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News and Information / Junior membership sponsorship
« on: August 10, 2022, 06:56:23 PM »
ABC member Valorie Woods Spence has offered to sponsor the cost of 5 junior memberships! Junior members receive a 90 page handbook, are eligible to receive a Best of Breed rosette at ABC sanctioned meets regardless of the number of exhibitors or entries, can earn exhibitor points, and receive quarterly bulletins among other things!

If you are interested, please send our Facebook page a message or you can contact the club secretary at!

On behalf of the club, thank you Valorie!

Breeding / Re: Ameraucana eye color
« on: August 09, 2022, 01:18:20 PM »
You’re welcome. Thanks for all that you do Gordon.

Breeding / Ameraucana eye color
« on: August 08, 2022, 11:34:09 PM »
Someone asked about proper eye color for the Ameraucana breed.  The standard calls for the eye color of an Ameraucana to be reddish bay.

While the term “reddish bay” is not specifically defined within the standard, “bay” is defined as “an intermingling of red and yellow in the iris caused by surface capillaries in the eyes.” This definition lays the groundwork for correctly identifying “reddish bay” eye color.

Keep in mind that the standard was written for sexually mature birds. Pullets and cockerels that have grey or green eye color are typically headed in the right direction to achieve reddish bay eye color. Pullets or cockerels with brown or black eyes will not achieve correct eye color.

The following Ameraucana hen has eye color that would be considered reddish bay. A smidge more of a reddish cast would be acceptable too.

*Photo credit Jessica Rodgers

Upcoming Meets / Bluebonnet Classic, 1/7/23, Navasota, TX
« on: August 06, 2022, 02:28:57 PM »
Show Name:  Bluebonnet Classic
Meet Type: Club
Show Start - End Dates:  1/7/2023
Host Club:  Brazos Valley Poultry Club
Show Facility:  Grimes County Fairgrounds
Show Address: 5220 FM 3455
Show City, St, Zip:   Navasota, TX 77868
Show Secretary:   Dan Dykes
Show Secretary's Email:

Upcoming Meets / 7220 Poultry Show, 9/16/22, Laramie, WY
« on: August 01, 2022, 06:47:03 PM »
Show Name:   7220 Poultry Show
Meet Type: Club
Show Start - End Dates: 9/16/22 
Host Club:    7220 Poultry
Show Facility:  Albany County Fairgrounds
Show Address:  3510 South 3rd St
Show City, St, Zip:  Laramie, WY 82070
Show Secretary:    Ellie Riske
Show Secretary's Email:

Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Worming / Parasite Control
« on: July 18, 2022, 11:33:21 PM »
Yes you can add it to their water and pull it after 24 hours.

A few other suggestions came to mind in regard to being proactive.

Some people do a preventative dosage of Denagard prior to attending shows. 8 cc/ml (1.5 teaspoons) per gallon for 3 to 5 days prior to the show.

You may want to consider spraying your birds with a flea and tick spray as a preventative measure prior to attending shows.

Lastly, I like to spray my barn stalls and chicken coops with permethrin 10 every few months as a precautionary measure. The dilution instructions are on the bottle.

Hope some of this info is helpful. Good luck.

Upcoming Meets / Klein Poultry Extravaganza, 12/3/2022, Klein, TX
« on: July 18, 2022, 05:46:13 PM »
Show Name:  Klein Poultry Extravaganza
Meet Type: Club
Show Start - End Dates:  12/3/2022
Host Club:  Klein FFA Alumni
Show Facility:  Klein ISD Multipurpose Center
Show Address: 7500 FM 2920
Show City, St, Zip:   Klein, TX 77379
Show Secretary:   Rebecca Brummond
Show Secretary's Email:

Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Worming / Parasite Control
« on: July 17, 2022, 09:47:55 AM »
I would recommend using injectable ivermectin. 1.5 ml per gallon and pull eggs for 2 weeks.

Breeding / Re: Chocolate Wheaten F1
« on: July 14, 2022, 09:00:09 PM »
For fun, here is a link to the thread on the first chocolate Ameraucana by Jean Ribbeck:,1686.msg11148.html#msg11148

Breeding / Re: Chocolate Wheaten F1
« on: July 14, 2022, 01:50:09 PM »
You’re welcome. :)

Breeding / Re: Chocolate Wheaten F1
« on: July 13, 2022, 09:28:14 PM »
Finally have my first cross towards Chocolate Wheatens.

I'm loving the mauve chicks that hatched and that got me to thinking..... I know for regular blues that they need to have the lacing effect, but I think blue wheatens are not supposed to be laced? Or are they? If so should mauve wheatens (or regular mauve) be laced?

I know some people set up different pens depending on if they're breeding for blue vs breeding for black.

Basically I'm wanting to work on chocolate and mauve wheaten and possibly chocolate and mauve and want to know if the mauve/mauve wheaten should be laced.


Congratulations on your progress with your chocolate wheaten project.

The standard for a blue wheaten male calls for the breast and wings to be laced with dark blue.

The blue wheaten males do not carry true lacing genes, and frankly in my opinion the standard verbiage should technically state for those areas to be *edged with dark blue.

The genes that create true lacing, like in the blue Andalusian (and in some lines of blue Ameraucana that have been outcrossed to blue Andalusian), are the Pg, MI, and Co genes.

If our blue wheaten males actually carried true “lacing” genes, their female counterparts would as well and they would be laced too. As you know from working with the varieties, blue wheaten females do not have lacing nor carry all the genes for it.

So, in that respect, when working with any chocolate x wheaten and chocolate x blue wheaten crosses, they should not be laced.

Thank you. Jean was a lot of help with the design scheme of the egg color chart. Hopefully the handbook will help folks raise standard-bred Ameraucana for years to come.

You’re welcome. Hope you both have an egg-cellent week.

Show Name:  Dayton Fancy Feather Show
Meet Type: District
Double Show
Show Start - End Dates:   10/1/22 - 10/2/22
Host Club:  Dayton Fancy Feather
Show Facility:  Darke County Fairgrounds
Show Address:   800 Sweitzer Street
Show City, St, Zip:  Greenville, OH 45331
Show Secretary:    Amanda Heitzman
Show Secretary's Email:

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