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Rare Breeds Royal Show - Canberra June 2017

Posted by Peter Shands on June 26, 2016 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello All,

The Royal Canberra Poultry Show 2017 wil be held on the June long weekend.

In 2017 this show will hold a Rare Breeds Championship within the event.

Campine exhibits have been present in good number since 2009 when the Campine was the Feature Breed of the Show. The 2017 Royal Canberra Poultry Show presents as wonderful exhibition "home" for our breed.

I do hope we can all breed good numbers this season and put on an excellent showing of our Campines again.

Please get in touch with me if you would like any information at all.

Cheers for now,

Peter

Jude

Posted by Jude on October 21, 2013 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Very pleased with my newly acquired Silver Trio, thank you so much Des for letting me have these birds.


incubating Campine eggs

Posted by julie on February 25, 2013 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (4)

hello fellow Campine lovers,

I have hatched Campines in both an incubator and also using a broody hen, wonderful results with the broody, but only fair results with the incubator.

It has been suggested that I should lower the incubator temperature.

Can anyone tell me what temp. I should set?

yours in hatching,

Julie

Campine Breeders workshop

Posted by Peter Shands on January 23, 2013 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (2)

Hello all.

The Feather Club of Queensland is holding a Breeders workshop at the Rosewood Showgrounds on March the 3rd commencing at 9am. One of the featured breeds is the Campine. Presented by Ross Summerell who is an expert poultryman and a long term Campine breeder. I will be attending and encourage all Campine Breeders to come along ... this will be an outstanding day. Secretary's contact number, details and map link are now on the Calendar (see 3rd March) www.qldpoultry.com.au

NOTE: 26th January.

You will now find the booking slip under RESOURCES - Documents (bottom of index page)

Peter

moss vale may show

Posted by dunollie campines on January 23, 2013 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (1)

hi everyone our moss vale poultry club has added campines to the show schedule and i would like to invite everyone with campines toshow this may at our annual show i am encouraging all campine breeders to make an appearance if they can i am promoting the breed so others will join us mad camper breeders. please join me and show the force of the campine in the southern highlands and surrrounds. many thanks angela dunollie campines.

fox control

Posted by Jan Kates on January 12, 2013 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (5)

Peter's news of day time fox raids (he is not far from me - as the fox marauds, and the news that another neighbour has lost chickens also, leads me to ask if anyone has a basic fox trap design? Of the cage type I mean.

Jan

campines

Posted by dunollie campines on January 3, 2013 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

hi peter have now looked at the blog looks great read the articles  you have done a great job will get started looking for information to help with this site. i will be dragging books out all day if the temperatures go too high for outdoor work again well done never lose sight of the big picture these birds are the most intelligent, inquisitive and very much problem solving birds of the poultry world i have spent far too much time in the paddock with them but when watched closely they show the way we just have to follow. angela

Classing Campines

Posted by Peter Shands on January 2, 2013 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (2)

Well ... selecting which of my Campines to retain and breed from is always very challenging for me.

I'm always trying to find better ways to select the "keepers" and 'A' Class birds as early in their life as I can. With any luck the day will come when I can accurately class day old chicks (says he looking skywards!) or maybe even the eggs themselves??

I pedigree record all my chicks as soon as they hatch using wing tag identification and a software program ZOOEASY that is purpose built for poultry. This is a huge job but hopefully one day it will pay dividends. ZOOEASY allows photo records as well and I am hopeful that this will help identify "family" traits.

This year I commenced a photo record of my birds for Classing purposes. I've put some of these photos in an album on the web-site PHOTO GALLERY - (CLASSING PHOTOS) is the album.

Looking forward to feedback about the concept and of course any comments on the content of the photos.

Cheers

Peter

Congratulations on the Site Enhancements

Posted by Des on January 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Peter

Well done on the outcome of the effort you have put into this site.  We don't 'blog' as a rule but only because we don't know how to do so.  Look forward to watching knowledge and ideas being exchanged between people interested in preserving Campines.  Here goes our first post.:)

Des B

Armidale NSW

Eliminating Feather Picking

Posted by Peter Shands on January 2, 2013 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (2)

While I was publishing the 2 fact sheets on feather picking today I re-read Fred Jeffrey's excellent section in his book BANTAM CHICKENS. This section is now included in our site.

What occurred to me was that the Campine naturally ticks a few of the "predisposing boxes".

I select for slow feathering birds as I believe they more often than not become the best marked birds ... slow feathering birds are natural targets. Also bright coloured birds seem to be targets (according to Fred Jeffrey) which explains why my Campines get feather picked even when running with my wyandottes that are not.

This year in an effort to keep the chicks busy I fed wheat as scratch mix and probably too much of it perhaps, so this led to a reduction in the protein intake and therefore a demand for more via feather picking.

And despite my very best intentions my work schedule meant I did not mover growers into larger pens early enough.

End result I now have to manage the results of my own influence ... I don't any longer believe it is a breed fault. Simply, there is a natural accumulation of predisposing factors that are inherent in the Campines and that means we breeders must learn the best practices and follow them.

So if you have any observations please post these here so the breed benefits.

Oh by the way ... I cannot let the Campines run free here due to the fox highway we live on and the aerial predators that to date have kept sparrows, starlings and Indian Mynah birds away (for over 25 years). Two neighbours have had midday fox raids this week with heavy losses.

Welcome to our Forum.

Peter


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