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Thanks Kris and Lindsay for all the cool photos. Also thanks Paul for ramrodding another sucessful step in getting the LF Splash as a recognized variety!

Congratulations Lindsay on your wins. Nice birds and worthy of their wins and pictures. Keep up the stiff competition!

News and Information / Re: 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award
« on: October 31, 2021, 04:05:11 PM »
Thanks for all the nice comments and congratulations. I wish all the ABC members could have the experience that I have had being on the ABC Board 0f Directors the past few years. It has not only been a pleasure, but truly a great experience for me working with other BOD. You get to see how hard they work behind the scene promoting and elavating our outstanding breed. Great people with a vision for the Ameraucana breed!

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!

Breeding / Re: Proven reproducers
« on: October 24, 2021, 06:10:11 AM »
Stephan, I will start out in my breeding pens with older cockerels and young cocks with up to 6 hens. In most cases as the cocks and hens grow older, say 3-4 years old and fertility is not an issue I will usually change my breeding pens to trio or quads. As the birds grow older It may change to pairs. As Lindsay said you may retire birds not because of fertility issues, but because of your younger stock coming in as replacements. If you are constantly working on improving areas in your birds and having success, as you noted older birds may be put out to pasture because of their usefulness. Hopefully your youger birds growing out will be your breeders of the future. There is one thing that may cause this to change and that is PREDATORS! It may make you take one step forward and several steps back, but that is another story. As has been my experience, preators always go for the cream of your crop!

Breeding / Re: Wheaten and blue wheaten progress
« on: October 05, 2021, 07:37:23 PM »
Nice pictures Lindsay, but better yet NICE BIRDS!!!!

Exhibiting & Promoting / Re: Red River Bantam Club Show October 2, 2021
« on: October 03, 2021, 01:48:54 PM »
Congratulations Paul and Angela on your show wins. LF Self Blue Ameraucana recognition continue to rise on the show room floor!

Exhibiting & Promoting / Re: 2021 ABC National Meet Laramie, Wyoming
« on: September 27, 2021, 04:33:35 PM »
Lindsay, what else do you expect when the pro does his job?

Breeding / Re: Low fertility of the Ameraucana breed
« on: September 24, 2021, 12:16:00 AM »
I think Kris may be on to something. With 9 hens and one cock, sometimes a cock will have his favorites and only cover those hens. If you have the room perhaps you could separate the hens in 3 pens of 3. Then rotate the cock into each pen for 2-3 days then in another pen in rotation and then back to the first pen. If this doesn't
increase fertility in the eggs, as Kris said about the cocks not feeling good. I would check to see if you could get their runny noses under control. Many things could be causing this. Things to check for include dust or bedding irritation, ventilation, or more severe issues as respiratory disease which could be fungal, viral, or bacterial. If the runny nose gets more severe and causes other issues, you may need to consult a poultry vet.

Exhibiting & Promoting / Re: 2021 national meet
« on: September 22, 2021, 10:21:46 AM »
Thanks Lindsay for the great video! Watching it was like being there at the show. I enjoyed every minute of it!

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

Breeding / Re: Egg Fertility
« on: June 02, 2021, 02:49:52 PM »
Kris, do you think a change of feed could be a factor in fertility? Another idea I had was location of his breeding pen. I had a rooster once that all he wanted to do was pace back and forth at his divider fence and try to get at the rooster on the other side. He didn't tend to business at hand and that pen had a low fertility rate. Oh rereading your post I see you had already ruled out diet. Keep us posted if you find the answer.

My dog likes to go to shows with me, but he is not always allowed at shows. Well back to working on the kids, but they are too old to learn new ways. Grandkids? They live too far away.

Actually it was my brother (Vicki's dad) that got me started in poultry. Along the way he gave me a Wheaten Ameraucana cockerel. That got me a start into the world of Ameraucanas. Vicki has carried on with poultry, but none of my 3 kids ever got the bug! My oldest daughter will go to shows with me to help drive, but that's about all. Brother passed away 2 years ago so I have lost my major mentor. He was like the ABC Forum search feature. He had been in poultry for over 60 years.

Unfortunately she has to claim me as her uncle. She is my brothers daughter, therefore my niece. What is that old saying? "You can pick your friends, but not your relatives!"

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