|Posted by Peter Shands on January 23, 2013 at 4:25 PM||comments (41)|
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)
|Posted by Peter Shands on January 2, 2013 at 7:40 PM||comments (85)|
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.
|Posted by Peter Shands on January 2, 2013 at 5:40 AM||comments (40)|
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.
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