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Ameraucana Marketplace / Re: Stock at the Norman OK National
« on: September 18, 2020, 03:21:42 PM »
I was contacted by a family here in South Carolina that is looking for some Wheaten LFs if anyone has some available.   Thanks!   drc     

The National is always a good place to sell and arrange to purchase stock from breeders.  In addition to the Auction and Raffle its a great place to connect and meet to get birds for the next season.   

Who is going to the show ?         

Who is planning to attend and what do you have to offer for sale ? 

I was just notified that the Judges for this show are Tom Roebuck/ VA and Tommy Lee/ GA.

Also, they've renamed the fair grounds the Carolina Classic Fairgrounds. I am not sure when the mapping apps will pick up on this change.       

Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Cheap Rabbit Cages for Bantam Breeding
« on: September 06, 2020, 02:34:48 PM »
Hey Spencer, I know you've been busy with the new baby and the move. But how about the new digs for the chickens at the new place? I know you've been busy with a few things.  Post some pictures when you have time.

News and Information / Re: Hurricane Laura
« on: September 04, 2020, 12:37:03 PM »
The damage along the coast and as much as 150 miles inland is substantial. It will take years for some of these areas to rebuild and find their new normal. Relief efforts started the day after the storm with many groups cooperating with local governments. Food and water was available in some areas the next day. And chainsaw and roof tarp teams were working in areas several hours north this week also. This effort will continue in some areas for years to help tear out and rebuild. There are many orgainizations that will help and are very happy to accept donations for this use.

News and Information / Hurricane Laura
« on: August 26, 2020, 12:59:38 PM »
It looks like the forcasters underestimated this Storm and it's going to hit with Cat 4 winds and go straight inland on the line between TX and LA. I hope all our mmebers in that area are able to get to a safe place and are prepared for a time without power. God Speed and be safe where ever you may live and shelter.   drc 

Exhibiting & Promoting / Re: South East District Meets
« on: August 18, 2020, 11:51:38 AM »
I am staying in touch with the Winston Salem, NC host club and they are still trying to get a contract with the Fair Board for their fall show. The fair board is being careful and wants to make sure the virus postitive tests are doing better before they allow gatherings on the grounds. It will be posted here as soon as it's confirmed one way or the other. Keep the Saturday after Thanksgiving penciled in for now. They usually have a good show with great hospitalitiy and an great location too.

There is still time to place meets in your area if the shows feel comfortable to hold their shows this fall. 
Stay safe and cool out there watching those young birds.    drc 

VPBA posted on the APA page that they were canceling their shows this year. 

Please pencil in Nov 20, 2021 for their next year fall shows.

Breeding / Re: Breeding priorities from a historic perspective
« on: August 15, 2020, 05:55:59 PM »
Ameraucanas are a Dual Purpose breed. It's true that Tyson didn't use them to create their broiler line. 

Breeding / Re: Breeding your Ameraucanas towards the standard
« on: August 15, 2020, 05:54:03 PM »
I keep copies of the current APA SOP for members to purchase at shows.  I am glad to encourage new folks and help with questions they may have also.  The next version of the APA SOP is supposed to be ready to coincide with the APA anniversary 2023. The new version will include the Self Blue Ameraucana LF in addition to several other varieties in other breeds.   

We also keep a good variety of historical SOPs. The breed information is not relavent to the current Standard Requirement. The history of some of the Breeds and especially the images by true professional artists are most impressive. 

Ameraucana Marketplace / Re: ISO Black split to self-blue bantams
« on: August 01, 2020, 05:55:19 PM »
Aaron, I have a few very young ones. But I passed your inquiry along. If you don't get an email in a few days Please let me know.   Good Luck!    drc 

Breeding / Breeding priorities from a historic perspective
« on: July 11, 2020, 01:49:16 PM »
There often is a discussion about selecting for one trait over another, if we should be interested in just the "show attributes" or about the total bird.  While AMs are not a historic breed, I think we can still learn from this article about breeding mindsets, evaluations and being progressing the Breed as a whole.

Exhibiting & Promoting / Re: Bird prep and what not
« on: July 10, 2020, 11:39:28 PM »
Steve there are numerous threads in the forum that discuss several individual approaches to show conditioning and prep, and there should be one in the breeder's handbook in your membership package. In addition take a look at some of the various articles available at the PSC site on the link below. They are very simple but will give you a place to start and then practice what works for you. And feel free to ask questions. Even when you are at the shows most people are happy to answer questions about their birds and how they get ready for the shows. The washing routine with three buckets of water has been used for generations. The soaps and other additives vary per color and personal taste. Just give it a try and see what tweeks work best for you, your variety and your family.

In one of the older handbooks there was an article written about cage training and posing birds written by member Patty Pickard several years ago. This is a similar article she wrote for her waterfowl to give you an idea of her zeal for the hobby. Her site also has a couple articles on housing. Cage training can take place in any number of cages so don't feel like you have to buy actual show cages. But feeding treats to make the birds helps a lot, and encourages them to come forward when a person approaches. One other aspect with AMs is to keep the birds separate with wood dividers so they can't pick beards. Many males in breeding groups will be devoid of beards and muffs because of this habit.

Breeding / Re: Breeding splash Ameraucanas
« on: July 09, 2020, 09:05:20 PM »
So what we are saying is that we can't use Blue birds to breed Splash show birds?  How else do you keep the lacing from presenting on the Blue Splashed feathers?  This would apply to either lacing or the more normal edging, right?   And just to be clear, we are talking about the lacing on the Blue feathers in the splash coloring, not the field color?   

Breeding / Re: Breeding splash Ameraucanas
« on: July 06, 2020, 11:00:09 PM »
From what I've read, none of the Splash descriptions refer to the Lacing in the Blue portions of the "Splashed" feathers. Rather they refer to "Blue" where the description is detailed. The lacing is carried over if the Blues you use for breeding meet the Blue standard, either in edging or in true Blue lacing. This happens in the Splash birds that I've seen in Andalusians, Ameraucanas and Sumatras. I will have a look at some of the other breeds that are shown in Splash next time I am a show. Cochins are accepted and I am aware that Old English are shown in Splash from time to time also. I would be curious how the Standard Committee suggests that this may be written into the standard, or if it is just understood to be accepted by the judges. Alternately you'll have people creating a subpar Blue line without lacing to make the unusual splashes. This is also true in the leg colors of the Splash descriptions. The colors are all written with solid leg colors, ie Blue, slate, etc.  The leg colors of the splash carry over the Splash pattern also.  At the very least it might be helpful to have the Standard description written such that the leg color variation and Splash lacing are not considered a fault in the target Standard for judging.   

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