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Exhibiting, Promoting & Club Notes / Re: WFF Cascade Spring Show
« Last post by Michele Cram on Today at 11:58:34 AM »
I can probably make it.
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Exhibiting, Promoting & Club Notes / Re: 2018 National
« Last post by John W Blehm on December 14, 2017, 07:35:45 PM »
Russ will head up another Ameraucana auction at the Wisconsin International and instead of just birds we'll accept items related to our breed and club.
I still have some plates the were awards with Ameraucanas painted by Areatha Mahan.  I bought a wood, wall mount, plate/dish display rack and put four of the award plates on it to donate along with a few other items.
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Breeding / Re: Odd colored Brown Red Chicks
« Last post by John W Blehm on December 14, 2017, 11:10:11 AM »
Someone has done some recent outcrossing or crossbreeding.  A so called fence jumper could be the blame.  I suggest starting over with birds from another source.
If you grow them out and one ends up a cockerel with a wing triangle they carry e+. 
Two are light and one is dark in the photo...maybe silver and gold.  If any end up more silver than gold I would guess the outcross was with silver Ameraucanas.
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Breeding / Re: Odd colored Brown Red Chicks
« Last post by Mike Gilbert on December 14, 2017, 09:19:13 AM »
I had seen that in the large fowl, although not for the past few years, but never in the bantams before.   The odd large fowl grew up to be nothing worth keeping.  I would cull these chicks and not waste any space, time or feed on them.    My best guess is a different e-locus gene floating around in the gene pool.  Either Eb or e+, and I lean toward Eb.   Both are recessive to ER (birchen), which means unfortunately, that both male and female parents were/are carriers.   Also means about 2/3 of the properly colored chicks would be carriers.   If you want to rid your gene pool of this, you need to do a test mating on each of your breeders.   Which might be a good reason to keep just a few of these oddities to use in test matings. 
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Breeding / Odd colored Brown Red Chicks
« Last post by Max Strawn on December 14, 2017, 09:01:44 AM »
So I've hatched a few bantam Brown Red chicks that have the chipmunk pattern. Any idea what they may look like when they are grown?
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Breeding / Re: Wing bands
« Last post by Beth Curran on December 13, 2017, 10:47:11 AM »
I checked and mine are size 3. I could stand for them to be a little bigger.

Sometimes with the bantams I wait until they're a week old, just don't wait too long or the skin is too thick and the band will bend instead of going through.
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Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Brooder room
« Last post by Jeffery Vance on December 13, 2017, 10:25:11 AM »
John we did you pursue the thermostat control for your heat lamps?
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Exhibiting, Promoting & Club Notes / Re: West Coast National?
« Last post by Cesar Villegas on December 11, 2017, 01:29:19 PM »
I second the motion to amend the constitution to include a fall and spring show if applicable that year.

I agree with Max it would allow more people to participate.



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Breeding / Re: What to pair with a buff pullet?
« Last post by John W Blehm on December 11, 2017, 09:58:52 AM »
I ended up with some single bantam pullets. Most I know how to pair with other colors, but I'm not sure what I will get from a buff pullet in with the lavenders or silvers (the 2 color cockerels I have). Is there any interesting colors I could breed toward using a buff?

Also, if I cross wheaten and lavender, the chicks will be black, not wheaten, right? Crossing he F2's should produce a tiny number of lavender wheatens, right?

The F1 generation is the first one produced by the Parental (P) generation, the initial birds used in a cross. 

Using a silver (S) based silver (the variety) cockerel over a buff pullet should produce pullets that are silver/white and cockerels that are silver, but with some gold/buff showing thru and all the offspring will probably have some black in their tails and other areas.
The lavender cockerel over the buff pullet should produce chicks that are mostly black. 
The results from a lavender K over a wheaten P should be about the same, as you mentioned. 
Wheaten and buff are gold (s+) based and lavender should be silver (S) based.  If you wanted to create The F1 birds bred together could produce some
The Chicken Calculator may help give you a better idea of what to expect.
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Breeding / What to pair with a buff pullet?
« Last post by Dennis Heltzel on December 11, 2017, 08:44:03 AM »
I ended up with some single bantam pullets. Most I know how to pair with other colors, but I'm not sure what I will get from a buff pullet in with the lavenders or silvers (the 2 color cockerels I have). Is there any interesting colors I could breed toward using a buff?

Also, if I cross wheaten and lavender, the chicks will be black, not wheaten, right? Crossing he F2's should produce a tiny number of lavender wheatens, right?
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