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Breeding / Re: Improving LF buff Ameraucanas
« Last post by Mike Gilbert on June 10, 2021, 02:52:16 PM »
My October hatched LF Blue Wheaten pullets are laying a small egg too.    The good news is that they are blue, not greenish, and they lay a lot of them.    These are out of one of the last of Barb Campbell's roosters, a wheaten.   I lost him over the winter to a digestive issue, so am happy I decided to use him last fall.   
Breeding / Re: Improving LF buff Ameraucanas
« Last post by John W Blehm on June 10, 2021, 01:14:06 PM »
I noticed 6 eggs on the ground, yesterday, in the pen of LF buffs.  Since my 1st hatch of this year was on January 19th, this makes the oldest pullets 20 weeks old.  The bad news is even for pullet eggs these are small.  The good news is even though some were more greenish, in person than in this photo, about half were much bluer than is normally expected from LF buff Ameraucanas.  Part of the logic behind the crosses I made was to improve egg color and size, using LF blacks that lay large to exra-large blue eggs and Polish that lay white/tinted eggs.
Here are the bantam winners.   The Gilbert Wheaten pullet (best AOCCL) and Gary Rossman's White trio pullet (RB).   I apologize for the photo of Gary's bird, but with the heat, she just would not pose.  The photo does not come close to doing her justice.
There were a lot of nice Ameraucanas shown on June 5th.  It was very hot - mid 90's - and the birds were stressed from the heat, though we did have big fans moving fresh air through the two exhibit buildings.  But it made for difficult picture taking because the birds were panting.   I did get photos of BB and RB in large fowl and bantam Ams.   Jim Fegan's black LF cock took best AOSB of show, and my Wheaten pullet took best AOCCL in a class of 92.   Bart Pals did the LF Ameraucana judging and Don Karasek judged the bantams.   Also, a trio of Wheaten bantams donated to the silent auction brought $100 for the Coulee Region Poultry Club.   A big thanks to Amy Jensen for the winning bid!
Here are the winners:   Jim's Black followed by RB LF Ameraucana, a Blue hen shown by Scott Lepak.
Nope, masks are optional.   We did have a company donate 3 oz bottles of hand sanitizers, and we are giving those out to our exhibitors.   We are not doing a raffle this year because folks tend to congregate around those tables.   We will have a silent auction of poultry related items, but ask that folks be respectful of common sense distancing.   It will be hot here Saturday, so the big doors will be wide open and large barn fans will be used to keep the air flowing through.   No rain in the forecast, but 92 degrees for a high.  We do clean up the same night. 
Exhibiting, Promoting & Club Notes / Re: Coulee Region Poultry Show/Alliance Meet
« Last post by Suki on June 01, 2021, 11:15:55 AM »
Do you still need masks in WI for such meets Mike?

Ameraucana Marketplace / Re: APA Advertisement
« Last post by Suki on June 01, 2021, 11:12:06 AM »
Thanks Mike for the update.  I was surprised too how close  in location she was to him too.

Ameraucana Marketplace / Re: APA Advertisement
« Last post by Mike Gilbert on May 31, 2021, 01:19:00 PM »
I've already heard back from Bart.   He will contact the applicant - and he was surprised she lived right in his area. 
Ameraucana Marketplace / APA Advertisement
« Last post by Suki on May 31, 2021, 12:22:53 AM »
I posted the APA advertisement for an artist on our FB page.  We received one application that I have forwarded to Mike G for him to submit to Mr. Pals.  I thought this was a real feather in our cap.

Exhibiting, Promoting & Club Notes / Poultry Press Interview
« Last post by Mike Gilbert on May 29, 2021, 06:01:17 PM »
The June issue of Poultry Press has an interview I did with youong APA judge Nate Rynish starting on page 5. It delves into several different aspects of Ameraucana history and breeding. Nate wrote and submitted the article.   There is also an expanded version of this interview in my book.
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