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Ameraucana Marketplace / Large Fowl Ameraucana Chicks
« on: March 18, 2018, 02:10:13 PM »
  We should be able to supply Large Fowl Ameraucana chicks from our March 19, 2018 hatch.

Black, Blue, Splash,
Wheaten, Blue Wheaten, Splash Wheaten
White and Self Blue.

Paul & Angela Smith
Call 940-768-8705

Ameraucana Marketplace / For Sale Large Fowl Ameraucana Pullets
« on: March 18, 2018, 02:07:37 PM »
Over 60 Large Fowl pullets
(April 10, 2017-Oct. 16, 2017)
and a few young Large Fowl hens.
Black, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Buff, Wheaten, and White.

Also a few Large Fowl cockerels for breeding.

Paul & Angela Smith
Call 940-768-8505

Ameraucana Marketplace / Ameraucana Large Fowl Hatching Eggs
« on: March 18, 2018, 02:02:02 PM »
Ameraucana Large Fowl Hatching Eggs

Ameraucana Large Fowl Hatching eggs in
Black, Blue, Splash, and White
Now available from our show breeding flock.

 Paul & Angela Smith
 Call 940-768-8405

Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Ice Storm
« on: February 25, 2018, 04:35:53 PM »
  Our weather is so different now, there is no norm for our area anymore.  We plan to continue with the eggs through their hatch date.  The temp was like a roller coaster inside the incubators.  Hopefully some will still hatch.  We will post the outcome.  Thanks for adding to the hope.

Exhibiting & Promoting / Re: New Master Exhibitor
« on: February 25, 2018, 04:33:19 PM »
  A special thanks to all who responded with words of encouragement.


Housing, Health & Hatching / Ice Storm
« on: February 23, 2018, 02:59:33 PM »
  We survived the ice storm and power outage.  Hopefully our seventh hatch of the season did also.  They were started at 9:30 AM on Tuesday  Feb. 13, 2018-one day late due to Matthew showing at the San Antonio and San Angelo hog shows.

  Our electricity temporarily went out on Wednesday Feb. 21, at 7:15 AM and 9:15 AM.  1:15 PM it went down.  We fired-up our seventeen year old generator and plugged in two GQF incubators and a heat lamp on chicks just removed from our incubator from our sixth hatch only moments before the outage.  This was our first experience using the generator for the incubators.  The electric power has temporarily gone out several times while we were hatching in the past, but this is the first time that it stayed out.  We purchased the generator to run the travel trailer that we use to take to the poultry shows.

  The generator ran great for about three hours, then terrible for another one and half hours before dying.  We immediately went to town to purchase another generator to find all 3 stores closed due to out of power.  Some parts of Gainesville had power and others didn’t.  We had to go to Sherman, a neighboring town 40 miles away to purchase a new generator.  The incubators and heat lamp were off for 3 ½ hours by the time we had the new generator in operation.  Three freezers and two refrigerators were also powered up by 10:00 PM.  The incubators were closely monitored and adjusted in an attempt to maintain the correct temp as the room temp decreased due to the heat being out.  Electricity was restored at 8:00 AM on Thursday Feb. 22, only to have it go out again at 10:00 AM and remained out until 6:00 PM.  The generator rested for 2 hours then back to work for another 8.

  We are eager to see what hatches on March 6 as this is a new experience for us.

Breeding / Re: Documenting project colors for Qualifying meets
« on: February 23, 2018, 08:36:59 AM »
  If I understand correctly, the paper that we filled out at both Shawnee, OK. and Knoxville, TN. must be filled out at any show that happens to have the 4, 4, 4, 4 requirement, and signed by the judge.

Breeding / Re: Documenting project colors for Qualifying meets
« on: February 20, 2018, 09:24:38 PM »
  I can assure everyone that there was never a show with 4 self blue of each class before the prequalifying meet in Shawnee, OK. in Dec. 2016!  The most I ever remember seeing was about 8 head at one of the national meets several years ago.

  There was only 1 LF splash C shown, 5 splash bantams-2 pullets, 1 cockerel, 1 hen and 1 cock.  There were 23 self blue bantams-8 pullets, 5 cockerels, 8 hens and 2 cocks.  This show was two cocks short of qualifying for a prequalifying meet.  My memory isn't that good-I checked my show records.  LOL!

  Thanks Ernie, and congratulations to you on your recent wins at the Comanche show.  I can only imagine what its like to have a double, double show-trying to keep all the photos correct for four judgings.  Some of our Ameraucana shows have grown to be very large, making the AOSB class be one of the largest classes in LF.  I can see this happening in the bantams in the near future.  Looking forward to showing with you at Beaumont.

Breeding / Re: Documenting project colors for Qualifying meets
« on: February 20, 2018, 06:59:31 PM »
  Hopefully we have learned from our mistake and can do both LF and Bantam splash at the same time.  Hopefully, we will not wait five years to be able to have 5 breeders who can sign an affidavit that they have bred the self blue bantams for 5 years while maintaining an APA membership, plus 2 years of prequalifying meets and 2 years of qualifying meets.  I'll be ready to start the splash recognition project within two years-while I'm still young enough to ride or drive-mostly ride-a long distance.  I think the bantam self blue recognition and splash recognition need to be simultaneously.

Breeding / Re: Documenting project colors for Qualifying meets
« on: February 20, 2018, 11:20:20 AM »
  The recognition process is a lengthy process which will require a lot of effort from many people who will commit to breeding them.  The first step is to acquire some and join the APA and ABA.

Ameraucana Marketplace / White and Blue chicks
« on: February 01, 2018, 11:19:58 AM »
  We may be able to supply white and blue chicks form our Feb. 5 hatch.  The other varieties are heavily booked for this hatch.  Contact Paul Smith by e-mail or call 940-768-8405 for order info.

Housing, Health & Hatching / Red Cell Vitamin
« on: January 28, 2018, 09:40:09 AM »
  We purchased a gallon of Red Cell for horses to use in our breeder's feed.  We have heard and read where it is suppose to boost the old cocks fertility which we have been having a problem with.  The first Red Cell feed was fed Saturday Jan. 27, 2018.

  One cup of Red Cell was mixed with approximately one gallon of fish meal/soybean meal/vita-ferm-Cattlemans Blend.  Then this damp meal mixture was added to 50 pounds of wheat, 10 pounds oats, 5 pounds of commercial layer feed, some grower grit and a pint of oyster shell.  One mixer of this feed will feed our breeding pens for two days.  The remaining 5 days of the week we will use corn oil in the meals to dampen them and give them a clinging ability to stick to the whole grains.  This experiment should last about 16 weeks per gallon of Red Cell.

  Anyone have experience with Red Cell that they would like to share?

  We maybe able to supply blue and white large fowl day old Ameraucanas from our fourth hatch -Jan. 23, 2018.  The other varieties are already booked for this hatch.  E-mail or call 940-768-8405 for more information.

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