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    Standardbred Leghorn Thread

    I have been unable to find a thread specifically about Standardbred Leghorns, so I thought I'd start one. I'll be editing this first post to add information from the APA standard, as well as some other literature about the Leghorn that I've found helpful and interesting. This is not a thread to...
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    Culling from the Brooder

    I thought it would be interesting to crowdsource what everyone culls for in early stages from hatch through brooding. I'm guessing there are general things that are universal, and things that are breed specific. For me, the easy universal things are: 1) Vigor, I don't help chicks hatch, look...
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    Wine Cooler Incubator: I'm really nervous to make it!

    I bought a fairly large non-working wine cooler last summer for a couple bucks with the intention of making an incubator out of it, but I'm really reluctant to do the build for some reason! I think it's because I had terrible hatches for a long time with a cheap styrofoam incubator, and part of...
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    Barred + Mottled + Lavender Thread

    This is a brainstorming thread because, on paper, I'm stumped! I'm wanting to recreate the 55 Flowery autosexing pattern using my Houdans and Legbars, but the ultimate goal is to have it be lavender as well. My instinct is that I should attempt to incorporate that from the start, but I'm not...
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    Multiple Comb Type Breeds

    In breeds that have more than one comb option, why is it always just choosing between single comb and rose comb? Are there any breeds with multiple comb varieties that are NOT limited to these two choices? Just musing on this as I admire my Houdans lately. I LOVE their V combs. I wish I could...
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    HOLD THE PRESSES: Duane Urch is Done?!/Future of American Purebred Poultry

    I just came across this post on Facebook from A YEAR AGO and could find no mention of it when I search the forum, but this seems MAJOR. Can we talk about this post? I feel it's important: --copied content below-- This post was on the American Poultry Association and its author Joseph Marquette...
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    Poultry Meat Nutrition Study Design: Help!

    My dad and I have had an ongoing debate as to whether or not it's worth the time and cost and labor to grow out our own meaties. I know lots of people like to do it because they like to know what they eat or how they're treated, etc. But he insists on doing it because it's "healthier for you". I...
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    How To Start a Poultry Club and Get Sanctioned Shows

    We're a bit isolated up here in Alaska. I don't know anyone locally, in fact, that has ever participated in sanctioned poultry shows. BUT, we'd like to get that going up here. What do we have to do to get a club sanctioned and start bringing up an APA poultry judge that could also, perhaps, do a...
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    Grill Gazebo to Chicken Cabana conversion suggestions

    I bought two of these on clearance last fall: http://www.walmart.com/ip/19407321?adid=22222222227014698031&wmlspartner=wlpa&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=13222949830&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem I'd like to turn them into aviaries...one for my bantams and one for a pair or two of pigeons and a few quail...
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    Finally moving to the farm!

    I am so excited to finally be moving back down South to my family farm where I can apply more of the amazing knowledge I have gathered through this site, and others. It's been two or three years now of serious study and applying small sustainable farming practices to every little bit of land I...
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    Anyway to move eggs for lockdown?

    I think I need to move my incubator—eggs and all—before they actually start hatching. I had the brilliant idea of setting the incubator up in the basement at work because it has much warmer, more consistent temperature than my own home. Now, though, I'm wondering if it was a bad idea. I...
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    Grubbe Bearded Bantams in US?

    So, somewhere I came across this: http://www.aviculture-europe.nl/nummers/10e03a15.pdf And I am smitten with the tiny little rumpless, bearded bantam, the Grubbe. Are these in the US at all? Is this the rumpless version of the Antwerp Bearded Bantams? There are also photos on Feathersite...
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    Indianapolis Poultry Show at the end of October

    Who is going to this show? I will be there for the American Rabbit Breeders Association convention, and was tickled pink to find out there's a poultry show too! I've never been to a real one, just the fair ones up here that don't even have APA judges. I'd love to meet some of you, and maybe...
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    What about a SMALL pallet coop?

    I have seen lots of coops for larger numbers of birds requiring many pallets and much disassembling and re-assembling. Has anyone made a coop for just a few birds, using intact pallets? Thinking maybe something about 4'x4', or the size of one pallet, squared. I'm not very good with building...
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    Beige Chickens?

    I have some Silver Laced Polish x Broiler chickens that I thought would be what I have heard referred to as dominant white, I think? White with a few small black spots here and there? Anyway, they are kind of an off-white color. Looks like they've been rolling in dust and are dirty, not quite...
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    Selectively Breeding Barn Yard Mixes

    I was just wondering if anyone has applied good culling and selection practices to barnyard mixes? What would happen? Would the type and style eventually move towards some consistency, or would there always be wide variation if ONLY selecting for production, type, and hardiness with no eye...
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    How we legalized Backyard Chickens (in Anchorage, AK)

    Hey guys! Last week we celebrated a big victory here in Anchorage. We finally made it possible to legally own backyard chickens throughout the municipality. Previously, it was legal, but only if the chickens were kept 100' from property lines which is, of course, not feasible on the vast...
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    Lavender Laced

    A friend of mine has a Lavender Orpington roo in a pen with Silver Laced Polish hens and just for fun, we were talking about hatching some. I'm not concerned with getting this color on a bird that conforms to either parent breed standard, I would just like to know what it would take to get a...
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    Turner stripped, can I get away with tilting the whole LG?

    So, I realized my turner was stripped about 36 hours into incubating this large batch in my LG with an improvised fan. The racks are tilted to the far right and the turner won't shift, even though I unplugged it. I'd prefer to leave the eggs in the turner and just shift the incubator back and...
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    Could you make an incubator out of this?

    I'm thinking this could be a pretty awesome incubator! But I'm not sure how? What do you think? http://anchorage.craigslist.org/grd/2323619688.html
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