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Ameraucana Marketplace / Re: Coops for male breeders
« Last post by John W Blehm on Today at 05:35:55 PM »
ive thought about making individual pens like that at my place. But I would have to set up an automatic watering system. Even 1-2 bantams can go though a gallon of water a day during the southern Arizona summer.

John how often do you fill up during the summer for individual pens?

The individual coops are generally only used during the breeding season (December - April) and about a month before the couple fall shows (September - October) that I attend to allow them time to get into decent condition.  Water cups are filled once a day.
The rest of the year birds are in coops with outside pens/runs where I keep the feed in the coops and water out in the pens.
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Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Hatching Fever lol
« Last post by Mike Gilbert on Today at 04:16:11 PM »
My goal this year is to enter a display of every variety I raise in large Fowl and Bantam at our National Meet.

Whats a display?

A display consists of at least one cock, hen, cockerel, pullet and young or old trio, all of the same breed and variety.   There is a point system show secretaries use to determine display winners.    A worksheet is available on the ABA website.   It is page 4 of the ABA show report.   Here is a link:   
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/59ca6283f9a61eef0a37c335/t/5a8b008a41920223d0cccfc5/1519059089283/show_report_form.pdf

This form also tells you what show secretaries must report to the ABA.   And then there is another one for the APA.   And one for each breed club or other organization meet.   The work does not stop when the show is over and the equipment put away. 
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Ameraucana Marketplace / Re: Coops for male breeders
« Last post by Cesar Villegas on Today at 03:48:52 PM »
ive thought about making individual pens like that at my place. But I would have to set up an automatic watering system. Even 1-2 bantams can go though a gallon of water a day during the southern Arizona summer.

John how often do you fill up during the summer for individual pens?
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Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Hatching Fever lol
« Last post by Cesar Villegas on Today at 03:24:29 PM »
My goal this year is to enter a display of every variety I raise in large Fowl and Bantam at our National Meet.

Whats a display?
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Ameraucana Marketplace / Re: LF Blue Wheaten Cock For Sale
« Last post by Kara on December 17, 2018, 02:30:42 PM »
Sold :) Thanks, everyone! Merry Christmas!
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Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Hatching Fever lol
« Last post by Russ Blair on December 17, 2018, 06:20:10 AM »
Great idea John
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Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Hatching Fever lol
« Last post by John W Blehm on December 15, 2018, 07:49:25 PM »
I'm starting to get the itch too.  I setup my breeding pens/coops about a week ago with the birds on 10 hours of light.  I'll increase it to 12 hours on New Year's Eve and up to 16 hours a day by the time I start collecting eggs to hatch.  I've cut way back on the breeders and although my last hatch is usually the week before Memorial Day I plan to stop by the end of April this year.  I'm down to only Ameraucana chickens and Silver Pheasants now.  I was going to go with just blacks in large fowl, but I'll breed a few lavenders too.  In bantams I just have buff, lavender, wheaten and black and not many of any. 
I keep a calendar in the hatchery and like big ones to write notes on.  A few years back I started making my own each year and include preprinted notes to myself to keep me on schedule.  Here are some samples.
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YEAH, I am so glad to see that we are supporting Ameraucana around the world. Congratulations to Mehmet!  He pursued his dream and now owns some really nice Ameraucanas to present to Turkey and to other enthusiasts in Europe.
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They look great
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And here is a photo of the rosettes headed for Turkey.  ;)
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