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Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: The end of another hatching season
« Last post by John W Blehm on May 21, 2018, 10:23:23 PM »
My first hatch was February 13th, so the oldest ones are just over 3 months old now.  I started a week or so earlier than planned and it's probably a good thing, since we have such an early national meet date this year.

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Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: The end of another hatching season
« Last post by Russ Blair on May 21, 2018, 09:48:24 PM »
Nice looking group of grow outs John, makes me realize how late my hatches really are lol
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Housing, Health & Hatching / The end of another hatching season
« Last post by John W Blehm on May 21, 2018, 12:58:26 PM »
Tomorrow is my last big hatch day of the season.  I'll only keep setting some of my from the pheasant/Ameraucana cross project to try to keep some chicks...none to date. 
I have sent out hundreds of Ameraucana chicks to customers around the country again this year and have hundreds of started birds that I'll grow out for a while and sort thru about once a month till late fall.  I sell the rejects locally as meat birds and keep just the best of the best to winter and use as breeders in 2019. 
The plan is to hatch maybe half as many chicks next year or less...just don't have the ambition or energy.
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Ameraucana Marketplace / Re: Birds for sale at National Meet
« Last post by Mike Gilbert on May 20, 2018, 09:12:05 PM »

  Sure, no problem Russ. 
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Ameraucana Marketplace / Re: Birds for sale at National Meet
« Last post by Russ Blair on May 20, 2018, 07:10:54 PM »
Mike I would prefer to pick them up at our National Meet if thatís ok. Hopefully that gives me time to finish up the many projects I have under way, more importantly give me time to build some new pens as well. Max I am glad to hear the good news and also looking forward to seeing you guys at our National Meet. I wish I could say I was going to give your LF Blues a run for there money. Unfortunately it will take a miracle to have some finished by then, Fowl Fest and Ohio Nationals are a better show for me, since I had such a late start hatching.
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Ameraucana Marketplace / Re: Birds for sale at National Meet
« Last post by Mike Gilbert on May 18, 2018, 01:32:49 PM »
 Sounds good Max.   Glad to hear you are coming!
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Ameraucana Marketplace / Re: Birds for sale at National Meet
« Last post by Max Strawn on May 18, 2018, 12:25:58 PM »
Duplicate Russ's order for me. TAHC tested my birds last week and I am now ILT free! ;D ;D
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Ameraucana Marketplace / Re: Birds for sale at National Meet
« Last post by Mike Gilbert on May 18, 2018, 10:40:15 AM »
Mike I would tak two pair of whites and a brown red bantam cockerel if you have an extra.

I wish you were coming to Galesville, as I could have sent some home with you then.  But I'll bring some to the national for you to pick from.  Unless you would like me to send some home for you with John?   I probably should have asked John before saying that. 
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Ameraucana Marketplace / Re: Birds for sale at National Meet
« Last post by Russ Blair on May 17, 2018, 09:38:24 PM »
Mike I would tak two pair of whites and a brown red bantam cockerel if you have an extra.
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Ameraucana Marketplace / Birds for sale at National Meet
« Last post by Mike Gilbert on May 17, 2018, 01:40:21 PM »
I sorted a group of the older 2018 hatched bantams this morning, and it looks like I will have plenty to share at our National Meet at the end of September.   Bantam Ameraucanas in White, Wheaten, Blue Wheaten and a few Splash Wheaten.     No Brown Reds to spare this year, except possibly a cockerel or two or three.   Some of these birds will no doubt be entered in the show, and those not quite finished out, too young to show, or with broken feathers will be brought along if they are pre-ordered.   $25 per bird.   

Edited to add:   I vaccinate for Mareks, Laryngo, Newcastle/Bronchitis, and Coryza.   No culls will be sold, and I cull pretty hard as I have a ready market for them as butcher birds. 
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