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Thanks for the pictures and results Kris!

Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Cold Weather Tolerance
« on: February 01, 2022, 02:30:01 PM »
Kris, it is truly amazing what the Ameraucana Breed can tolerate in cold weather. I often think the cold weather is harder on me than my birds. When the temps get below zero and wind chill sets in, poor me, I have to take breaks to go inside to warm up. (More than once) The birds however have to keep out in the cold. Chore time for me is normally about 1 hour and 15 minutes a day, but in the sub-zero weather it can be hours. One thing about the Ameraucana Breed, is with the small pea comb, I do not have the combs freeze and fall off as when I had single comb birds.

Now on your question about housing. My main LF breeding pens and grow out pens are close to what you describe in your situation. I was tired of predators killing birds by digging into my pens with a shelter attached. About 15 years ago to try to combat this I started making my LF Breeding pens and my grow out pens 4 feet off the ground. Each one has a small house with a wood floor, enclosed on 4 sides and a metal roof. There is a small door for them to go to a runout pen. The runout pens have 1/2 x 1 welded wire bottoms (also 4 feet off the ground), sides and the ends are 1 x 1 welded wire mesh 24 inches tall. The tops are 1 x 1 welded wire mesh. Originally, I used 1 inch poultry netting for the sides and top of the runs. This worked well for me for about 12 years with no problems. Then about 2 years ago I started having raccoons tear into the poultry netting and kill birds. So last year I covered the poultry netting with 1 x 1 welded wire mesh. The birds seem to tolerate the cold weather well with this setup. Occasionally I might have adult bantams in these setups. My bantams are mainly in a regular chicken house in wire cages. It always seems to be a few degrees warmer in the chicken house than the outside pens for my bantams. I do have one other outside overflow pen for breeders in reserve that are not my primary breeders. it is off the ground also, but no enclosed shelter. The top and 3 sides are covered with a tarp and is open on the south side. The birds seem to endure well in this outside pen also.

Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Winter Doldrums
« on: January 31, 2022, 01:53:30 AM »
Let's see, 2 more days and it is February (a short but sometimes a very cold month for us here). Temps can easily go way below zero! March can be warmer, but also chances of heavier snow. I guess for now just dreams of April and spring weather!

News and Information / Re: New district rosettes have been received!
« on: January 21, 2022, 11:39:48 PM »
They look great Lindsay!

I know what you mean! With aisles closed for judging, birds being moved to Champion Row, then the mass exit for coop out, and uncooperative birds it sometimes is a challenge. Thanks again for the great effort and great pictures.

Thanks for the pics Kris. They make checking the show results much more enjoyable!

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 / Re: 2021 Klein Poultry Extravaganza Show
« on: December 06, 2021, 06:26:02 PM »
Thanks for the pictures Kris. Good job!

Exhibiting & Promoting / Re: 2021 ABC NC DISTRICT MEET RESULTS
« on: December 03, 2021, 01:16:08 PM »
Thanks everyone on the picture results. I still have a ways to go to catch up with Paul on his photography skills. Give me another 10 years to close the gap! We had a nice show overall with I think the final count was 1865 entries. We had 7 Ameraucana exhibitors from 5 states. A special thank you to the ABC members who had entries, Debbie Roamer (Colorado), Jerry DeSmidt (Wisconsin) Sara Church and Gordon Gilliam both from Nebraska. I hope to see even more ABC members at the 2022 ABC National Meet November 19-20 in Lincoln NE.

Exhibiting & Promoting / Re: 2021 ABC NC DISTRICT MEET RESULTS
« on: December 02, 2021, 01:27:39 PM »

Exhibiting & Promoting / Re: 2021 ABC NC DISTRICT MEET RESULTS
« on: December 02, 2021, 01:20:46 PM »

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 / Re: 2022 ABC National Meet
« on: November 28, 2021, 03:55:13 PM »
Thanks Lindsay, I knew that I could count on you.

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.

News and Information / Re: It’s ABC renewal time!
« on: November 11, 2021, 03:11:09 PM »
As Larry the cable guy says "GET'R DONE!"

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