry forms can be downloaded on the Poultry Show Central website.
So roundup your best birds and I hope to see you there!!!!!

Exhibiting & Promoting / Northwoods Poultry Fanciers Club Show
« on: July 12, 2020, 05:34:36 PM »
ATTENTION!!!     We have just been notified of a change of venue for the Northwoods Poultry Fanciers Club Show from Merrill, WI to the Wisconsin Valley Fairgrounds 1201 Stewart Ave, Wausau, WI. The dates remain the same (Friday Sept 11 check in 3:30-9:00 pm)(Saturday Sept 12 check in 7:00-9:00am). Coop out is Saturday after awards. Coop Fee is $3.50 Open Show and $3.00 Junior Show. Cleanup Fee of $5:00 per exhibitor. Note testing of birds is waved due to the shortage of Pullorum Antigen. 2020 Catalog and Entry download forms are available now at Poultry Show Central and Northwoods Poultry Fanciers Club Show location. Cutoff date for entries is post mark by August 25, 2020

Exhibiting & Promoting / If this was a normal ABC Show year?
« on: July 08, 2020, 09:56:22 PM »
I know that this has not been a normal year due to all of the cancelled shows due to the Coronavirus. If it was a typical show year, which option best describes you? The poll is set to run 90 days. One vote per member.

Exhibiting & Promoting / Wisconsin State Fair
« on: June 23, 2020, 01:10:11 PM »
For those planning on attending the ABC sanctioned meet at the Wisconsin State Fair, due to the Coronavirus the Wisconsin State Fair and their poultry show have been cancelled.

Ameraucana Marketplace / USPS SHIPPING ON CHICKS
« on: June 08, 2020, 03:16:16 PM »
I don't know how many of you ABC members got the email today from Ideal Poultry. It was a request to sign a petition to keep the USPS continuing to ship chicks and I assume would effect egg shipping also. Here is the text of their email:

Please Sign This Petition

Hello to all of our wonderful Customers!

As a member of Bird Shippers of America, we are asking for your help to keep live poultry shipping in the mail. As you may know, USPS is the only shipping method available to hatcheries like us to ship poultry to our customers. We need your help to keep this service going so that we can continue to fulfill your poultry needs. Below is a link to the petition where you will be able to read more information about this and be able to sign the petition and submit your comments.

Also, we encourage you to reach out to your Senators and Representatives directly with your thoughts and support for shipping poultry and the importance of doing so for this industry. The following are the links to contact them directly.

All of us here at Ideal Poultry appreciate your help with ensuring that we are able to continue shipping poultry via USPS to your post office.

The Fuchs Family

News and Information / April Poultry Press Article
« on: April 04, 2020, 04:56:54 PM »
For those of you that have access to Poultry Press, be sure to check out Paul Smith's ABC article in the April issue of PP. It brings you up to date on results of the ABC South Central District Meet for 2019. It was a very good show with 100 Ameraucana entries shown. The article starts on page 4, continues to page 5 and finishes on page 7. Thanks Paul for another great meet and report!

I just got home from our final scheduled North Central ABC meet for 2019. It was an ABC Club meet in Lincoln NE on November 23-24. LF Judge was Brian Gates with Bantam classes judged by Larry Denny. LF had 22 entries with 4 exhibitors with Blacks being the largest class of 15. Bantam entries were 25 birds with a number of varieties shown by 2 exhibitors. Photos below of each variety class starting with LF with 3 varieties, followed by Bantam photos. Results were LF Blacks (15) BV RB a cockerel show by Andrea Drenth of Bur Oak Farm (ND). RV a Black Pullet shown by Jerry DeSmidt (WI). Blue Hen BV and Blue  Cock RV shown by Gordon Gilliam. Whites rounded out the LF with BV BB RES AOSB on a hen and RV on a cockerel both shown by Jerry DeSMIDT.
All Bantam classes BV and RV were won by Jerry DeSmidt.

Exhibiting & Promoting / North Central Club Meet in Lincoln NE
« on: October 17, 2019, 03:45:09 PM »
Catalogs are now available for the Nebraska State Poultry Assn Show. This is an ABC sanctioned Club Meet on Nov 23-24 2019 in Lincoln NE. You can download a catalog and entry form by going to Click on catalog in the top center and it will take you to 2 PDF files to download. One for a catalog, one for a entry form. You can also reach the show secretary Vicki Gillam (my niece) at or 612-384-8217.

Exhibiting & Promoting / 2019 NC ABC District Meet
« on: September 10, 2019, 11:49:46 PM »
The entry forms are now available to download for the Central Illinois Poultry Show. Just go to Poultry Show and search by state (Illinois) and look for Central Illinois Poultry Show. The show will be at the McLean Interstate Center in Bloomington, IL on October 5, 2019. This will be the ABC North Central District Meet for 2019. Ameraucana Breeders Club may be spelled wrong on the entry form, but be assured that this is an ABC sanctioned meet. Come bring your best birds and show the poultry world how to spell AMERAUCANA! Be assured the word Ameraucana is spelled right on the Trophies! Entry deadline is September 25, 2019. I hope to see you there!

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