Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The ABC & Omega Fields Team Up in Canfield, Ohio on June 9, 2012

Miamisburg, OH - April 17, 2012 – For those into raising chickens for eggs or show, Omega Fields' and The American Buckeye Club will be giving valuable how-to information while promoting the benefits of Omega-3-rich flaxseed supplements during the ABC’s Annual Club Meet on June 9, 2012 in Canfield, Ohio.

The American Buckeye Club will award bags of Omega Ultra Egg™, from Omega Fields®, to the winners of Champion Buckeye (Open class) and Champion Buckeye (Junior class). Additionally, all attendees will be able to enter a drawing for more bags of Omega Ultra Egg to be given away at future ABC events.

Many ABC members are ardent advocates of supplementing poultry feed with Omega-3 essential fatty acids to promote brilliant plumage, better health and Omega-3-rich eggs with strong shells. Omega Ultra Egg is the superior supplement with the best, whole-ground flaxseed high in Omega-3, folic acid, vitamin E, and vitamin B-12. It is milled using only whole, intact flaxseeds for optimum nutritional value and freshness, with proprietary stabilization technology to maintain full nutritional value, guaranteed for 18 months.

"Buckeyes really benefit from Omega-3 supplementation and Omega Ultra Egg™ is the best product on the market for getting greater amounts of Omega-3 into your eggs," said the ABC’s Co-Founder, Jeff Lay. "It's easy to use – Buckeye chickens love it – and the effects are near immediate. Omega Ultra Egg is the best supplement to help your Buckeyes WIN Best in Show! It will also improve laying rates, flock health, and overall egg quality."

Omega Ultra Egg is available at over 3,000 retail stores, nationwide. Visit the Omega Fields' Dealer Locator on their website, www.OmegaFields.com, for a store near you.

Monday, April 9, 2012

April is the "official" Buckeye Chick hatching Month....

Hope everyone had a HAPPY EASTER and spent time with their family and friends!

Here at the ABC we have dedicated the month of April as the "official" month for Buckeye chick hatching.  If you are like many of us diehard Buckeye breeders you have been hatching Buckeyes since January but for a lot of newbies April is when they start hatching chicks!  My email mailbox is constantly filled with messages from folks looking for Buckeye chicks or Buckeye hatching eggs EVERY April and so far April 2012 has not been any different.  This is a good thing, its certainly a sign that perhaps the economy is improving or maybe some folks are making an effort to be more self reliant.  Either way it's good for the Buckeye breed.

As everyone prepares for the arrival of their Buckeye chicks we would like to share some tips that will help your Buckeyes mature healthy and safely.

1.) When using Heat Lamps for your Brooders make certain the Brooder Lamp is suitable for the Wattage of your Infra Red Bulbs.  Some are rated for 300W while others are rated lower and using a bulb that is not suitable for the Brooder Lamp could result in a fire!

2.) Make sure Brooder Lamps are secured with wire or rope (not just a clamp) and NEVER rely on hanging by the cord.  When clamping the Brooder Lamps its also a good idea to add a nylon rope or heavy gauge wire to secure the lamp should the clamp fail.  Thisd too can prevent a fire.

3.) Use paper towls on the floor of the brooder instead of pine shavings or sand for the first week or so.  NEVER use news paper to line the brooder floor because it can get slick and cause leg problems for the chicks.  Chicks can find feed easier on paper towls instead of sand or pine shavings, in addition these other bedding materials can be ingested by chicks causeing other health issues.  After 7-10 days you can switch to sand or pine shavings without much worry!

4.) Some research has shown chicks started on a medicated feed do better in later months than chicks that are not medicated.  This is a personal choice but if you live in an area where Coccidiosis is an issue it might be worth while to use medicated chick feed for at least the first 2 weeks of life.

5.) Fresh water is a must for baby chicks and adding an Electolyte with Vitamins and Minerals can't hurt.  We find chicks grow stronger, healthier and feather faster when given these supplements on a routine basis.  Several brands of water soluable products are available at your local feed mill or poultry supply source.

The American Buckeye Club hopes everyone has a productive Buckeye hatching season and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to log onto the Buckeye Yahoo Group or Facebook page and post your questions there!  There are lots of very knowledgable members willing to share their experience with you or help you find a breeding to purchase chicks or hatching eggs from.