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Exhibiting & Promoting / Re: Poultry Show Abbreviations
« Last post by Birdcrazy on August 08, 2020, 07:40:19 PM »
Lindsay, I am studying the info hard for the closed book (Forum) test. I hope to pass. Are you grading on actual score, or on a curve?
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Exhibiting & Promoting / Northwoods Poultry Fanciers Club Show
« Last post by Birdcrazy on August 08, 2020, 07:12:24 PM »
Has it seemed like forever since you attended a poultry show due to all of the show cancillations due to the Coronavirus epidemic? Here is a chance to show your birds at an ABC sanctioned Club Meet at the Northwoods Poultry Fanciers Club Show September 12, 2020. If you had older info the venue has been changed from Merrill WI to Wausau WI. Entry deadline for mail is postmark by August 25, 2020. Yes we are in August already so the deadline is just over 2 weeks away. All health paperwork has been waived by the State of WI due to the shortage of Pullorum Antigen. Catalog and entry forms can be downloaded on the Poultry Show Central website.
So roundup your best birds and I hope to see you there!!!!!
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Exhibiting & Promoting / Poultry Show Abbreviations
« Last post by Lindsay Helton on August 08, 2020, 06:44:58 PM »
I wanted to start a series of educational posts about showing our Ameraucanas. Let’s start by going over some of the poultry show abbreviations we may encounter when showing our Ameraucanas:

LF- Large Fowl

B, BT, BTM- Bantam

APA- American Poultry Association

ABA- American Bantam Association

BB- Best of Breed (For example, this would be “first place” out of all the Ameraucanas that are shown in the approved color varieties at a poultry show. This is awarded in both large fowl and bantam).

RB- Reserve of Breed (For example, this would be “second place” out of all the Ameraucanas that are shown in the approved color varieties at a poultry show. This will be awarded in both large fowl and bantam).

BV- Best of Variety (For example, the Ameraucana that is ranked “1st” out of all the cocks, hens, cockerels and pullets that are shown of a particular color variety).

RV- Reserve of Variety (For example, the Ameraucana that is ranked “2nd” out of all the cocks, hens, cockerels and pullets that are shown of a particular color variety).

C- Cock (Male, 1 year of age and older)

K- Cockerel (Male, under the age of 1)

H- Hen (Female, 1 year of age and older)

P- Pullet (Female, under the age of 1)

YT- Young Trio (2 pullets and a cockerel)

OT- Old Trio (2 hens and a cock)

AOV- Any Other Variety (A color variety that is being shown that is not currently approved)

DQ- Disqualification (A disqualification debars a fowl from receiving an award)

A.O.S.B. - All Other Standard Breeds (This the class our large fowl Ameraucanas are shown in)

A.O.C.C.L.- All Other Comb Clean Legged (This is the class our bantam Ameraucanas are shown in)

CH.- Champion

RES.- Reserve
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Upcoming Meets / Re: Apache Country Poultry Show, 10/24/20, St. Johns, AZ
« Last post by Jean on August 07, 2020, 04:23:42 PM »
Update!  This is now a triple show!!!!
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The Board of Directors voted no regarding referring to the Silver Leghorn for the plumage description.
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Ameraucana Marketplace / Re: ISO Black split to self-blue bantams
« Last post by Don 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 
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News and Information / Poultry Press article- September 2020
« Last post by Lindsay Helton on August 01, 2020, 05:14:01 PM »
I wanted to share my PP article for next month on the forum as a thank you to my mentors on the Ameraucana breed.

The Unexpected Friendships We Encounter While Raising Poultry by Lindsay Helton

Several years ago, my husband and I moved to a small farm. While browsing the internet one day, I learned that some chickens lay blue eggs. I was intrigued. Someone listed some “Americanas” for sale and I leaped at the opportunity to own chickens that lay blue eggs. A few weeks into owning my new chickens, I did some additional research and realized the chickens I had purchased did not adhere to the standard for the Ameraucana breed. Many commercial hatcheries and individuals mistakenly sell what they claim to be Ameraucanas, but they are often nonstandard birds that lay colorful eggs and are sold under a variation of the name Ameraucana.

I came across the Ameraucana Breeders Club website. A gentleman by the name of Paul Smith popped out to me. He seemed friendly and had a lot of experience with the breed. I placed an order for chicks and we started emailing back and forth. Paul has always been available to answer breeding questions and is a source of encouragement to all our ABC members. I have always thought of him as the thread that binds us all together. I consider Paul a good friend.

While browsing the Ameraucana Breeders Club website, I noticed a member that posted under the name Pips & Peeps (Jean Ribbeck) seemed to know what she was talking about regarding the Ameraucana breed. I sent her an email. One conversation turned into ten and then twenty conversations. Now the conversations number in the hundreds. Rarely does a day go by that I do not contact Jean to ask her a new Ameraucana related question or to simply say hello. Jean taught me how to select and condition my Ameraucanas and I headed off to my first poultry show. It was a double show. I brought home two Reserve Champion large fowl trophies. I was officially hooked on raising standard bred Ameraucanas. I consider Jean a good friend.

I noticed another ABC member by the name of Susan Mouw was frequently creating educational posts about the Ameraucana breed. Susan served as our club secretary for several years. A quick survey of the ABC website reflects 1732 forum posts written and hundreds of meet reports and membership applications entered among many other tasks completed during her tenure. We are thankful for the time she volunteered to the club. Susan and I connected at a poultry show in 2016 and we began showing our Ameraucanas together throughout the southeast. In 2017, Susan gifted me her flock of show quality large fowl wheaten and blue wheaten Ameraucanas. I consider Susan a good friend.

I never would have thought that my search for chickens that lay blue eggs would eventually lead me to lifelong friendships. Earning poultry ribbons and trophies is nice, but the friendships we encounter while raising poultry are priceless treasures. Are you interested in raising Ameraucanas? Visit http://www.ameraucanabreedersclub.org/membership.html and join our nearly three hundred active members as we work together to promote the continued improvement of bantam and large fowl Ameraucanas. You may find a few unexpected friendships as well. Thank you Paul, Jean and Susan for being my mentors on the Ameraucana breed.

The ABC would like to invite all breeders of Ameraucanas, especially ABC members and those who raise large fowl splash Ameraucanas to attend our national meet at the Canadian Valley Mega Show in Norman, OK on 11/7/20. This will be the first prequalifying meet for the splash variety in large fowl. We will need four head in each class (C, H, K, P) for this meet to be successful. For more information on the large fowl splash Ameraucana approval effort, contact Paul Smith at psmith@ntin.net or Lindsay Helton at abcsecretaryhelton@gmail.com.
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Ameraucana Marketplace / ISO Black split to self-blue bantams
« Last post by far149 on July 29, 2020, 11:25:02 AM »
I'm looking for some black bantams split to self blue. Sex is not important but type and beard/muffs are critical. Can wait until our national in November if the birds are out of state.
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Breeding / Re: Breeding priorities from a historic perspective
« Last post by Birdcrazy on July 27, 2020, 11:15:37 PM »
Susan, it was great hearing from you again on the ABC Forum. It has been too long since your last post! You have been missed and some of us need constant guidence and prodding!!!!!!   ;)
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Breeding / Re: Breeding priorities from a historic perspective
« Last post by Susan Mouw on July 27, 2020, 08:59:50 PM »
Very interesting and historically informative article, Don.

I'm not sure it applies all that well to Ameraucanas, however.  This breed is not a "production" bird, as the Leghorns and RIR, and many others, are known to be.  Ameraucanas tend to be more moderate layers, and certainly are not known for meat production.

When I was still breeding - which I'm not any longer - I set goals for each breeding cycle, and for each breeding pen, depending on where I was in achieving the "perfect" bird. Of course we all know the "perfect" bird doesn't exist (though I've seen some at shows that came pretty dang close!).  Setting those individual goals didn't mean I was overlooking the whole bird, however - in fact, quite the opposite.  I was addressing each individual bird's shortcomings and trying to put a pair, or trio, together that would strengthen that shortcoming in the next generation.
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