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Housing, Health & Hatching / A Hard Lesson on Biosecurity
« on: August 24, 2017, 08:12:42 AM »
I have always considered myself a conscious observer and enforcer of good biosecurity practices on my property. About six weeks ago, I had a lapse in judgement and let my guard down. As a result, my birds have been infected with Laryngotracheitis (ILT) and the Texas Animal Health Commission will be depopulating most of my flock. Fortunately, they are willing to work with me to save my bloodlines and the hard work I have put into them. I will be quarantined and allowed to keep only a select few birds for breeding purposes. As soon as I have enough chicks, the remaining breeders will be depopulated.

To protect everyone and to prevent the possibility of spreading the virus, I will not be entering or visiting any poultry shows this year. As much as I would like to see and visit with my poultry friends, I feel like this is the right thing to do.

If you have been fortunate enough to avoid a devastating disease outbreak within your flock, don’t take it for granted and don’t let your guard down. It only takes one person, one bird, one touch or one step in the wrong spot to spread disease. If you are unfamiliar with good biosecurity practices, I encourage you to research and learn all you can. One day, it may prevent you from losing your flock.

If you show or plan to show, vaccinate and follow good quarantine practices when you return home. It could save your flock as well.

After this, I don’t know that I will ever let another poultry related person enter the yard. I suppose with proper biosecurity measures it would be ok, but at this point I’m not willing to risk it.

On a more positive note, I have the opportunity to start fresh and eliminate any other diseases that may be present including those that are carried through the egg such as MG. I don’t know how long it will last but at least I know where I am starting from.

Click the link below and scroll to page 9.

News and Information / HOTOPA Double Show-Fayetteville, AR
« on: November 08, 2016, 08:49:25 AM »
First of all, congrats to all the winners at the national meet! Meanwhile in Arkansas… Jan Geis was dominant at the HOTOPA double show, winning BV/BB CH AOSB in both shows with her beautiful black cockerel. He was reserve champ large fowl in show 1. She also had RB in both shows with a blue cock. Yes… I was sent home with my tail tucked and yelping like a scalded dog. I did manage to squeak out a RV with a blue pullet, BV/RV in Wheaten and Blue Wheaten, and everything in the bantams since I was the only one showing them.  Be sure to congratulate her on a job well done! She has come a long way in a short time. I’ll send the info to Paul so he can post an official report.

Ameraucana Marketplace / Large fowl chick orders
« on: December 28, 2015, 09:49:48 PM »
I'm now taking orders for day old large fowl chicks. Available in Blue, Black, Splash, Wheaten, and Blue Wheaten. I will start shipping in March. You can contact me at or 214-537-0334.  :)

Ameraucana Marketplace / Large fowl blue and black trio
« on: November 30, 2015, 03:52:54 PM »
I have a trio each of blue and black Ameraucana I can deliver to Shawnee.

Housing, Health & Hatching / Temp and humidity control
« on: May 07, 2015, 11:16:45 PM »
I would like to share my thoughts on temp and humidity. First, incubation techniques will vary depending on the climate where you live and the type of incubator you are using. Altitude, average humidity, etc. will have an effect on your particular setup. This is based on my local climate here in Texas using a GQF cabinet incubator.

Humidity control - I try to average 45% humidity for the first 18 days. If it drops below 40% or rises above 50% during that time I will make an adjustment. Once they are moved to the hatcher the humidity is raised to 60%. As the chicks begin to hatch, the humidity will rise to 65-70% on its own due to the wet hatching chicks. I have had great success with this method. Very few if any chicks that get stuck in the shell.

I use a digital hygrometer but only after it has been calibrated. To calibrate, pour about 1/4 cup of table salt in a cup and add just enough water to make it like wet sand. Put it in a gallon zip-lock bag along with the hygrometer and seal it up for a couple of hours. The humidity should read 75%. If it doesn't then just add or subtract the difference and write it on the unit. (Ex. If it reads 67% then write +8 on the unit)

Temp control - The most accurate thermometer I have found is a digital thermometer for humans. It can be purchased in the pharmacy at wal-mart. I drilled a small hole in the side of the cabinet about half way up and insert and just leave it there all the time. I only turn it on long enough to check/adjust temp and then turn it off. I try to keep the temp between 99.4 and 99.9 degrees. This thermometer is so sensitive you can adjust by .1 degrees.

Cabinet incubators are not a closed environment. They have air vents that constantly circulate and exchange the air inside the unit. The incubator temp and humidity will change with the room temp and humidity. For every 10 degrees of room temp change the incubator temp will change by 1 degree. The more stable you can keep your room the more stable the incubator will be.

I hope this helps. Feel free to share your opinions and experiences…  ;D

Exhibiting & Promoting / Masters Cup Poultry Show
« on: October 20, 2014, 01:01:29 PM »
Is anyone planning to enter this show? I have been considering it for a while. I know I may be out of my league but I think it would be fun to attend. There is one week left to decide...  :-\

I have someone in need of these. I can pick up in Fayetteville Nov. 1st or Shawnee Dec. 13th. If anyone knows anyone who can send something it is much appreciated.

Exhibiting & Promoting / 2014 State Fair of Texas
« on: October 10, 2014, 09:38:06 PM »
I cooped the birds in this afternoon and then did a rough count of Ameraucana coop cards. Looks like about 46 head of large fowl Ameraucanas in Blue, Black, Buff, and White were entered. Shoot!!... I knew I should have requested this as an Ameraucana special meet. I wasn't sure I was going to go until it was too late. Oh well, maybe next year. I will still post the results and pictures when it is history...

Breeding / Culling for Duckfoot
« on: April 10, 2014, 02:22:29 PM »
I am wondering, when should you cull for duckfoot? Should it be as soon as they hatch or should you let them grow for a while and see if it straightens out?

Breeding / Breeding for Success
« on: February 06, 2014, 11:56:15 PM »
Just finished reading Grant's new e-book "Breeding for Success". Lots of good information for the novice breeder/fancier. It can be purchased here...

Breeding / Poultry Genetics Seminar
« on: January 10, 2014, 12:51:07 PM »

Here is a link about the upcoming seminar in Morganton, NC. I had every intention of attending until I realized that is the same weekend I will be at the Houston Livestock Show with my son showing his lambs... :-\

Housing, Health & Hatching / Ice Storm
« on: December 16, 2013, 02:42:40 PM »
Sorry John,

I should have started a new thread for this. I will try to be more precise in the future...  :D

Breeding / Breeder Selection
« on: November 13, 2013, 04:51:56 PM »
•AMERAUCANA BREEDING AND SELECTION – THE FINER POINTS By Mike Gilbert November 2007; Revised October 2013

I'm looking forward to reading this, but until then...

I have been searching the forum for several days now trying to find a discussion on breeder selection. I try to find the answers to my questions before posting but can’t seem to do it this time. So, for the long time breeders like Mike and John, here are a few.

When selecting your breeders, do you look for anything outside the SOP description? I know with many breeds the best don’t always produce the best.

Would you, or have you ever considered double mating to produce better show birds? Such as with the Wheaten varieties…  I believe there are some breeds that require a cockerel breeding pen and a pullet breeding pen to produce the best show birds.

Thanks, and I hope I haven't overlooked the answers somewhere. I have a very good start from Paul and John and I want to do everything I can to maintain and continue improving their hard work...

Exhibiting & Promoting / HOTOPA - Fayetteville, Arkansas Show Results
« on: November 06, 2013, 12:49:23 PM »
The Heart of the Ozarks Poultry Association held their annual show on November 2, 2013. This was a double show. The first show was the ABC state meet. The second was a special meet. Unfortunately, there were no Ameraucanas shown in the junior show and no bantams shown in any show.  Ameraucanas were represented well in the open show with 34 birds shown by 4 exhibitors. The competition was very close and the judges were scratching their chins trying to decide who the winners were. Here are the unofficial results with pics to follow…

                          Show 1     State Meet       
BV Black - pullet - Max Strawn  -  BB CH AOSB  Bred by John Blehm
RV Black - cockerel -  Clifton Reddon

BV Blue - pullet - Sharon Caywood
RV Blue - pullet - Max Strawn

BV Wheaten - pullet - Clifton Reddon
RV Wheaten - N/A

BV Splash - pullet - Clifton Reddon
RV Splash - pullet - Clifton Reddon

BV Lavender - pullet - Clifton Reddon
RV Lavender - pullet - Max Strawn - Bred by John Blehm

                          Show 2     Special Meet       
BV Black - cockerel - Clifton Reddon - BB CH AOSB 
RV Black - pullet - Sharon Caywood - RB RES AOSB 

BV Blue - cockerel - Max Strawn
RV Blue - pullet - Max Strawn

BV Wheaten - pullet - Clifton Reddon
RV Wheaten - N/A

BV Splash - pullet - Clifton Reddon
RV Splash - pullet - Clifton Reddon

BV Lavender - pullet - Max Strawn - Bred by John Blehm
RV Lavender - pullet - Clifton Reddon

I had a great time visiting with Clif and Sharon and hope to see them and others in Shawnee, Oklahoma for our South Central District meet!

Exhibiting & Promoting / State Fair of Texas Open Poultry Show
« on: October 25, 2013, 02:09:17 AM »
The State Fair of Texas Open Poultry Show was held on Oct. 12-13. Thought I would give a partial report on the results. There was close to 700 total birds entered. 40+ were large fowl Ameraucanas. About half of those were whites and blacks. I was fortunate to win Champion AOSB with a black pullet I got from John Blehm as a chick back in February. She also won Reserve Grand Champion Standard of the show! I also won Reserve AOSB with a black cockerel from John. The birds I hatched got 3rd and 4th.  ::) My blue cockerel won BV and my blue pullet won RV. BV Lavender was a pullet from John as well. I sold a Lavender pullet from John to a young boy from the Dallas 4H chapter to go with his RV Lavender cockerel from Paul Smith. Lots of people complimented on the birds and had lots of questions. I promoted the breed and the club to all who inquired. I had some nice compliments from Sam Brush as well.

Thanks to John for providing such great stock. I hope I can maintain his great work in the future...

I tried to take some decent pics but it was hot, the birds wouldn't pose for me, the coops were double stacked, and there was a thousand people walking the isles... Here are a few.

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