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Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Showboxes
« Last post by Mitchell Taylor on July 17, 2018, 05:35:07 PM »
Thanks for the info Don, I appreciate it and I'll be sure to let you know if I start making them to sell.
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1979 was another hallmark, and exciting, year for the Ameraucana (then) Bantam Club!

In the summer of '79, the first proposed standard, following a vote by the membership, was published in the 1979 Summer Bulletin, calling for ""slate colored shanks by an overwhelming margin. We have voted for red earlobes by a nearly two to one margin. We have decided on the weight category calling for 30 oz. mature cockbirds." (Ameraucana Bantam Club, Summer Bulletin, 1979)

The first Club election was held that fall, with Bernard Kellogg as acting Election Commissioner. Mike Gilbert was elected President, and Don Cable became the first Secretary/Treasurer. (Ameraucana Bantam Club, Fall Bulletin, 1979)

The year ended with some exciting news from the Golden Gate Club poultry show in Pasadena, CA. ABA Judge Bill Holland, of Idaho, judged the first ABA qualifying meet for bantam wheaten and white Ameraucanas, and reported "The birds were of consistent color and type" (Ameraucana Bantam Club, Winter Bulletin, 1979)

What an exciting year! The year 2018 is going to be another hallmark year for the Ameraucana Breeders Club! Join us for our 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Dayton Fancy Feathers Poultry show, and our 2018 National Meet, Oct 6, 2018, Greenville, OH.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from the archives of the Ameraucana Breeders Club.
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Progress on acceptance of the Ameraucana continues in 1980!  In May 1980, the ABA Board of Directors voted to accept the proposed Standard of Perfection for white and wheaten bantam Ameraucanas.(A History of the Ameraucana Breed and the Ameraucana Breeders Club, compiled by Richard A. Orr, Eastern District Director)

Then, on Oct 4-5. 1980, the first show where Ameraucana bantams were entered as an accepted variety took place at the Viroqua, Wisconsin show with Mike Gilbert, Bernard Kellogg, and Jerry Segler exhibiting. (A History of the Ameraucana Breed and the Ameraucana Breeders Club, compiled by Richard A. Orr, Eastern District Director)


Nov 28-30, 1980 - First ABC National held at the Eastern Iowa Poultry Association show in Bluegrass, Iowa, with Jerry Segler and Ron Klemmedson  taking top honors. (Ameraucana Bantam Club Winter Bulletin, 1980)

To put the finishing touches on a successful year for the ABC, the first ABC National was held at the Eastern Iowa Poultry Association show in Bluegrass, Iowa, with Jerry Segler and Ron Klemmedson taking top honors. (Ameraucana Bantam Club Winter Bulletin, 1980)



(Pictures shown are from our gallery, not the winning birds at either show mentioned)
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Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Showboxes
« Last post by Don 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. 
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Housing, Health & Hatching / Showboxes
« Last post by Mitchell Taylor on July 15, 2018, 01:29:05 PM »
I am currently in the process of making showboxes to transport birds in. I was wondering if there are recommendations or advice making the showboxes. I'm planning on making the box dimensions 16 inches wide 20 inches long and 20 inches high for each individual compartment. I'm planning on making each box doubles so they would be 32 inches in total width.

Not really sure if the dimensions are adequate for adult large fowl Ameraucanas. I've looked at other people's designs and dimensions for Adult standard size large fowl and these are similar to those.

I'm planning on transporting multiple birds in this manner and I'm trying to keep in mind the safety of the birds while in transport,  and ease of use for myself.

Any ideas, recommendations, or advice is greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Mitch and Tiffany
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Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Breeding pens
« Last post by Michael Robinson on July 02, 2018, 08:47:38 PM »
  Cardboard vision blockers are often used at the shows when cocks or cockerels need isolation to prevent fighting through the wire coops.  This works in cages also!  I've seen clear plastic sheets tried, but it doesn't work very well.

Thanks Paul! A piece of cardboard or maybe some luan plywood that can easily be hung and moved on the front of the lower cages would be a good solution if needed when a rooster is in.
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Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Breeding pens
« Last post by Paul on June 30, 2018, 05:17:06 PM »
  Cardboard vision blockers are often used at the shows when cocks or cockerels need isolation to prevent fighting through the wire coops.  This works in cages also!  I've seen clear plastic sheets tried, but it doesn't work very well.
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2018 is a hallmark year for the Ameraucana Breeders Club! It is our 40th Anniversary!

The ABC has grown considerably since we were first formed in 1978 and we're still growing! From 11 charter members and 3 states in the US in 1978, we have spread to all 50 US states, including the territory of Puerto Rico and 6 foreign countries. By the end of 2017, the ABC had over 300 active members. Attached is the membership growth chart since the beginning (taken from bulletins and both old and current membership rosters)

Are you interested in learning more about our club, its achievements, challenges, and experiences? Stay tuned!

More will be coming in the days and weeks ahead as we prepare to celebrate our 40th (Ruby) Anniversary National at the Dayton Fancy Feathers show, Greenville OH, October 6th-7th, 2018.

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2018 is a hallmark year for the Ameraucana Breeders Club! It is our 40th Anniversary!

The ABC was formed in 1978 and has grown, strengthened, and educated many about our beloved breed, Ameraucanas, in both large fowl and bantams for all these years.

Are you interested in learning more about our club, its achievements, challenges, and experiences? Stay tuned!

Did you know the first ABC Nationals was held Nov 28-30, 1980 at the Eastern Iowa Poultry Association show in Bluegrass, Iowa, with Jerry Segler and Ron Klemmedson taking top honors? (Ameraucana Bantam Club Winter Bulletin, 1980)
ABC Bulletin Winter, 1980

More will be coming in the days and weeks ahead as we prepare to celebrate our 40th (Ruby) Anniversary National at the Dayton Fancy Feathers show, Greenville OH, October 6th-7th, 2018.
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