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Exhibiting & Promoting / Re: Self Blue Ameraucana Bantam Approval Process
« Last post by Don on January 14, 2020, 08:05:14 PM »
I should have mentioned also that we only had one Splash entry at the Knoxville show. It was a very nice bantam pullet and I am sure could be put to good use to create more blues. The requirement for acceptance in both the ABA and APA requires greater numbers be shown.  I've seen where some of the Blue breeders treat them as culls and sell them off soon after hatch. So you would hope that would help spread the blue and splash varieties around a bit more. Jerry mentioned that he had been working with them for many years. Anyone else by chance?   
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Wow, Looks like a lot of Loot for the lucky winner. 
Sounds like the board has been busy.  And those Breeding Notebooks sound like they could be very useful. Get your memberships in early.    Good Luck! 
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Breeding / Re: The Stern of a Wheaten Ameraucana Male
« Last post by Don on January 10, 2020, 02:53:17 PM »
The Standards are created to provide goals for a perfect bird. This applies to Type and other specific traits, as well as the color descriptions. We might feel that the standards are too restrictive.  And we as breeders can make decisions how closely we want to breed to the standard for each color. Or like a lot of us, we might rather breed a family of colors and have the best precipitous colors in two or three related colors.   

We all like to have the greatest variety of colors in the least amount of coops. And as long as we cross colors we probably can expect to have some degree of compromise. The Wheatens, Blue Wheatens and Splash Wheatens each have different genetic requirements. The lacing on the blue wheatens etc will bring color into other sections of the wheaten and splash wheaten offspring that may not be in those specific color descriptions. A breeder may choose to raise the best Blue Wheatens possible, but in my opinion the residual colors, wheaten and splash wheaten probably will not be the very best of those colors as described in the Standards.  We will likely find that the color standard for Splash Wheaten is somewhat different from the Blue Wheaten residuals. That is to be determined in the Splash Wheaten effort, (breeding and standard confirmation) in the years to come.

Now you can tell me I should practice what I preach. And you are right, I choose to use Wheatens and Blue Wheatens together for ease of managing a smaller flock. But if I concentrated on just Blue Wheaten and culled all but a back up Wheaten male or two out of the Blue Wheaten pairings, I'd likely be farther down the road. The genes for the blue wheaten's lacing would be in Wheatens when needed to mate back at least.  Some of the color issues in each variety might be a simple balancing of light to dark color too. So I'm not saying that One variety only would be an easy road. There are no magic bullets in the breeding world either.   
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Ameraucana Breeders Club 2020 New Member Drawing:

Every year at our National meet, the names of all new members that have joined from one National meet to the next are put in a hat and one very lucky winner is drawn. Due to an anonymous donation by one of our members for this drawing, this is our biggest new member prize ever! This year’s recipient will be receiving a set of poultry gifts valued at $350! Wow! This prize includes a group of items that will help you to successfully hatch and brood Ameraucana chicks! To join the ABC, go to the following link! Dues start at just $10 per year!

http://www.ameraucanabreedersclub.org/membership.html

The items that will be included in the new member prize are listed below!     

Brinsea Products Mini II Advance Automatic Egg Incubator

•   Excellent visibility
•   Fully digital menu driven controls
•   Programmable automatic egg turning
•   Countdown to hatch day with auto stop

Premier Chick Brooder Heating Plate - 10" x 10"

•   A heating plate simulates a hen keeping chicks warm and cozy beneath her feathers.
•   Chicks stay warm by contact with warm underside of the plate.
•   Height easily adjusts from 1.5" - 6" using adjustable legs to accommodate the size of your chicks.
•   Warms up to 15 chicks. Requires 110 volt outlet and uses 15 watts/hr. 1 year limited warranty

Breeding Notebook

•   Hatching Record Chart
•   Breeding Pair Records
•   Flock Inventory Chart
•   Treatment Records
•   Income and Expense Chart
•   Show Results Chart
•   Egg Collection Chart
•   Grooming Bucket Checklist
•   Poultry Show Abbreviations Pocket Guide

Chick Toe Punch

Magicfly LED Light Egg Candler
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Breeding / Re: Splash x Splash
« Last post by Don on January 10, 2020, 09:33:51 AM »
Thanks for the email, I am glad you are gearing up to raise a good group of blues for this season. I hope you can keep some exemplary blacks from the blue/blue matings to use with blues next season. I am sure you will get some great Splash youngsters for next years breeding pens too. It would be great if you would be able to take a good showing of these to the ABC National in Norman OK this fall.  We need to have greater numbers of classes in those colors that we hope to move toward acceptance. And this show is a good central location. 
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Exhibiting & Promoting / Re: Self Blue Ameraucana Bantam Approval Process
« Last post by Don on January 08, 2020, 05:56:14 PM »
It's great that the LF Self Blue has worked thru the acceptance process. If all goes as planned the APA board will vote at the Pearl River Miss. show to include them as the next color of LF Ameraucanas. Then the standard for this color will be included on the addenda sheet with every standard that is mailed out. So with luck this color in LF will be able to compete with the other 8 standard colors later this spring. 

We had 14 bantam Self Blues entered at the Knoxville show last month. But we need to coordinate more shows with greater numbers to show the breeders are active with the colors.  I would hope that we can push to have a good number at the 2020 ABC National in Norman OK this fall. We might also try to find a convenient place to have another showing in the eastern part of the country. I would encourage Anyone who is interested in helping with this effort to arrange to get some stock or eggs soon.  Please let me know if you are interested. We can help to find someone close to your location perhaps and get things moving.   Don Cash  drccash@yahoo.com
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Exhibiting & Promoting / 2020 meets for the South Eastern District
« Last post by Don on January 08, 2020, 02:48:53 PM »
Please let me know if you would have shows where you think a number of members would like to congregate and show this spring and fall.  There is time now to put some dates on the calendar and have some significant meets. We might even have enuogh self blue bantams to help their acceptance cause.

Anyone who  would like to work with the Self Blue bantams?  We have a number of Breeders who will be offering eggs this spring. Drop me a note and we can find someone closer to your location.

I hope we have some folks that are planning to show in Pearl River in a few weeks. This APA Semi-Annual is far south for a show of this nature. Hope there is a good turn out.   

And I hope everyone has Norman OK on your calendars for this Nov. This show is in a good central location and should be convenient for many exhibitors to show.  Come on out and enjoy the birds and meet some of those you've talked or emailed with.
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Ameraucana Marketplace / Re: Orders for Baby Chicks 2020 and also Hatching Eggs
« Last post by Lindsay Helton on January 06, 2020, 09:30:35 PM »
Highly recommend! Jeff packs his hatching eggs exceptionally well.
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Ameraucana Marketplace / Re: Orders for Baby Chicks 2020 and also Hatching Eggs
« Last post by Don on January 06, 2020, 09:27:47 PM »
Sounds like you have a full product range this season Jeff.  Can you put me on your schedule for some blacks and blues when you can?   
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We are selling a limited amount of chicks and hatching eggs this year....  so please get your orders in early!

Large Fowl Available...Black and Buff.....  with limited amount of Whites and Blues

Bantam Available....Black,Wheaten, Blue Wheaten, White.....with limited amount of Blues

Please call or text  304-923-6424      Email address is jdvance44@yahoo.com
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