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Thanks Thomas, I hope you are doing well this season,     I hope folks will see your note here and get in touch.   Anyone who has extras in the SE area feel free to post on this thread. And of course any member is welcome to start a thread in the Ameraucana Market place anytime.   Thanks!    drc

I think we may have found a match for this request so thank you for all of the responses.  It's great to see how people respond to help other breeders who need birds. We did find a breeder in SC that has some extra Wheaten/BW males if anyone is in need of one.    If you do have extras, feel free to let me know and or post them here on the Ameraucana Marketplace.    Have a good night!    drc

We have someone looking for Blue, Blue wheaten or Splash Wheaten (males expecially) that might be close to someone making the trip from Charlotte to Alabama.  drop me a line if you help someone get started.    Thanks   Don Cash 

News and Information / Jeff and Sherry Vance's rebuilding begins
« on: August 07, 2018, 09:31:14 AM »
This is the same message posted in the member's section last week. I know many folks don't log in, so wanted it to be more visible.  Thanks!   drc

Many of you already know that there was an overnight fire at Jeff and Sherry's place a couple of weeks ago, they think caused by a lightening strike.  Thankfully it did not spread the the surround woods and the adjoinning homes. Unfortunately it took most of their young bird coops, brooders, some of their prized brood pens and about 180 birds. Also they lost a good bit of their field records, a fully conditioned building and all of their construction tools. I know that several folks have offered condolances and some have sent money as well.

Jeff has nearly finished the clearing of the site and is planning a slow progressive rebuild. I know some folks have talked with him about getting his lines of birds rebuilt during the next couple of seasons too.  We all wish them a complete recovery of their lines of both Bantam and Large Fowl AMs.

Anyone that would like to contribute to the new construction can contact the Vances the following ways. And anyone that would like to contribute anonomously is welcome to drop me a note to discuss.  Thanks in advance.

Jeff's paypal:
mailing address:   PO Box 380, Brenton WV 24818

Po box 380
Brenton WV 24818

Ameraucana Marketplace / Re: Bantam Brown reds
« on: July 24, 2018, 11:48:41 AM »
Hello,  Brad I am not positive of sure of your location. Your name and general local can be listed on your profile or signature so folks can help locate stock closer to you.  The BR varieties are rare but there are a few out there and hopefully they can be spread around more. They are a beautiful color and deserve more folks working with them.  Get in touch with Jeff Vance, hopefully he can point you in the right direction.  I know he does not have any right now but he has an interest and has put some effort into finding out who and where.   

Also, if push comes to shove, you can use some silver to reinvigorate them. Some of the original silver breeders used BR to cross, created birchens which is the silver version of the BR.  These were used to better typy and reduce the Red in the males that often is an issue in some silver lines today.   

Feel free to drop me an email if I can help.  Good Luck!   Don Cash

Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Showboxes
« on: July 15, 2018, 09:29:19 PM »
Mitch and Tiffany, Sounds like you are on the right track with the size you propose.  It all depends on the size of your birds or the size you hope to progress them.  Just make sure they have room to sit and not mess up their tail.  Some folks will offer a longer length for males in many breeds. And you might be able to get by with a slimer version for carrying AMs especially females.  These are sizes offered by a couple builders, and if you get in a routine and offer them for sale, please let me know.........

LF boxes in 2 sizes - 16in wide, 16in tall and 24in long, and 16in wide, 24in tall and 24in long.   

Some of the folks are using plastic totes now for carryy boxes, they are cheap, light, and they can be stacked inside each other for the off season. 

News and Information / Re: ABA Yearbook ads - Deadline looming!
« on: May 19, 2018, 05:01:16 PM »
How many pages of B/W and color do you have at this point? 
When do you think you will be sending out proofs for those ads you have in hand?

Some have had questions about which extra bits people feed during the grow our and pre-show seasons. I am sure that folks have a lot of extra special secrets that they like to use and think it might help their birds progress in a special way. While I've seen cage bird breeders use all type of fruits and nuts, cooked mash and oat/wheat mash.  I personally have not noticed this quite as much in the poultry world. I've seen lots of people offer sunflower and safflower seed as well as oats and rye in poultry feed. Sometimes the birds are reluctant to eat these at first. The shelled seed are usually easier to get them to try at first. Or mix the husked seed with some wet feed or simple oils might do the trick. Another option is to sprout some of these grains until they begin to realize they are good to eat too in their dry state too.

Exhibiting & Promoting / Re: Getting Ready for York (First Show!)
« on: May 16, 2018, 11:48:37 AM »
People use other oils or at least mixed oils too. (Vetrx is not only way overly expensive, its just carrier oils and a few drops of essential oils) and it has a strong smell for quite a while. Judges hands probably stink for days.   
Tweezers, soft tooth brushes and Cotton swabs/q-tips and a soft dry towel or two comes in handy often. Lots of people use some spray to dust/shine their entries but try to avoid things with odors or heavy oils. You'll probably want a pen and small note pad during the show as well. A zip-lock or two can keep dry papers or wet towels etc. You can keep your vet/test papers or other records in one of these for easy access.

Take your feed and or treats if you want. The clubs usually have cups and feed for the exhibitors to use. Some folks feel that their home blend of feed is better and they will even bring their own feeders and cups. But don't leave "special stuff" in the cage when they are ready to judge. You might see some folks who bring special drinkers or use colored water or a special mix of feed grains that is pretty obvious.  I don't think most  judges pay attention to this stuff. But it's not worth having the other exhibitors comment or think about that sort of thing.

Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Worst hatch rate yet
« on: May 14, 2018, 10:34:47 PM »
Having a Temp and Humidity gauge is the biggest issue for most of us. I would say that a lot of folks don't trust their gauges so once they start to have good hatches they don't adjust it again. You can tell some about temperature by the time of the hatch, 21 days should be right on the dot.  If you have a fan in the incubator you can use a wet bulb thermometer the same as your thermometer.  There is no telling how dry the air is in the house if the A/C is running well. And once you heat the air to 99.5 the humidity really bottoms out. 

You mentioned that you had it loaded more than usual. So keep an eye on ventilation too. We used to use manual incubators without fans and turners and had pretty good luck. The loss of humidity and heat three times a day seemed to be offset by the extra ventilation the three times/day that the incubator was opened. Kind of like when the hen would get off the nest for a half hour each day. 

Maybe some of the others will join in here to offer some of their thoughts. I know it is frustrating, hopefully you can get it acclimated to the new environment.  Good Luck.   

Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Worst hatch rate yet
« on: May 13, 2018, 07:44:19 PM »
Michael, sorry you're having his problem.  It doesn't take much variation or some bacteria to create big problems.  Having a stable environment helps a lot but the air in our homes, A/C or electric heat, can create issues with Humidity inside the units. I take it that you've had good hatches in this unit before, so something has changed on you. What are you using for temp/humidity measurements, and what are you using for a thermostat on the unit?  Any pictures or other descriptions might help people throw out some ideas.  Not sure we can get you back immediately on a straight path, but will try what we can. 

Breeding / Re: Fertility and hatching rates
« on: May 11, 2018, 09:34:51 PM »
Lisa, those are great percentages.  I don't know what you feed and supplement your birds, but I am sure it must be a perfect routine.

Exhibiting & Promoting / Re: South East District meets for this fall
« on: April 22, 2018, 11:26:28 PM »
Thanks to everyone that has called, emailed, messaged and posted on the forum. We have a Great group of active folks in the SE area. It appears like two options are pretty clear choices for the SE District Meet this year.  I will get in touch with the two clubs and try to figure out which location will provide the best offerings for the show. Thanks again for all of the input.   

News and Information / Re: A special thank you to everyone!
« on: April 19, 2018, 02:37:27 PM »
Lindsay, It sounds like you all have had a time of it with illness.  I knew that your Dad was working thru rehab, but it sounds like he has had another issue? I hope he is rebounding this time too. I am sure it's easy to feel overwhelmed.    Definitely Congratulations on the new addition.  Soon you'll have enough farm hands to work the Farmstead quite nicely.  Good Luck and we hope that you can get back on a smoother road.  I am sure you will be looking forward to that sooner. 

Ameraucana Marketplace / Re: Searching for Large Fowl Brown Reds
« on: April 13, 2018, 07:25:16 AM »
Andrew, the Brown Red are probably the most rare of the 8 accepted varieties both in bantam and large fowl.  Touch base with Clif.  If he doesn't have anything, maybe he can think of someone that he has sent birds.  Drop me an email if you still don't find any.  We can ask some questions of a few folks that don't frequent the forum.  Good luck!

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