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ADM Pen Pals Poultry Feeds

We will have a display table at the Moon City and Dayton Fancy Feather Shows. Stop by and check out ADM Pen Pals Poultry Feed line up. We will also have NutriDrench Poultry Supplements!

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Pyncheon Bantam Project!

photo by Diane Jacky!

I am working on a Pyncheon Bantam Project along with the Heritage Poultry Conservancy. It appears they are very rare and near extinction. I have contacted all know breeders but no success obtaining any starter stock. I did order some chicks from Welp Hatchery to get going but they will need some work. Any information or help is appreciated. I remember Rev. Hoying showed them at the Dayton Fancy Feather Show in the 1970’s and always enjoyed his stories about them! Message Matt on Facebook or email me at moderngameman@gmail.com! Thanks in advance!

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Incubators for Sale

I (Matt) have a few incubators for sale as I need to make some room.

SOLD #1 is an original Humidaire #20. Currently going thru it and verifying everything works as it should. Will come with a calibration thermometer. $400 firm, pm me on Facebook for more info and yes the original turner still works!

SOLD #2 is a combination deal. Humidaire 20 Setter and a Humidaire 21 hatcher. Both converted to Incubator warehouse digital controls and fans. 20 has a new turner motor that runs off the controller from incubator warehouse. Both have new stainless water pans and the heater bars removed. Both will have calibration thermometers in them. Hatched all my chicks in the 21 this year and it works great. Has two large hatching trays as it was designed for ostrich eggs. $1000 for both.

SOLD – The last is a Rite Farms 256. Just got it this year and set all my eggs in it. In fact there are eggs still in it. Works great, keeps humidity and temp like no other. Cones with 5 gallon water supply and calibration thermometer. Everyone asks why are you selling it? Frankly it works great and love the design, it is just too big for my needs. I have used only 1/3 of the three hatching trays and it’s silly to run this beast for no more eggs than I hatch. They are now $949 without the water supply and calibration thermometer, $800.

Prices are firm, don’t have to sell any of them. No shipping but can deliver if prepaid to the many fall show we are either judging or exhibiting at. Any questions, message Matt on Facebook or email moderngameman@gmail.com. If you are close, you are welcome to come and see them by appointment only.

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Few recent observations.

If you can not invest in a Standard Of Perfection, you should probably not be breeding exhibition poultry. Same goes for not being a member of the APA or ABA or subscribing to the Poultry Press. I know this fast paced information system we now have wants it all for free, but sometimes it takes an investment to get started.

I seen this graphic on friend Greg Michael’s Michaels Line Polish site and thought it pretty much summed up the difference between breeding and buying breeders.

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Feed Update

Wanted to update everyone on the feed situation. We currently are continuing on with Frontview feeds and will pick up an order this week. We ordered some Show Conditioner pellets for those wanting to try them out.

We have an agreement in the works to also distribute the ADM line of Poultry, Gamebird and Rabbit feed. Check out their website at https://www.admanimalnutrition.com/webcenter/portal/ADMAnimalNutrition/pages_feed

We have tested Hubbard, Blue Bonnet and Kalmbach and decided that was not the way to go. We are waiting on a new line of feed designed for and by Exhibition Poultry breeders to come out and will update as we test their formulas for our reviews!

We are always looking for new and better ways to feed our show birds and enjoy passing on our reviews to those that are interested!

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Buckeye Fancy Feather Show

Back in from the Buckeye Fancy Feather Show in Canfield Ohio. M&M had a good day with Matt heading over with Cam Cosart and Tylor Murray for a great day of Poultry showing. Mike stayed up in Toledo looking after his son Brysen, who is still in the hospital recovering.

We had Best AOCCL on a homegrown White Chantecler Bantam Cockerel. Many thanks to Anthony Ashley for the start in them. BV-RV in Black and White Cochin Bantams,RV Mottled Cochin bantam, RV Buff Cochin bantam, BB Ancona Bantam and placed a few Wheaten OEG Bantams.

Great to see old friends and make a few new ones. Nothing better than a day at a Poultry show for sure. I have been to Canfield off and on since the 1970’s and always enjoy the show and the trip over to the Eastern part of God’s Country the Indians called Ohio! See y’all at Marion County Indiana in a few weeks!

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A few incubation observations

As most of you know Mike and I have been fine tuning our incubation methods the last few years. Many years of doing the same old things with lack luster results has been our motivation. There has to be better ways and even old dogs can learn a few new tricks. A few observations I have made this year in hatching a record amount of chicks.

1#. Never and I mean never incubate and hatch in the same machine! Sure you can do it, but it drastically reduces your hatch rate. I only make a very few select matings designed to get certain results and every chick is important. I won’t set 100 eggs to only get 50 chicks. If your hatch rate is not in the high 90% rate, you doing something wrong.

2#. Contant temperature and humidity rates will produce better hatches. For many years, I dry set eggs with no added water in the setter and ran the hatcher at 55-60% humidity. While I had decent hatch rate in the 70% range, I was always disappointed some eggs did not hatch. This year I have maintained constant humidity of 45% in the setters and 55-60% in the hatcher and am around 97% percent. It will never be a perfect 100% but I will take 97%. Some reasons I think this works is that this mimics what commercial hatcheries do. They are in the business and a higher hatch rate means more profits, even a few percentage points makes a big difference. Fine tuning that, most older Incubators are either on or off. That means when the heater is on the temp is higher and the decreases until it kicks back on. This causes some variation in temperature that can affect your hatch. The narrower that range, the better your hatch. Thus, the newer electronic controls ramp up the temperature incrementally instead of simple heating at full power and then cooling off till the switch kicks in again. While it sounds like a little thing, I believe this makes a huge difference in hatch rates. Plenty of times in past years I seen 2-3 degree temperature ranges and I had poorer hatches than I have with the tiigher digital ranges. They can say all they want about micro switchs and wafers but they are full of beans. I will take an old Zytron or new electronic temp controller anyway. The next issue is constant humidity. It is much harder to regulate constantly than temperature. I believe this is the single most important factor in successful hatching of eggs. In my situation, 45% during the 18 days of setting allowed the eggs to dry down to 1/3rd air space which is the optimum for a chick to hatch. You need to maintain that 45% constantly throughout the 18 days or your dry down will be higher or lower depending on what happens and adversely affect your hatch rate. How do I maintain a constant humidity? The old Stonehouse Humidity units worked great but were expensive and hard to operate. A water pan is only as good as the person operating it. The Brinsea had a humidity pump but I found it unreliable. In my hatchers I regulate humidity with a water pan and exhaust vents. Opening or closing the vents to get the % I want. My incubators and hatchers are in the basement and have consistent temperature and humidity in the environment. This would be near impossible to do outside. Thus why folks struggle in that situation, and hatcheries regulate the temperature and humidity of their hatching areas. I regulate the humidity in my new Rite,Farms setting incubator thru a electronic controller and a gravity fed heated water pan. The pan heats as it gets data from the controller, too low humidity, it kicks on and warms the water till it gets to the desired humidity %. If humidity goes high, an exhaust fan kicks on and expels the excess humidity. This back and forth keeps it constantly at 45% and uses a gallon of water a day. Until I got the Rite Farms unit, I struggled to maintain a constant humidity and my hatch percentages were fluctuating. I believe this contant temperature and humidity regulation is the reason for better hatching percentages this year.

#3. Own an accurate thermometer and hydrometer. All the above is useless unless you can verify the true temperature and humidity of the unit. Verify everything before you make any adjustments. Many hatches have been lost because of it.