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Breeding / Fertility and hatching rates
« on: April 10, 2018, 07:47:05 AM »
I know we've been having some strange weather this year and many parts of the country are still buried in snow, but I'm in SC and I can't explain what is happening.

Usually, by this time, I am getting 80% fertility and 80-100% hatch rates of those fertile eggs.  Right now, I am getting, with the exception of one blue x blue pen, around 50% fertility and only 50% of those are hatching.

Anyone else have hatching/fertility issues in the south?  Or anyone have any ideas of what might be going wrong?

One of the really strange things is in pen #2.  That is Solomon's pen (my first Gr CH).  He has 4 black hens and one splash hen (I wanted to improve type in my blue lines - Solomon was a good choice for that).  The eggs from the black hens are about 50% fertile, but not a one are hatching.  But I'm getting about 4-5 blue chicks every week - so near, if not exactly, 100% fertility from the splash hen.

I just can't figure it out - running the same temps (right at 100.) and humidity (40% in incubator, 55-60% in the hatcher)

Any ideas?

Who knows, but I can tell you who it won't be - me. :)

After much prayerful consideration, and some chats with my close friends and my husband, I have decided to not run again for Secretary/Treasurer.  It has been a wonderful experience and I'm happy that I've had the opportunity to contribute to the growth of the Ameraucana Breeders Club, but it's time for me to step aside and let someone younger, or at least more energetic ;), take it over.

So, I'm asking all our members to consider putting their efforts forward when it comes time for nominations in June.  It will take someone with some level of expertise in technology.  I am going to start writing up the protocols and instructions for all the various pieces - website, online membership, online store, etc, but a certain level of confidence in html and online technology will also be needed.

If you have the skills and the willingness to do this job, please consider nominating yourself for the post when nominations open in June.

The ABC Board of Directors was approached about presenting a change to the APA for the Blue Wheaten large fowl - males only.  The Board of Directors had quite an extensive conversation about the proposal and have since voted no to sponsor the request.  It is, however, our understanding that another club voted yes to proceed.  If you breed blue wheaten large fowl Ameraucana, you might want to be aware of this possible change proposal and you might be contacted about it. You might even agree with the change and wish to support it.  Here are the proposed changes:

Large Fowl Blue Wheaten Male

NECK (as it is now) - Hackle - light orange shading to golden at lower extremities, free from dark striping. Front of neck - blue, some orange ticking permissible.

NECK (proposed, with changes highlighted) - Hackle – light orange shading to golden at lower extremities, free from dark striping. Front of neck – blue, preferably edged with dark blue with some dark blue shafting, some orange ticking permissible.

WINGS (as it is now): Fronts - blue, preferably laced with dark blue.

WINGS (proposed, with changes highlighted): Fronts – blue, preferably edged with dark blue with some dark blue shafting.

BREAST (as it is now): Blue, preferably laced with dark blue.

BREAST (proposed, with changes highlighted): Blue, preferably edged with dark blue with some dark blue shafting.

There is a common misconception that the word "lacing" as used in describing the blue wheaten males is the same as the word "lacing" used in other color descriptions - specifically the blue Ameraucana - however, the "lacing" used here is described correctly as a darker blue; while lacing, as used in the description of the Andalusian (from which the Blue Ameraucana gets its color description), is always black, sometimes a flat black and sometimes a glossy black, but always black.  The addition of the "preferred shafting" was also a deterrent for this ABC Board and it was not approved by a majority vote.

The descriptions of the SOP (as it is now) are taken from the APA Standard of Perfection, 2010 version.

Ok, this might be old news to some of you, but I was thrilled to see this email today!  Our National Meet is also an APA Semi-National!

Getting excited....

News and Information / APA Yearbook Ads - It's that time again!
« on: March 05, 2018, 09:40:52 AM »
Deadline is May 1st, so let's get those ads in.  Anyone needing help with design, I'll try to help.

Where are all the self-blue pics for the March Gallery Competition?  Let's get those pictures in!
Send your self-blue - bantam and large fowl - to  Put "Gallery Competition" in the Subject line.
Make sure your photos are at least 600px x 400 px, bigger is better. Let me know if the pic is bantam or large fowl, cock, hen, cockerel, or pullet.
Judging begins 3/15!

News and Information / Feb '18 Gallery Competition is complete!
« on: March 01, 2018, 07:44:23 PM »
Congratulations to the winners of the February 2018 Gallery Competition for Wheaten Ameraucanas:
New for Bantams:

Bantam Wheaten Chicks submitted by Rachel Johnson.

Bantam Wheaten Pullet submitted by Jerry DeSmidt

Bantam Wheaten Hen submitted by Jerry DeSmidt

Bantam Wheaten Cockerel submitted by Jerry DeSmidt

Bantam Wheaten Cock submitted by Peggy Taylor

New for Large Fowl:

LF Wheaten chicks submitted by Susan Mouw

LF Wheaten Cockerel submitted by Susan Mouw

LF Wheaten Cock submitted by Susan Mouw

Entries are open now for the March Gallery competition for Self-Blue Ameraucanas.
Send your entries, at least 640 x 400 px in size, to Remember to put "Gallery Competition" in the subject line and state whether the pics are cock, hen, cockerel, or pullet and whether bantam or large fowl.

Exhibiting & Promoting / Updated Points and New Reports on the Website
« on: February 23, 2018, 01:37:26 AM »
The Points have been updated to the most current information available.

I have also added two new pages to the Points page.  Under the description for Master Exhibitor is a link to a listing of all who have earned their Master Exhibitor title, the date it was earned, and the show where it was earned.  You can click on the Show Name to open the Meet Report for that Show.

Under the description for Junior Master Exhibitor is a link to a similar listing of all who have earned their Junior Master Exhibitor title, the date it was earned, and the show where it was earned.  You can also click on those Show Names to open the Meet Report for that show.

Here is what those reports look like:

Master Exhibitor.pdf

Junior Master Exhibitor.pdf

At the rate you folks are winning, it won't be long before we are awarding the first Grand Master Exhibitor title!

Exhibiting & Promoting / New Master Exhibitor
« on: February 22, 2018, 08:58:18 PM »
Paul & Angela Smith reached the level of Master Exhibitor on April 8, 2017 at the North Texas Poultry Showcase!

Congratulations, Paul & Angela!

Your plaque will be winging its way to you the first of the week.

New Junior Master Exhibitor - Houston Story. Houston reached that auspicious level on 12/9/17 at the Oklahoma State Poultry Federation.

New Junior Master Exhibitor - David Vetter. David reached the level of Junior Master Exhibitor on 1/20/18 at the National Western Stock Show.

New Junior Master Exhibitor - Madison Budde, Madison made it to Master Exhibitor level on 2/10/18 at the Comanche Crossroads Show #1.

New Junior Master Exhibitor - ShyAnne Story. ShyAnne earned her new title on 1/20/18 at the Southwestern Exposition Show.

I will get these plaques ordered, if not tomorrow, then first of the week!


Exhibiting & Promoting / Meet Reports
« on: February 22, 2018, 06:05:57 PM »
With the exception of two meet reports - Tulsa State Fair and Lawrence County - I am caught up on Meet Reports that we have received.  All have been uploaded to the website, so if you don't see a Meet Report listed, it means we haven't received it.

I'm working on getting points updated now.

As I'm getting caught up with Meet Reports, I'm finding new awards, too. :)

Please congratulate Madison Budde for earning Junior Master Exhibitor and Paul & Angela Smith for earning Master Exhibitor.

I'll wait til I'm caught up on the backlog of Meet reports before ordering the new plaques, as I suspect there are a few more just waiting to be discovered!


And the winners of the January 2018 White Ameraucana Gallery competition are:

Ernie Haire - in both bantam and large fowl with:

Bantam Pullet
Bantam Hen
Bantam Cockerel

Large Fowl Pullet
Large Fowl Cockerel
Large Fowl Cock

and Lindsay Helton with:

Large Fowl chicks
Large Fowl Hen

The February Competition is for Wheaten Ameraucanas - get those pics in, folks!  I know a lot of you are raising some beautiful wheatens in both large fowl and bantam.  Just send your pics to with the subject line of "Gallery Competition".  Be sure to identify each pic as to gender (cock, hen, cockerel, pullet, or chicks) and large fowl or bantam.  Pics need to be a minimum of 600px x 600px - bigger is better, but let's keep it under about 1500px either width or height.

News and Information / 2018 New Member Drawing
« on: January 04, 2018, 04:51:08 PM »
2018 New Member Drawing!

Every year, at our National Meet, we put all the new member's names that have joined since the last National, into a hat and draw out one winner.

So far, since we started this program, we've shipped out two incubators, and one Eco Glow 20 Brooder Heater, and Premier Brooder Heater.

This year's award will be winner's choice: One Large Fowl Three Hole Show Box or One Bantam Four Hole Show Box, made by Vinson Workman! The winner will get to select which one they want.

Members do not need to be present to win. Drawing will held at our 2018 National Meet, at the Dayton Fancy Feathers Poultry Show, Greenville, OH, 10/6/18.

To enter, just join the ABC! You can join online at Membership

Three Hole LF Show Box

Four Hole Bantam Show Box

News and Information / ABC Membership and Renewals
« on: January 04, 2018, 01:02:33 PM »
If you haven't yet renewed your membership, now's the time!
You can renew on our website at

or just send a paypal payment to

You can also snail mail your renewal to: Ameraucana Breeders Club, 156 Titanic Road, Aiken, SC 29805.

If you haven't joined yet, we would love to welcome you into the Ameraucana Breeders Club - a great source of active breeders, exhibitors, and members - over 300 strong!

The ABC is very active in pursuing new projects to offer more benefits to our members and actively promoting our breed, including petitions for new varieties. Visit our website at and join up!

Dues haven't changed:
Juniors - $10/year
Individual - $12/year
Family - $18/year
Individual Lifetime - $200
Family Lifetime - $300

Once joined, you become eligible for our annual New Member Drawing, held at our National every year. We'll be announcing what this year's award will be soon. Here's a hint: great for all our exhibitors carrying multiple birds to the shows! So far, we've given away a couple of incubators, some brooder heaters and we're looking forward to shipping a new award to a New Member this year!

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