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Some Good News!
« on: June 24, 2020, 11:08:12 AM »
I received permission from Max Strawn to share his email of this morning, June 24th.   Congratulations to Max for finally getting it done with McMurray Hatchery!

On 6/24/2020 8:27 AM, Max Strawn wrote:
Good morning Mike!

I was contacted by Tom Watkins from McMurray Hatchery last winter. He said he had spoken with you about acquiring my line of large fowl Blue Ameraucana. Long story short, he hatched some chicks from the eggs I sent to him. Thank you for the recommendation. It's exciting to know that McMurray Hatchery will be promoting true Ameraucana!

Max

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Re: Some Good News!
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2020, 02:08:29 PM »
I hope they offer "standard" Ameraucanas too. 
Tom emailed me last year also about obtaining stock.  I told him I was long longer accepting orders for chicks, but maybe we could work something out.  After a few emails back and forth I didn't hear back from him and for various reasons that worked out best for me. 

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Re: Some Good News!
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2020, 08:10:09 PM »
I hope they offer "standard" Ameraucanas too. 
Tom emailed me last year also about obtaining stock.  I told him I was long longer accepting orders for chicks, but maybe we could work something out.  After a few emails back and forth I didn't hear back from him and for various reasons that worked out best for me.

Not sure what you mean.   Max's Blues are standard sized.   Did you mean bantams?
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Re: Some Good News!
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2020, 10:47:50 PM »
Standard as in the real thing...bantam and/or large fowl.
Bantams that meet the "standard" are standard chickens.   

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Re: Some Good News!
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2020, 01:30:39 PM »
John, I'm interested in your opinion on this. Cackle started with your line of self-blue, correct? Obviously it seems you,  and Max, and the source for Meyers Ameraucanas?, want the birds to get into more hands by getting hatcheries started with stock. For those looking for real Ameraucana and not EEs. This debate comes up a lot on the Facebook forums and when I tell others that some hatcheries are an option for those looking for the breed, I get a lot of people saying that's not a good option and to only buy them from a breeder. I judge county fair 4-H and FFA poultry and I've seen some of these hatchery Ameraucanas and they've been great quality. I know quality will vary, but it varies if you order chicks from a breeder as well (I've been breeding myself for a few years now.) I think many "breeders" out there just throw birds together and many are breeding what I would consider culls. So in reality, hatchery Ameraucanas are a good option for many. This is my opinion. Just wondering what your thoughts are and how I could help others on these forums.

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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2020, 04:05:06 PM »
John, I'm interested in your opinion on this. Cackle started with your line of self-blue, correct? Obviously it seems you,  and Max, and the source for Meyers Ameraucanas?, want the birds to get into more hands by getting hatcheries started with stock. For those looking for real Ameraucana and not EEs. This debate comes up a lot on the Facebook forums and when I tell others that some hatcheries are an option for those looking for the breed, I get a lot of people saying that's not a good option and to only buy them from a breeder. I judge county fair 4-H and FFA poultry and I've seen some of these hatchery Ameraucanas and they've been great quality. I know quality will vary, but it varies if you order chicks from a breeder as well (I've been breeding myself for a few years now.) I think many "breeders" out there just throw birds together and many are breeding what I would consider culls. So in reality, hatchery Ameraucanas are a good option for many. This is my opinion. Just wondering what your thoughts are and how I could help others on these forums.

I know you mean large fowl lavender.  I created them in 2005 and Harry Shaffer developed his own line of them, after he heard I was working on them.  Most if not all out there would go back to my original line and I know at least one person mixed the two lines/stains. 
Jeff Smith, of Cackle Hatchery, is an Alliance member.  His LF black and white Ameraucana lines were started from chicks that came from me.  My records show I was to send him LF black, buff and lavender chicks, but I didn't have enough buffs to spare and I don't remember if I had lavenders to send.  It doesn't matter though, since once someone breeds the results are their lines.
I know there was at least one irate fancier when she heard a big commercial hatchery was now offering "standard" Ameraucanas, but those that have been at this for a while know that can only be a positive thing.  We've spent decades trying to get them to quit calling their mongrel birds Ameraucanas and Cackle has been great about it. 
Last November Jeff said...
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Yes, the other hatcheries are putting a bad reputation out with not having good information out about the differences of easter eggers and Ameraucanas   I struggled with [edit] for years to let me change our information...Just hope others see us as a leader when comparing hatchery’s....Your blacks threw some whites years back and I have been breeding the whites to whites and they look pretty good.
For many years I told fanciers to only buy from breeders, if they wanted birds for show.  The stock Cackle received from me was the best I had at that time, so the genes were there to produce better future generations.  Mine are better today than then and maybe what they are selling have improved also.  At this time I personally don't know many breeders are offering anything better.

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Re: Some Good News!
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2020, 04:58:42 PM »
I'd also agree that it isn't a bad thing. If the quality isn't good the hatchery will hear about it and sales will go down because they are charging a premium price for the chicks.

I do like to see standard bred Ameraucana at a mainstream hatchery.

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Re: Some Good News!
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2020, 11:00:03 PM »
Thank you both so much for your input. I've been reading through all of the past bulletins (I have read through 1994 so far) and I see that it has always been an issue, but I also read praise to McMurray (and others) for sparking passion in the poultry fancy and getting many started. I think the issue is multifaceted and many new fanciers don't realize that. I'm really enjoying reading through the old bulletins. There are a lot of gold nuggets in them.

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Re: Some Good News!
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2020, 04:04:10 PM »
Here are some of my posts on BYC a few years ago on the subject...

Quote from: John on BYC 2/8/2016
I do business, as a whole seller (of nest boxes), with a few commercial hatcheries and have become friends with owners of a couple. I have promoted buying hybrid egg producing and meat birds from commercial hatcheries for several years, since they have access to the best. But I've always suggested breeders, not commercial hatcheries, are the best sources for "standard" bred poultry.
When I created LF black, white, blue and buff Ameraucanas close to 30 years ago I bought "hatchery" chicks to get some of the genetics I needed to cross with a bantam cock from Jerry Segler. I didn't need show quality birds of other breeds to develop the varieties of Ameraucanas I had planned.
Some of us have battled for many decades with those BIG commercial hatcheries to get them to stop calling Easter Eggers "Araucanas/Ameraucanas", americana, ameracauna, etc. and we have seen progress. I've seen it posted several times that an Ohio hatchery has real or true blue Ameraucanas. Personally I think it is a step in the right direction for Cackle to offer "real" Ameraucanas also. When a commercial hatchery has the "real thing" it helps force them into renaming their "Araucanas/Ameraucanas" Easter Eggers.

Quote from: John on BYC 2/8/2016
...And it is funny how we know top breeders have better Rocks, Orpingtons and Marans than commercial hatcheries, but at least one person has a problem with one hatchery now having Ameraucanas that could rate the same.
Keep in mind that no matter what I say here it will be spun by one. Don't get sucked in.

Quote from: John on BYC 2/9/2016
A debate or to argue your point works for me. One of my sayings is none of us were born with the knowledge we have.
When Jeff, at Cackle, ordered them I assumed he was going to start offering LF black Ameraucanas. Later in an email he said he would be "adding them to our easter egger flock" and I assumed that was all they were doing with them. I just found out a day or so ago they were offering them. I say all that to try to answer the question, but I was hoping they would offer them and understand that once they buy the chicks they can do as they please.
It would be nice if all the commercial hatcheries would offer them. It could only help to promote the breed and as always with any standard breed fanciers will learn to go to top breeders for top stock. Look how many backyarders start out with "hatchery" birds and feed store chicks that are the same. Look how often you see the same posts here asking if their chicken is an Ameraucana. Education is the key and although we won't all agree some of us feel this is yet another step in the right direction.
Some times different life views are going to influence how we see this. I am not a "save the heritage chicken" type of guy. I don't believe some chicken breeds are "blue bloods". If someone prefers Easter Eggers over standard bred chickens that is completely up to them. My only concern is that there is truth in advertising and that all decisions are based on fact.
We may not agree on the road, but I believe we have common ground in the end.
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Re: Some Good News!
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2020, 01:55:55 AM »
Ah. I see now who the opposition was in that thread. Makes sense. That's probably why so many on the Facebook forums (not the Alliance) get hypersensitive when someone mentions the fact that yes, some hatcheries have Ameraucanas now.

Thanks for the input.

I've actually recently acquired a couple of young lavenders from Cackle.They were ordered as a Lavender Orpington by a 4-H exhibitor and one cockerel was entered (as an Orpington) at a local county fair market class I judged this summer. I was surprised to hear he came from Cackle, but I signed up as a cull buyer to bring him home with me. He is almost nicer than my own lavender cock I am using for breeding. So I'm hoping to start a second family line here and see what happens.

Obviously they haven't completely ruined them yet.

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Re: Some Good News!
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2020, 11:26:06 PM »
Last year I purchased an aging flock which consisted of Strawn rooster over Strawn/Smith hens (daughters from Smith hens 2 years back. I think the roo aged out, I know the girls are on their way. Do I have to go to the hatchery to purchase these birds, or does another breed have quality birds (eggs or chicks) I can acquire? 🐣

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« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2020, 09:01:48 AM »
Last year I purchased an aging flock which consisted of Strawn rooster over Strawn/Smith hens (daughters from Smith hens 2 years back. I think the roo aged out, I know the girls are on their way. Do I have to go to the hatchery to purchase these birds, or does another breed have quality birds (eggs or chicks) I can acquire? 🐣

Are you asking about lavenders or blues?   Either way, there is a breeders directory on this website that lists the different varieties that participating breeders are offering.   As far as I know, Max still has the most advanced flock of blues.   You could ask for photos of the breeding flock if you plan to order eggs or chicks. 
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