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Upcoming Meets / 9/2/2023 Fayette County Fair La Grange, TX
« Last post by Lindsay Helton on July 30, 2023, 11:55:22 AM »
Show Name: Fayette County Fair
Host Club: Fayette County Fair Association
Meet Type: Club
Show Start - End Dates:   9/2/2023
Show Facility:   Fayette County Fairgrounds
Show Location: La Grange, TX
Show Secretary:  Dan Dykes
Show Secretary's Email:
Breeding / Re: Feathering on an Ameraucana
« Last post by Lindsay Helton on July 28, 2023, 07:42:50 PM »
Thanks guys!
Breeding / Re: Feathering on an Ameraucana
« Last post by Birdcrazy on July 28, 2023, 11:54:28 AM »
Another great job Lindsay!
Breeding / Re: Feathering on an Ameraucana
« Last post by kkdossey on July 28, 2023, 11:10:46 AM »
Thanks for the great info!
Breeding / Re: Feathering on an Ameraucana
« Last post by Lindsay Helton on July 26, 2023, 12:11:11 PM »
In this particular post, feathering applies to factors such as how they fit against the body (loosely vs tightly), whether they are compact or fluffy, etc. If you open up an APA Standard on page 29, it goes over some feather descriptions. If you look closely at the verbiage, the Ameraucana standard eludes to the type of feathering our birds should have. Take for instance the description for the muffs/beard, which uses terms like medium, well-rounded and forming three separate lobes. If we compare that verbiage to for instance that of a Faverolle, which is a soft feathered breed, we observe the difference in feathering via the written Standard. The description for the muffs and beard of a Faverolle states the beard should be elongated, muffs full, feathers projecting from face, extending to and covering ear-lobes. It’s neat to think about the differences in the standard writing of different breeds with traits in common, and why the verbiage is different.
Breeding / Feathering on an Ameraucana
« Last post by Lindsay Helton on July 26, 2023, 12:10:21 PM »
Someone asked about feathering on an Ameraucana. An Ameraucana should be neither soft/loose feathered nor hard/tight feathered. It is a medium/moderate bird in all respects, including feathering.

I am including a photo of a Cornish by Anthony Anthony which is representative of a bird with hard and tight feathering and a photo of a Cochin by Tom Roebuck which is representative of a bird with soft and loose feathering in case you are confused about what is meant by hard/tight feathered vs soft/loose feathered.
Show name: Indiana State Fair 4H Poultry Show
Meet Type: Club
Show Start - End Dates: 8/17/23 - 8/19/23
Host Club: Indiana State Fair
Show Facility: Indiana State Fairgrounds
Show Address: 1202 E. 38th Street
Show City, State, Zip: Indianapolis, Indiana 46205
Show Secretary: Ron Patterson
Show Secretary’s Contact:
News and Information / Christmas in July
« Last post by Lindsay Helton on July 17, 2023, 08:34:49 AM »
Join the ABC between 7/17 - 7/23 and receive a FREE egg color reference card!

The colors for our new egg color reference card were derived from Ameraucana eggshells and the samples are roughly 4x the size of the samples on our previous card. It is double-sided and printed on 5x7 cardstock!

Junior Membership: $10
Individual Membership: $12
Family Membership: $18

The purpose of the Ameraucana Breeders Club is to encourage the continued improvement of Ameraucana bantams and large fowl through breeding, exhibition, and dissemination of relevant information. Our new members receive a handbook that is packed with useful breeding information, quarterly newsletters, forum access, are eligible to earn exhibitor points and can qualify for rosettes. Members can list their hatching eggs, chicks, and adult birds for sale in our three Breeder’s Directories!
Breeding / White chick down
« Last post by Lindsay Helton on July 17, 2023, 05:33:18 AM »
An Ameraucana breeder on social media asked about the variance in color on her white Ameraucana chicks. Some were more yellow in color and others had more of a gray down. I thought I would start a thread on applicable scientific research on the subject.

From my understanding the down color variations in recessive white chicks have not been adequately clarified via research yet. If anyone else out there has come across something definitive please share it.

Some research reflects that the extended black (E) allele appears to be present when the recessive white chick downs have a gray cast (Jaap, 1943; Jeffrey, 1947). A cross of White Prat x Castellana by Campo in 1997 supported the hypothesis that the extended black allele (E) is necessary for gray or smokiness down to be present in recessive white chick down. However, in that particular study fewer than expected yellow chicks with gray down were observed. The expected proportion of white birds not carrying the columbian restriction gene (3/16) fit better, suggesting that E/- co+/co+ allows gray color to appear in recessive white chick down.

Jerome and Cavers (1952) completed a conflicting study that did not support the need for E to produce gray down. 27.6% of gray down chicks were produced from a flock of White Rocks based on e+e+.

In Jeffrey’s experiments, he found that red tints in the down of recessive white chicks apparently had no relation to the gene for gold, since a strain homozygous for silver still produced chicks, 10 percent of which carried red tints in the down.

A conflicting study found that gold in recessive white birds may promote the occurrence of salmon tints in progeny. A strain of White Rocks was found to be .68 for gold and .32 for silver. In the genotype of this strain, 18 percent of the chicks carried salmon tints. By testing and selecting, this strain was brought to a point where it was known to be homozygous for silver. The progeny at this point did not show a single chick with salmon tints in the down.

A  study in 1951 pointed towards autosomal red as being a causal factor for red or salmon colored tints in recessive white chick down.

As you can see, while there is scientific research out there for what causes the variance in chick down for recessive white birds, some of it is conflicting. From the research above, we find that the following factors may affect the chick down of recessive white birds:

Extended black (E) allele
Autosomal red
S/S Silver
s+/s+ Gold 

Here are a few links to studies to review.
Breeding / Re: Chocolate Wheaten F2
« Last post by Lindsay Helton on July 15, 2023, 01:28:32 PM »
Thanks for sharing!
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