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#1 2016-02-10 01:52:31

poplar girl
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From: Athabasca, AB, Canada
Registered: 2011-06-30
Posts: 3159

Upcoming Basque Rooster Seminar!

Attention all NABHA Members!

As a special perk for joining NABHA, we are truly excited to offer our very first
collaborative on-line seminar on Friday, February 19th. This unique seminar will help us pick out the strengths
and weaknesses of our Basque roosters to make sure we are prepared for breeding season. Balancing out the
strengths and weaknesses of our boys and girls presents the best opportunity to see improvement in the next
generation of our Basques.

And it is so easy! All NABHA members are invited to submit pictures of the boys they would like to discuss – a
fantastic opportunity to get some additional eyes on your birds to help evaluate them. To be clear, this is not a
show, a seminar on photography, or an exhibition on coop cleaning; it is a cooperative effort to further our
beloved Basques. We are not looking to find the best bird. We are looking to help all of our members evaluate
their birds, and to help all of us better understand Basques as a breed.

To get the most out of the seminar, please send in four (4) pictures of each rooster you want to discuss. The
four pictures should include a side-view of the whole bird (profile), a shot from the front (to evaluate breast
width), a shot from the top (to evaluate back width), and a close-up of the head (profile). To get you started,
you will find sample pictures attached to this invitation.

Although it can be tricky to get good shots of individual Basques because they are so nosy, the more clear and
close-up the pictures, the better the feedback will be. Our board members have already started snapping
shots – and discovered that the only way to keep everybody else from photobombing the pictures was to
remove the “model” and let him pose on his own!
The seminar will take place on Friday, February 19that 8:30pm Atlantic time, 7:30pm Eastern time, 6:30pm
Central time, 5:30pm Mountain time and 4:30pm Pacific time. To allow our gracious seminar organizer (thanks
Michelle!) enough time to label and arrange the photos, please email them to:
basquehenassociation@gmail.com no later than 5pm Eastern time on Thursday, February 18th. All members,
regardless of whether they send in photos, are invited to attend but are asked to reply to this invitation by
email no later than Thursday, February 18th, so that we can send you the information needed to attend the
seminar.

Please send the four photos for each rooster as one email. If you have more than one rooster you would like
evaluated, send the next four photos in a separate email. Please include in the email the name of the rooster
or some other identifier. The name or identifier you send the entry in under will be used to label your
rooster(s) pictures during the seminar. If a member sends in multiple entries we will try to place your boys side
by side so they can be more easily compared and evaluated together!

The online program we will use for the seminar is so easy to use that anybody with a computer and internet
connection can manage it. The simple program called JoinMe allows us to all see the same picture at the same
time and speak via conference call. This is not a video conference so only your roosters, not you, will be seen
on the screen! For audio you can use your computer or can call in using your phone (long distance charges
within your country may apply). More details on how to connect will be included in the confirmation email –
for now, just get snapping those photos!

Not a NABHA member yet? No problem! Just click on the link below to become a member and be eligible to
join us for the seminar – we are glad to have you! http://nabha.weebly.com/join-nabha.html And, if you do
have any questions about the seminar or about NABHA in general, please email us at any time:
basquehenassocation@gmail.com

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#2 2016-02-11 12:17:40

poplar girl
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From: Athabasca, AB, Canada
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Re: Upcoming Basque Rooster Seminar!

Since I knew ahead of time this seminar was coming i entered one cockerel already, he is featured in pictures 2 and 4 above.

Who else is planning to enter birds or participate in the discussion?


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#3 2016-02-11 13:12:43

hollowridge
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From: Lunenburg, County, Nova Scotia
Registered: 2013-03-25
Posts: 259

Re: Upcoming Basque Rooster Seminar!

:love: Your pictures, great shots!  They are little buggers when it comes to picture taking.  We haven't joined in, maybe next year when we get the new coop done and go at it hard. 
# 1 has such nice neck feather colour and with that beak he must have nice yellow legs.
#2 looks a lot like our one guy minus the cone
#4 guys I am in love with his colours

You will have to show the pictures of the two you chose and give us a run down on what is said about them.

Good luck, hope you get lots of great feed back.

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#4 2016-02-12 18:00:16

poplar girl
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Posts: 3159

Re: Upcoming Basque Rooster Seminar!

Pics 1 and 4 are one of Island girl's cockerel, I think he is lovely. I am really looking forward in general to the discussion we're going to have next Friday!

You shouldn't wait to join NABHA Hollowridge, I think you would enjoy the online seminars and newsletter that share info on our beloved Basques. You certainly don't need to be a big breeder to get value and enjoyment out of it, believe me you qualify!


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#5 2016-02-27 17:48:16

poplar girl
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From: Athabasca, AB, Canada
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Re: Upcoming Basque Rooster Seminar!

The rooster seminar last weekend was a great success! Technology didn't fail us and it was fun and educational! 16 handsome red cuckoo (marraduna) roosters were discussed and we had some very nice examples of the breed represented!


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#6 2016-03-20 15:06:06

Island Girl
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From: Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Isla
Registered: 2011-07-06
Posts: 1403

Re: Upcoming Basque Rooster Seminar!

poplar girl wrote:

Pics 1 and 4 are one of Island girl's cockerel, I think he is lovely. I am really looking forward in general to the discussion we're going to have next Friday!

You shouldn't wait to join NABHA Hollowridge, I think you would enjoy the online seminars and newsletter that share info on our beloved Basques. You certainly don't need to be a big breeder to get value and enjoyment out of it, believe me you qualify!

Egads ... I was thinking about culling one of my three roos today and I had decided on the fellow in the pictures (1 & 4) they are the head and front shot of the same boy. Now I am second guessing myself. I wish I could have recorded the whole seminar so that I could go over all the points we discussed!! I will be scouring over the notes I made to help me decide.  :shock:

XOX Monika

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#7 2016-03-20 16:23:06

hollowridge
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From: Lunenburg, County, Nova Scotia
Registered: 2013-03-25
Posts: 259

Re: Upcoming Basque Rooster Seminar!

Thanks PG,
Oh I wish if you were to cull that fellow, that we could take him :love:, that is if he is nice!
Our bad little bugger, LS, is still alive and kicking.  Hubby wanted him gone long ago, but I wanted some of his traits to pass down.  So as soon as we collected the eggs he was going to be history
Then the planned day came and dear Hubby said," maybe we should wait till the chicks hatch just in case".  LS is one lucky boy, :lol: Lockdown tonight, so I was thinking Easter Sunday, but again hubby goes, " You know what happens on Easter Sunday?"  :duh:
:banginghead:  Guess the guy may make it a little longer, maybe April Fool's Day!!  :funny:

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#8 2016-03-21 02:59:42

Island Girl
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From: Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Isla
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Re: Upcoming Basque Rooster Seminar!

Lol, so LS lives! This fellow seems to be nice so far. I have not culled him yet. I have kept him this long and I will make sure that I check all the notes over carefully and compare notes for all three boys I had in the roo seminar. I had intended to keep all three boys but then I decided I only need one main breeder and one backup. Hope I do not end up regretting that decision.

XOX Monika

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#9 2016-03-21 12:42:21

gubi
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Re: Upcoming Basque Rooster Seminar!

I try to keep at least 4 over winter even if I only plan on using 1 or 2.  I have a group pen that houses 8-15 roosters in the winter and in the summer all the remaining spare roosters and cockerels that I am growing out are out on pasture together.   Remember what happened with our PBB when I only kept two over winter last winter?  I lost one early on in the winter and a racoon got my second one just as I was getting breeding coops ready!  With the Basques we are fairly lucky to have a few like minded people working together.


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#10 2016-03-22 00:36:36

Island Girl
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From: Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Isla
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Re: Upcoming Basque Rooster Seminar!

Good point Gubi, maybe he will hang around here a little longer!

I have lost every single PBB except for a rooster. It was the weirdest thing ever. My last three hens all seem to have suffered from wry neck/stargazing. I think that is what it is called .. I started giving them vitamin D by eyedropper but they just dwindled away one by one. It was heartbreaking to watch and then to top it off someone said that maybe it was their food. Its true that I had one huge bag of food that I fed just to them, a hen crumble .. and it was suggested to me that because it took them so long to finish off the bag that it lost its vit D/ thiamine which may have caused the wry neck. Might just have to start a thread on wry neck and pick everyone's brains .... sorry for the highjack pg. :happycrowd"

XOX Monika

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#11 2016-03-22 00:44:58

poplar girl
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Re: Upcoming Basque Rooster Seminar!

Was just planning to post the same thing as Gubi...I wouldn't want to be less 4 roosters at any given time either.

A heir, a spare heir, a spare and a spare spare!

I generally breed all 4 but will use what I consider to be my best 2 on more hens. Sometimes there are surprises and good or bad things happen unexpectedly.


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#12 2016-03-22 01:35:24

gubi
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Re: Upcoming Basque Rooster Seminar!

Island Girl wrote:

Good point Gubi, maybe he will hang around here a little longer!

I have lost every single PBB except for a rooster. It was the weirdest thing ever. My last three hens all seem to have suffered from wry neck/stargazing. I think that is what it is called .. I started giving them vitamin D by eyedropper but they just dwindled away one by one. It was heartbreaking to watch and then to top it off someone said that maybe it was their food. Its true that I had one huge bag of food that I fed just to them, a hen crumble .. and it was suggested to me that because it took them so long to finish off the bag that it lost its vit D/ thiamine which may have caused the wry neck. Might just have to start a thread on wry neck and pick everyone's brains .... sorry for the highjack pg. :happycrowd"

XOX Monika

Oh no!  Sorry to hear that.  Ours are doing well.  We still have all six we hatched from you plus the two hens from my original PBB's.  Can you get some more again locally?


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#13 2016-03-22 15:39:33

Island Girl
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From: Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Isla
Registered: 2011-07-06
Posts: 1403

Re: Upcoming Basque Rooster Seminar!

I am so glad to hear that yours are doing well :thumbsup: I may try to hatch 'Junior' a friend or two just to keep him company. I did 'rehome' 5 eggs last year to the lovely lady that is coming today to pick up her hens that she has been waiting so patiently for, I may ask her for some eggs to incubate as she did end up with a pair and a spare.

XOX Monika

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