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Plume De la Plume:
We have taken peices of an article donated to us by one of our Members and broken it down into important news for poultry fanciers.
Parts are the words of the Author and parts are our own comments to better suit our times.
The article is by Reverand Thomas S. Cleworth and is taken from an article called Plume.
"The Poultry Fancy Never Dies"
With the introduction of power machinery in agriculture sixty years ago came also the cocksure prediction by its cheif users that the horse was doomed to extinction. What a joke that has turned out to be. Horseman everywhere have squeiched such a prediction. They asserted themselves in every state of the Union, every province of Canada, and scores of other countries in the world. They banded together, invested money, prepared standards and breeding guides, established publications, and conducted clinics, auctions, and exhibitions promoting their favorite breeds. Through the years while tractors have rolled and chugged across fields, and other means of transportation have crowded lanes and highways, the horse, in a hundred different breeds, and continued to trot, pull, and canter his way into the affection and devotion of dedicated horseman. The best example of this achievement in a calloused machine age is the rise and the fall of the Appaloosa horse. In 1937 there were only nineteen Appaloosa horses known to exist in the United States. By most unusual coincidence nineteen people, three women and sixteen men, learning of this threat of extinction to an American breed, formed the Appaloosa Horse Club. It was dedicated to the restoration of these descendants of Cheif Josephes favorite animal. Records now indicate that there are more than 100,000 Appaloosa horses.
IN THE CHICKEN WORLD:
We have many many breeds on a list that we must band together and save from extinction. A partial list of these birds are the La Fleche, Crevecoeur, Lamonas, Hamburgs, and several others. The importation of new breeds and colors has put some of these breeds on the sidelines or out of the picture completely.
There are four essential steps to the success of the restoration of these breeds.
We will call them the four D's.
There is no laziness allowed to the fancier that dedicates themselves to a breed. There must be a willingness to perform tasks that soil your hands and challenge your minds. We need to "stop" ,"look", and "listen" each time the quarters of our birds are entered. We must detect disease or verman and eradicate it.
We must enjoy the handling and inspection each individual speciman. The dedicated fancier will neglect nothing and will make sure that his or her birds are content and comfortable. Days of the week, time of night, calm or storm, nothing will interfere with these duties. We will know our birds by a glance and know what they are lacking or not lacking.
If fanciers are going to preserve the rarities of the bird world they must be steadily and continuously on the job. They will make many sacrifices. Travel-minded people can never be true fanciers by rolling around the country on four wheels and leaving the care and charge to unskilled and undedicated hands. While many pleasures are sacrificed, there can be great pleasure in the beauty of the fowl.
A true fancier dedicated to preserve his chosen variety will set his course in that direction and stay with it. He will experiment with the bloodlines of his own stock, search out other strains and make purchases or exchanges to improve quality of his matings. When neccessary, he will explore the possibility of out-crossing a breed or variety to improve size, viality, productivity, or some other desired quality. He will not quit even if disappointments intrude.
He will be determined and he will stick with his plans.
HPBAA wants to stop here and thank one of our Members, Mr. Herbert Landwer, for doing this very thing with the Rhode Island White of the straight comb variety. Herbert obtained Single combed Rhode Island Whites and bred them in a closed flock for many years. Their size declined and the gene pool was so small that the birds lacked fertility and vitality. The introduction of the Plymouth White Rock and a new strain of Straight Combed Rhode Island White has brought these beautiful birds back around. Now all he has to do is find someone to share them with.
The real fancier will divide the stock with other breeders. He will not horde them and selfishly keep them to himself. If a fancier is interested in propagating, he will be concerned with sharing. Breeders not willing to share good stock when they have it to share, is not concerned for the breeds survival, but the survival of their name or whatever fortune may be coming from their gains.
Our Show Winner:
Our show winner for this Newsletter is Mr. Rodney Kroll's New Hampshire Hen. What a beautiful girl!