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We had what will be my last show of the year in Comanche last weekend.
It was just me and Aaron Hickson, but you get judged 4 times so it feels like a good a good consensus.
There's no junior show.
Pics to follow.

Housing, Health & Hatching / Cold Weather Tolerance
« on: February 01, 2022, 10:44:11 AM »
I live in Fort Worth, Texas.  And I know most of you live in colder areas than me.  We have some cold weather coming and I wanted to ask some advice.  I know in general the birds can handle much colder than I probably will ever get here, but I have a question.  I have some pens built up off the ground.  They are covered on top and back and open in front and ventilated below. The birds stay dry in there just fine, but I'm concerned how much cold they can take like this.  Last winter we had worse cold and for longer, I moved them all out as it was my first winter with these cages, but would kind of like to know how cold they might be ok in here.  Pic is of the pens. Thanks Yankees! 

Exhibiting & Promoting / Bluebonnet Classic Double Show, Navasota Texas
« on: January 10, 2022, 10:24:49 AM »
We had a nice show this weekend in Navasota.
Great little venue with fancy wood floors, good bbq and nice people.
*Note a few of the open bantams cooped out before I could get a picture of the last show.  But they are mostly in the first show. There are no pictures of the Green Card Open Bantams.
Here's your winners!

Breeding / Leakage in hackles of black large fowl
« on: December 15, 2021, 04:24:31 PM »
I'm sure I could search this up and figure it out, but with all the experts here I thought I'd just let y'all tell me.
Ok, so I had a breeding pair of black LF last year.
Some of the males from this hatch show hackle leakage, some do not.
Obviously I will not use those with leakage.
Their father did not show leakage and he is now dead and gone, rip.
So I know the female can carry the leakage and not display it.
But does that mean she carries it or can it not be determined with this information only.
Also the sons that do not show leakage, can they still carry it?
She's a nice hen and I'd like to use her, but don't want to keep the leakage.

We had a good show this weekend in Shawnee Oklahoma.
Daniel Cook's black cockerel took Best of Breed as well as AOSB and Reserve Large Fowl.
Brad Stonebarger of Triple S Farm took home the top prize with BB and Res AOCCL with a black cock bantam in open and Gracie Stonebarger of Triple S Farm took the BB and Res AOCCL with a black cockerel in juniors as well as Best of Breed large fowl with a black pullet.  Good job to Daniel and the Stonebargers on some nice birds and good win.
Pics in following posts.

Exhibiting & Promoting / 2021 Klein Poultry Extravaganza Show
« on: December 06, 2021, 08:14:41 AM »
We had a club show in Klein, TX on 12/6/21.  A double show.
Aaron Hickson's black cock took BB and CH AOSB in both shows.
There were no Junior Large Fowl exhibited.
Pictures to follow.

Here's some pictures from the show.
Starting with Open Bantam Winners.

Breeding / Egg Fertility
« on: June 02, 2021, 12:56:42 PM »
I sold a group of 5 hens and 1 cock to a guy a few moths back.  All black LF.  I had them already in that group along with a couple more hens.  They are all last spring birds, so a little over a year old.  I hatched from this group for a couple months and everything was good.  I sold him the cock from the group and about half the hens that he chose.  Since then he's had problems with egg fertility.
At first I suggested it might be the movement to the new place, change in diet etc.
Then a few weeks later it's even less.  I suggested maybe egg storage but didn't really know what else to consider.  He's hatching well from other breeds at this time so I figure probably storage isn't a big issue.
It's not all hot here yet like it usually is, but I've stopped hatching so can't really comment on my fertility at present.  I offered to swap him the male but he wants to try some more. 
What might you consider telling someone having the same problem?

News and Information / APA Newsletter Drama
« on: April 20, 2021, 01:15:18 PM »
I got my APA newsletter and when I tried to go back and read it, now it's gone.
I got the email about the retraction, now seeing the drama going on on FB.
I don't know what it's about or trying to stir up trouble, but wouldn't mind a discussion or explanation just to keep in the loop.

Website Changes / No Emojis?
« on: April 16, 2021, 01:30:21 PM »
I can't post emojis or put images inline.  My display lists them but with no image like it can't load it.
Is this everyone or just me.  Screenshot as attachment.

Exhibiting & Promoting / Bantam Blue Cock Picture Wanted
« on: April 16, 2021, 01:23:14 PM »
I hate to say it, but we have a lot of good picture on the ABC website. 
But one that comes up fairly quickly is a crazy looking bantam blue cock.
I don't know who's that is, and I'm not looking for a fight.  He just looks kind of crazy.
I'm sure he was/is a fine bird in real life but that picture!
Maybe they are pretty rare and nobody has better, or maybe I'm out of line.
I thought I'd ask, I don't like how he looks at me, lol.

Housing, Health & Hatching / Opinion on Egg Turning Problem
« on: April 12, 2021, 03:48:21 PM »
Never mind the backstory as to why but I'm going to have to go about a week without turning some incubating eggs.  My question is this.  At what point of the process would it be less damaging in your opinion.  Day 1-7 or 11-18?
Thanks for your input.

Ameraucana Marketplace / Large Fowl Chicks Available
« on: March 27, 2021, 06:56:57 AM »
I have wheaten, blue wheaten, black and white large fowl chicks available in the coming weeks this spring if anyone is interested.  Shipping from or pickup in Fort Worth, Texas.  See website for more info.

Exhibiting & Promoting / APA Poultry Show
« on: May 23, 2020, 03:07:14 PM »
Is anyone going to participate in the APA Virtual Show?  I think we will for fun.  They said the club with the most entries will receive their Directory Ad for free.  So how about we represent these fine Ameraucana!
Here's a link to the entry.

Housing, Health & Hatching / NPIP Certification
« on: May 17, 2019, 08:11:38 PM »
We are in Texas.  It is my understanding that in order to show in some states we need the NPIP certification.  We are interested in going to some Oklahoma shows.  Information on the "how-to" of this is sketchy on the internet.  Since it's run by the government it's always difficult right?  But thought I'd ask here for some pro tips.  Best I can tell is I apply through an Oklahoma form, and through that get my cert which is good Nationally?  Thanks for your help.

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