name is Russell Blair (Russ is fine). I am a father of 3 and married.
My first introduction to chickens was when I was 5 years old. I come
from a family of 5 siblings and my Father would raise meat chickens to help
provide food for the family. I had an Uncle who owned a small farm
and I would spend weekends with him. He probably is to blame for my
love of small scale farming. He was responsible for my first chicken,
a barred Plymouth Rock hen he for bought me at an auction he would always
take me to.
was not until 2009 after my marriage that I decided to get some more
chickens. After receiving some hatchery layers, I started researching
chickens hot and heavy. Thatís when I first saw Ameraucanaís and found the
ABC forum. I picked up my first chicks from John Blehm that year (6
LF Silver and 6 LF Black). I should of had them shipped. When I
saw his set up, thatís when the thought of breeding chickens as my hobby
started. In 2010 I first joined the club, at that time it was the ABC.
true chicken addict fashion, I started my two youngest children in 4-H a
year later to justify more chickens. I soon bought LF blue hatching eggs
from Wayne Meredith, and started my own line of blues. After the
first year of 4-H I realized LF chickens were too large for my daughter to
handle. So I bought a trio of Black Bantams from Patty Pickard, which
John happily brought back from the national meet that year. I also bought a
quad of lavender and a quad of silver bantams from John.
this time I started going to the Fowl Fest to see what poultry shows are
all about. Michael Gilbert was selling out all his blue bantams and I
jumped all over them. Of course they were for my daughter and her 4-H
project . After stalking the poultry shows I decided to enter. I
remember winning BB and reserve CH AOCCL at Fowl Fest with a black bantam
cockerel. That was the day my wife regrets the most. For that
was the day I found a new passion.
then I have entered several shows and enjoyed meeting all the great people
that attend them. I now breed large fowl silver, blue, black and a
project flock of blue silver. In bantams I breed blue, black, silver,
lavender and wheaten. I am a lifetime member of Ameraucana Alliance, and a
member of the APA. My goals are to continue to improve the strains I
have. I also am passionate about our great club, and promoting our
Russ Blair <Slicktree [at] hotmail.com>