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Thanks Max Strawn for taking the photos and filling out the show reports it is greatly appreciated.

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Large Fowl winning birds

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Open Bantam winning birds

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Photos of winning birds Junior Show

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  Only 5 days left to enter the South Central District ABC meet, the first qualifying self blue meet and the national APA meet in Shawnee, Oklahoma.  The show is called North American Poultry Breeders.  The show is Nov. 17 & 18.  If you raise large fowl self blue Ameraucanas, the ABC could use your support if you are an adult member of the APA.  We must have 5 APA members show in each of the four classes C, H, K, P, and a minimum of five more self blue of any sex for a total of 25 head.

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Ameraucana Marketplace / Re: Seeking Bantam Wheaten male
« on: October 13, 2018, 11:17:44 AM »
You may try.

Jeff & Sherry Vance
Sherry Klaus
Peggy Taylor

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Exhibiting & Promoting / 2018 ABC National Meet
« on: September 14, 2018, 08:42:26 PM »
Good news!
Amanda Heitzman said "The deadline to enter the ABC national at the Dayton Fancy Feather Club Show in Greenville, Ohio has been extended to September 21, and she will take e-mail entries!  Angela and I entered 6 pullets (1 each of black, blue, blue wheaten, wheaten, white and self blue).  They were put into conditioning pens on 9-11.  Its been way too hot to risk any earlier by caging them.  A few weeks ago we saw 114ºF!  The early males are not in any condition to show.  Hopefully we will have some ready for the later shows.  Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

  Paul Smith

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Exhibiting & Promoting / Re: South-Central ABC Meets
« on: August 27, 2018, 05:21:30 PM »
  We are not going to as many shows as we did last season.  Presently we are undecided which ones we plan to show, other than our ABC national in Greenville, OH., and our SC district which is the first self blue qualifying meet at the Shawnee, OK. APA national meet.  Angela booked our room last week.

  The extreme heat wave has had an adverse effect on the birds and most fanciers.  We saw it 114ºF a few weeks ago!  Presently we only have 2 blue pullets caged for the shows.  Its still too warm to risk them.  They need to be caged at least 8 weeks before the show.  Our national is less than 6 weeks away!
 
 

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Exhibiting & Promoting / South-Central ABC Meets
« on: August 26, 2018, 09:21:51 AM »
  Jacob Bates called me last week to ask if the ABC would like to place a meet at the HOTPA-double judged show in Fayetteville, Arkansas on November 3-4, 2018.  Does any ABC member want to request this show or any other shows in the district?  The deadlines to be listed as a meet in the show catalogs are nearing for most shows!

  Presently we have booked

Red River Bantam Club,-Gainesville, TX.
Bluebonnet Classic-College Station, TX.
Missouri State Poultry Show-Sedalia, MO.
North American Poultry Breeders-Shawnee, OK. Our district meet and first self blue qualifying meet
Pelican State Classic-Haynesville, LA.

I may be contacted by e-mail: psmith@ntin.net  or call 940-768-8405 to request an ABC club meet.

Thanks,

Paul Smith


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 We set our first fall incubators for 2018 on Monday August 20.  Five hundred-sixty eggs of self blue, wheaten/blue wheaten/splash wheaten, white, black, blue and splash were set.  They will be due to hatch September 10.  We have several chick orders but should be able to supply more than what is presently booked.

  We have learned the past few years from experience that the fall hatch rates are usually a very low hatch percentage.  This is due to the heat wave causing the males not to breed.  Also when a cock is in molt he is temporarily sterile.  A hen doesn’t lay while she is in molt which decreases egg production.

  We were at 114ºF a few weeks ago.  The eggs were gathered three times a day during the heat wave.  They were literally baking inside their shells.  The hatching eggs are stored inside a freezer that has had its thermostat replaced with a thermostat from a window AC unit.  This will allow the freezer to be set at 62ºF to 64ºF which is ideal for storing hatching eggs.

  Even though all the adversities causing low hatch rates, the ones that do manage to hatch do extremely well that time of year.  They are fresh and ready to show in March and April for our late shows.  They also start laying early in life usually in March.  Also if an older cock which is in a breeding pen goes into molt, a September cockerel can replace him!  Needless to say I like raising September chicks, so we set as many hatching eggs as possible.

  If someone wants some of these September chicks or from our later hatches, order information maybe obtained by e-mailing psmith@ntin.net or call Paul at 940-768-8405.

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This will be an ABC meet for both shows.

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Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Over 2 decades of experience
« on: August 08, 2018, 09:29:24 PM »
                                                       Vaccination Program

  Time has gotten away!  I can hardly believe its been almost two years since I have shared on this thread.  Plan to do better in the future.

  Summer is an excellent time to start an annual vaccination program for your flock.  As the temps get high, the interest in purchasing birds gets low.  Its too hot to ship birds and the incubators are shut down, so ceasing all movement of birds doesn’t disrupt much.

  We vaccinate our entire flock for LT when the last retained hatch of our hatching season is four weeks of age.  Laryngotracheitis is a viral respiratory disease that infects chickens (normally 14 weeks or older) pheasants, peacocks, chickens and turkeys.  Each state animal health agency has its own rules dealing with LT.  Texas’s rules are , if you get LT in your flock, your flock will be euthanized.  Pennsylvania and Georgia use to require that the birds must be vaccinated before they can be shown.  We had the misfortune of losing out flock in 2004.  The Texas Animal Health Commission worked with us to allow us to save hatching eggs so we could retain our genetics before the entire flock was destroyed.  The large commercial flocks do not want to have to vaccinate for LT, so the plan is to keep LT out of the state.

  There are two kinds of vaccine for LT.  The only one that should be used in a breeding show flock is LT-IVAX which is a highly modified live virus vaccine that will not cause the vaccinated birds to be carriers of LT.  It is intended to be an eye drop, but should be dropped into the bird’s nostrils so it will not cause eye infections.  The instructions say it may cause eye infections, remove the doubt; it will cause eye problems if dropped into the eye.

  A second round of LT vaccination must be administered six weeks later.  The entire flock is vaccinated again.  A few weeks after the first round of LT vaccinations, the entire flock is vaccinated for fowl pox.  Fowl Pox is caused by a virus which is carried by mosquitoes.  A poultry person doesn’t have to go to a show or anything to get fowl pox.  The mosquitoes will bring it to your birds.  White sores normally will appear on the birds’ combs and waddles (if they have waddles), and red parts of their face.

  Pox vaccinations are administered with a double needle applicator which comes with the vaccine.  The applicator is dipped into the vaccine which charges both needles.  Spread the birds wing.  Remove fluff feather from the underside of the web (about the size of a dime).  Then push the needles through the birds web missing any large blood vessels, bones and the wing muscles.  Continue the same process until all birds are vaccinated.  The chicks need to be at least 8 weeks old for the pox vaccine that we use.  Some pox vaccines allow 6 week old chicks to be vaccinated. 

  A test can be preformed to see if mosquitoes are in your area.  Put about 2 inches of water in a 5 gallon bucket, then place a gallon jug inside the bucket.  Place the 5 gallon bucket with the water and jug in the area you want tested, in the early afternoon or evening.  The next morning remove the gallon jug and watch for mosquitoes to fly out of the 5 gallon bucket.  I have performed this experiment with rain water, well water and chlorinated community water with very little to no noticeable difference in the number of mosquitoes in each bucket.

  There are several diseases which infect poultry.  Many diseases have vaccines to prevent them from infecting the birds.  Each state has its own rules dealing with each disease.  Texas doesn’t allow several of the vaccines to be used.  Check with your state’s animal health agency for information on which diseases your flock should be vaccinated for protection in your area.

  I use to have the attitude-”Why vaccinate if you don’t have a problem?”  The answer is, so you will not have a problem.  The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure” comes to be true when dealing with poultry diseases.”

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Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Breeding pens
« on: June 30, 2018, 05:17:06 PM »
  Cardboard vision blockers are often used at the shows when cocks or cockerels need isolation to prevent fighting through the wire coops.  This works in cages also!  I've seen clear plastic sheets tried, but it doesn't work very well.

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Exhibiting & Promoting / Re: ABC Meets for South-Central District
« on: June 27, 2018, 08:52:53 PM »
  Meets can only be requested by ABC members-show secretaries are not eligible unless they are an ABC member.  This is a rule that the ABC has, so the show report will not return-reporting none shown.  The ABC member who request the meet is expected to show at the meet. I know sometimes things happen that can prevent an exhibitor from showing, especially when the meets need to be requested several months in advance of the show to be listed in the show catalog.  I know you are an ABC member.  This was shared for others who may not be a member.

  To request a meet, contact your district director and ask that the show be an ABC club meet.  Your director is Larry Clionski.  Then the director completes the forms and sends them to the show secretary, Susan Mouw, the ABC secretary, and Temple DaSilva the ABC meet coordinator. 

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  We are now accepting orders for our fall 2018 spring 2019 day old large fowl Ameraucana chicks in black, blue, splash, wheaten, blue wheaten, splash wheaten, white, self blue and self blue splits.  We plan to have one hatch in each month of Sept., Oct., and Nov.  Then one hatch every two weeks starting Jan. 7, 2019 ending May 28, 2019.  Order information may be obtained by emailing psmith@ntin.net

 Paul & Angela Smith

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