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I like having a back up plan for Northern National. Especially since it’s up in the air until Sept 1. I would be able to make the Northern but it is not looking good for the Southerns possible new date and venue.
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Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Dead before hatch
« Last post by Mike Gilbert on August 03, 2020, 05:24:14 PM »
This link might be helpful.    Are you disinfecting the eggs prior to incubation?   If the eggshells are porous, it allows microbes to enter the embryo and kill it.   https://web.extension.illinois.edu/eggs/res24-00.html       
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The board was given the option of eliminating the 60 days, changing it to 31 days or leaving it as is and the majority voted to change it to 31 days.
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Stacy Melton and I were speaking about this just today. I think if it is a small meet with just the Ameraucana folks it should be safe enough. I would love to see everyone. I vote as a yes if we are voting. I had planned on bringing my son along this time so he could show his pretty white bantams i picked up for him last year.

Thank you.  Our national meet placed at the Fowl Fest, in Michigan, hasn't been canceled yet so this is the back up plan that the board will vote on soon.  To hear that members would plan to come should make the decision and easy one for the board.
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Stacy Melton and I were speaking about this just today. I think if it is a small meet with just the Ameraucana folks it should be safe enough. I would love to see everyone. I vote as a yes if we are voting. I had planned on bringing my son along this time so he could show his pretty white bantams i picked up for him last year.
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Housing, Health & Hatching / Dead before hatch
« Last post by Suki on August 02, 2020, 05:50:38 PM »
I am having this problem only with AMs...the chick dies in shell around day 18.  Ideas?


thanks Sue
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If John can get a judge, his offer sounds swell.

Sue Paolini
the Commonwealth
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John that is a very gracious offer. I personally like the idea of having a contingency plan. Especially if we are still planning on special awards? Which perhaps we may need to avoid this year due to the circumstances? I know I would plan on attending if we had it at your place.
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Missouri State Poultry Association that was to host our Ameraucana Southern National has cancelled their show for this October.
Quote from: email from Bernita Miller
We have decided to cancel the fall show 2020. Just want everyone to be safe, we are planning next show for 4-17-2021, Keep us in mind for next year.
Our board of directors will decide whether or not to find another venue to replace this one, but due to COVID19 some shows that haven't cancelled yet may still.

Michigan Poultry Fanciers is hosting our Ameraucana Northern National, but it looks as if their show will probably be cancelled also. 
Quote from: email from Matt Boensch
We are going to make a final decision on Sept 1.  Either release a catalog or not.  I am not at all hopeful.
I would like a backup plan in place and the MPF will loan us enough show cooping to put an Ameraucana only national meet at my place, if the Fowl Fest is cancelled.  I have a 30’ by 40’ shed that could be cleared out for the birds.  There is also an enclosed pavilion and barrier-free restroom in our backyard for attendees to use while here.  We are just 7.5 miles from the I-75 exit in Birch Run and there many hotels between Bridgeport, Frankenmuth and Birch Run…the 3 closest towns to my place.  RVs/campers could park in our backyard and have electrical hookups, with their extension cords.  This would be for our members and their families only.  We would need one licensed judge and pay meet fees to the APA & ABA.  I have made this proposal to our board of directors, so please feel free to comment here before we vote on any alternative plans. 
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I agree with Beth, but I can see John's point too.   I think a reasonable compromise would be to limit the grace period to 31 days.    That would give anyone until January 31st to renew.   I would hate to see us lose members completely because they got too busy to remember.   Some folks have a lot going on in their lives, unlike us who are retired or semi-retired, including illness or illness in the family.    I know I went through about 2 weeks at the beginning of January until mid-January this year of being very "under the weather."   Poultry clubs were about the last thing on my mind during that period.
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