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Breeding / Re: Chick selection culling & criteria
« Last post by Birdcrazy on Today at 03:30:12 PM »
Brittany, I hope you have some great hatches underway! I have my first hatch in the incubators as we speak. Some of the things to watch in young chicks are leg color and absence of muff and beards. Any yellowish or greenish yellow leg colored chicks need to go. Wheaten and Blue Wheaten chicks should have flesh colored legs when hatched and they will eventually change to a nice slate color in adult age. Signs of no muffs and beards on chicks that are growing out are gone in my program. Breeding Blacks, as the chicks grow out I cull any that show a purplish feather sheen compared to a greenish feather sheen. Straight black with no sign of a developing sheen are kept and watched upon further grow out. As the birds continue to grow out, I watch the combs, extremely large and or floppy combed birds are culled. These are some of my main concerns on newly hatched to mid grow out stage. I do not cull for conformation at this stage unless you find a definite problem (Wry Tail, etc,) I normally try to separate cockerels and pullets at 3-4 months of age. I try to keep numbers down in the cockerel pens unless they have a large run and nesting area. I keep them on a high protein feed, I like Purina Flock Raiser. Now is the time to just sit and watch them grow out. Start comparing them tp the Standard of Perfection and keep watching for your best prospects. This is usually when you start remarking "I wish that I could put that tail on this other bird, or wow if that comb was on that other bird, or I sure like the way this bird carries himself, but does not have the eye color of some of the other prospects. At this point, I try to keep about 6 cockerel prospects and 12 or so pullets. I usually keep these until at least 10 months of age until I keep my final choices. I learned the hard way by only keeping 1 new cockerel. Predators and our severe winters can cull your best breeder prospects. Predators always seem to go after the cream of the crop and winter weather seems to go after your older breeders. I don't usually have the same concerns with hens due to the larger numbers in my flock. I hope some of this may help. I'm sure there are other ABC members out there with other suggestions, and will chime in with their ideas. I could always use new ideas, even at my age. That's what is great about the ABC Forum. All of us ABC members coming together helping each other out and furthering the advancement of the breed!
Breeding / Chick selection culling & criteria
« Last post by Brittany Hutchings on Today at 01:41:57 PM »
Good morning everyone,

I'd love to hear your perspective on a few breeding questions:

  • What are your criteria for newly hatched chicks to decide who to keep for your breeding program?
  • What are the ages that you usually reassess birds as they grow? And what characteristics do you look for at those ages?

I'm interested in the characteristics that make good type and conformation for Ameraucanas and characteristics that make good colours for Blacks, Blues, and Splashes.
Exhibiting & Promoting / Re: South East District Meets
« Last post by Jean on March 27, 2020, 06:35:39 PM »
Or you can use the automated meet request page on our website.  :)
This meet report has been entered and uploaded to the website!

*If you ever notice an error on a meet report, please contact me at and I will be happy to fix it.
This meet report has been entered and uploaded to the website!

*If you ever notice an error on a meet report, please contact me at and I will be happy to fix it.
Exhibiting & Promoting / Large Fowl Splash Process
« Last post by Lindsay Helton on March 27, 2020, 01:45:09 AM »
The Board of Directors has concluded our discussion on what color variety the ABC will seek approval for next! The splash variety in large fowl and the self blue variety in bantam were discussed. After reviewing our counts, over 30% of our members raise the blue and splash varieties in large fowl while only 5% of our members raise the self blue variety in bantam. The Board concluded that an approval process for large fowl splash will be pursued next with the American Poultry Association. South Central District Director Paul Smith has offered to be the spokesperson during the process. This will be a lengthy approval process that will involve a concerted effort by numerous Ameraucana breeders across the US to be successful. It is great to be a part of the Ameraucana Breeders Club! We are continually striving to further the Ameraucana breed. If you are interested in learning more and participating in this process, please contact Lindsay Helton via email at
Exhibiting & Promoting / South East District Meets
« Last post by Don on March 27, 2020, 12:48:07 AM »
We have a few meets suggested for the fall in the SE District.  Feel free to drop me a note if you want to request a meet or if you want to orchestrate some locations for members actively showing to gather for shows.  Have a Great hatching season.   
Ameraucana Marketplace / Ameraucana Eggs and Stock
« Last post by Don on March 27, 2020, 12:42:50 AM »
We hope to have some eggs and stock available in Black LF, Blue LF, White Btm and Buff Btm in the weeks ahead now if the birds will continue to lay. We might have some Self Blue bantam eggs available a little later. All these are from show lines. It would be great to have some local breeders partner to progress some of these birds in our region. Feel free to contact me to discuss the various lines.   
News and Information / Re: While in Quarantine
« Last post by Birdcrazy on March 23, 2020, 01:53:52 PM »
Mow the grass Don? A few days ago, I couldn't even see it with a 2 inch layer of snow! 3 weeks ago we saw a few robins, but now I think most have headed your way for warmer times!
News and Information / Re: While in Quarantine
« Last post by Don on March 23, 2020, 01:19:16 PM »
Gordon, I agree things get a little boring in the house. My wife is working from home, so she is keeping me on my toes and has a long list for me. I have been trying to catch up on yard work when the weather is decent. Our spring is here and we are already mowing the yard. It is nice to see the spring flowers and buds. It just doesnt feel quite like spring here though for some reason. I was able to arrange for a feed store delivery to make sure I have a supply for a time. They were out of the pellets that I use for the LF last week as people are buying similar to TP. We will go to the grocery store later this week to buy as much as we can for my daughter and DIL families. It's good to visit with the grandkids too either thru the glass doors or thru social media, not quite the same though. 

I did have a bit of a surprise last night. I've had some mice working in the feed room, set some traps and have caught a few. But last evening I was checking the traps at dusk. Opened the door and was surprised by a family of sugar gliders enjoying themselves. I know they are not indigenous here. So has someone close by lost a cage of gliders or is this a new invasive species?  Live and Learn I guess. 
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