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Breeding / Re: 1st pullet egg of 2019
« Last post by Mike Gilbert on July 24, 2019, 01:45:32 PM »
If Bob can't come through, it looks like I'll have an extra cockerel that is half Dutch, half Silver Ameraucana.  But his comb is not showing three ridges at this point.
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Housing, Health & Hatching / Climate affects body
« Last post by Cesar Villegas on July 24, 2019, 12:39:54 PM »
Hereís a picture of the same bird. The top picture you see the lack of depth, the bottom you see more depth. Iím thinking this has to do with climate. Iím in the Phoenix area where we have extreme heat. The left picture was taken at 108 degree weather. The right was this morning on a cool cloudy and rainy morning. I must say Iím a impressed on how these Wheatonís have been heat tolerate. Theyíve been laying well in the extreme heat.

Iím thinking they shrink up to expell heat. Could this be right?
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Breeding / Re: 1st pullet egg of 2019
« Last post by John W Blehm on July 23, 2019, 10:44:30 PM »
Yes, not bad at all.  I have had a few laying for awhile now too, but my hatching started in January.  Did you get out of the bantam Silvers altogether?

I still have one bantam silver hen left and was hoping to borrow the silver Dutch male from Rennolet to work on the improvement project that you are doing.
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Breeding / Re: 1st pullet egg of 2019
« Last post by Rebecca G Howie on July 23, 2019, 02:44:03 PM »
I am getting some eggs from January and early February hatches, too. It always tickles me to see the little blue eggs start showing up.
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Breeding / Re: 1st pullet egg of 2019
« Last post by Mike Gilbert on July 23, 2019, 01:17:42 PM »
Yes, not bad at all.  I have had a few laying for awhile now too, but my hatching started in January.  Did you get out of the bantam Silvers altogether?
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Breeding / 1st pullet egg of 2019
« Last post by John W Blehm on July 23, 2019, 08:23:15 AM »
Yesterday I found the first bantam Ameraucana pullet egg of this year.  I don't know what variety laid it, since there are lavender, wheaten, buff and blacks in that coop.  My first hatch of the year was February 19th, so that would make it about 22 weeks or just over 5 months.  That's pretty good.   
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Breeding / Re: Angel Feathers (aka boule or bull neck)
« Last post by Steve Neumann on July 22, 2019, 01:40:11 PM »
Got an extreme case, I thought I would add a few images to the thread.  This is the first time I've ever seen it in my Blues. 
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Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Thoughts about incubators on my budget
« Last post by Russ Blair on July 21, 2019, 09:32:26 PM »
Out of 96 I figure 70 should hatch, I prefer to start and end my hatching season as quickly as I can. That way I don't have multiple pens of grow outs, meaning more than the 5 -6 I normally run lol. I always figure 1 out of 10 I hatch will be good birds, but it takes 100 to get an excellent one
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Housing, Health & Hatching / Re: Thoughts about incubators on my budget
« Last post by Dustin Bonner on July 19, 2019, 12:23:03 PM »
Russ, 96 per week? I have to ask, what do you do with all of them? I love the idea of hatching large numbers and picking the best but 96 a week could get over whelming fairly quickly.
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Breeding / Re: Muffs and beards in Wheaten-Blue Wheaten
« Last post by Mike Gilbert on July 19, 2019, 12:17:22 PM »
I don't consider it a serious problem, as it is the same as undercolor in wheatens.   I would be more concerned with the black hackle striping, and the shortage of orange color in the wing bay.    If you can get all-black ( or blue in blue wheatens) muffs, that's great.   I have seen them, usually in bantams with an all black wing bay.   But I have always felt there were more important flaws to work on.  It's just another reason why it is so much easier to win with an all black or all white bird. 
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