Posted by: jsuz2000 | July 4, 2017

Bulletin July 2017


Executive Committee

Brian Court, Ten Mile House – President

James Butler, Alliston – Vice President

Jeremy Ludyka, Cornwall – Secretary

Stephen Webster, Tarantum – Treasurer

Volume 35 Number 1 July. 2017


Editor’s note: I started this series in November, 2014. From time to time, when space has permitted, I have added to it. This is a continuation of that series. These are breeds that are not recognized in the Standard of Perfection.

CACKLING CANADA: Cacking geese tend to nest in more northern habitats than Canada geese. Female Cackling geese lay 2-8 eggs with an average incubation period of 25-28 days. Cackling geese resemble Canada geese in appearance. Male cackling geese are slightly larger than females, with both sexes having long, black necks with white chinstaps. The breast, abdomen, and flanks range in coloring from a light gray to a dark chocolate brown, either blending into the black neck or being separated from it by a wide white color. The back and scapulars are draker brown, the rump is blackish and the tail is blackish-brown with a U-shaped white band on the rump. The bill, feet, and legs are black. Cackling geese are a small-bodied group of four sub-species, consisting of Aleutian, Cackling, Taverner’s, and Richardson’s (Hutchins’s) geese. Cackling geese have proportionally smaller, stubier, triangular-shaped bills than their Canada goose counterparts.

The population of the Aleutian was down to fewer than 500 birds in the 1970s. The Aleutian cackling goose is a success story in waterfowl management. Population estimates based on observation of neck-banded Aleutian cackling geese during the winter of 2006-07 was 118,700, 13 percent greater than the previous year. Estimates for Aleutian cackling geese increased an average of 14 percent per year from 1997-2006. The 2008 fall estimates of cackling geese was 173,400 geese. The estimate for Taverner’s cackling geese (a pooled estimate of Taverner’s and Lesser Canada geese) was 74,400 birds for 2007. The Richardson’s (Hutchins’s) goose subspecies is thought to be increasing, with population estiumates greater than 680,000 in 2007.

From a harvest management perspective, cackling geese are usually included in season lengths and bag limits with other white-cheeked geese.

The migrating of the cackling geese vary. The Aleutian, Cackling, and Taverner’s geese primarily winter west of the continental divide, while Richardsons’s (Hutchins’s) geese winter mainly in the southern central Flyway states.




July 15 – Entries close for Crapaud Exhibition

July 18 – Entries close for Northumberland Fisheries Festival

July 28 – Northumberland Fisheries Festival Poultry Show (Murray River)

July 28 – Entries close for P.E.I. Provincial Exhibition

July 29 – Crapaud Exhibition (Crapaud)

August 13-16 – P.E.I. Provincial Exhibition Poultry Show (Charlottetown)

August 25-27 – P.E.I. Plowing Match & Agricultural Fair (Dundas)

September 1-2 – Egmont Bay-Mont Carmel Exhibition (Abram`s Village)

September 5 – NEXT MEETING (Atlantic Vet College, 7:30). Note it is a Tuesday.

September 10 – Eastern Kings Exhibition Livestock Show (Souris)

September 23-24 – New Brunswick Fall Show (Petitcodiac)

October 14-15 – Nova Scotia Fall Classic (Middle Musquodoboit)

October 28 – Red Isle Classic (Dundas). Location subject to change.

Novemver 4 – All Waterfowl Show (Nappan, NS)

November 12 – 88th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Poultry Show (Toronto)

-CLUB ITEMS FOR SALE: T-shirts – $13.00 and Crests – $4.00. Contact the secretary for items.

-Congratulations to those who have successfully completed another year of school.

-A reminder to those who are planning to show the summer fairs to please have your entries in on time.

-Those showing the summer fairs are reminded that it is extremely important to show only healthy birds. The fairs are often the only times that people get to see purebred poultry. Poor or unhealthy birds do nothing to promote our hobby.

-Jeremy Ludyka and Trevor MacDonald exhibited at the Ormstown Fair in Quebec in June. Jeremy had Champion Light Goose (Egyptian Gander) and Reserve Light Goose (Egyptian Goose). The gander went on to be Champion Goose. Trevor had Champion Continental (White Hamburg Cock), Reserve Continental (White Hamburg Hen), and Reserve Any Other Standard Breed (Black-Red Modern Game Hen). He also had Champion Pigeon (Silver Show Type Homer Cock) and Reserve Pigeon (Blue Check Racing Homer Hen). Congratulations are also in order to our Ontario memeber, Greg Oakes, who had Champion Standard and Reserve Grand Champion of the Show on a Buff Orpington Cock. He also had Champion Duck on a White Indian Runner Drake.

-A reminder that the show limit at Old Home Week is 600 this year and will be strickly enforced. See the Old Home Week website for information.

-HAPPY (belated) 60th BIRTHDAY to Gordon Murphy.

-Anyone wishing to vaccinate their birds for ILT can contact Jill Wood to get the vaccine. Plan accordingly because birds cannot go to any shows during the 30 days post vaccination.


The egg is nature’s finest form, almost poetic in its purity. Everyone knows what an eggs is, or do they? Its shell looks solid but has 6,000 to 8,000 pores or tiny openings … a materpiece of construction. (Canadian Egg Marketing Agency)





The Dominique is a breed of chickens that originated in the United States during the Colonial period. It is considered America’s oldest breed of chicken, probably descending from chickens brought to New England from southern England during colonial times. By the 19th century, they were widely popular and were raised in many parts of the country. Dominiques are a dual-purpose breed, being valued for their meat as well as their brown eggs. They weigh 6-8 pounds at maturity. In earlier times, their feathers were much sought after as stuffing for pillows and mattresses. In more recent times, they have become quite rare. A miniature size of the Dominique also exists.


(Watching Backyard Birds)

1. All birds, and only birds, have feathers, although a few species of dinosaurs had them.

2. Feathers are essential to flight; they provide insulation, sunblock, and waterproofing, and can be important in providing camouflage, social dominance, and reproductive success.

3. A bird’s plumage usually weighs more than its skeleton.

4. Adult birds molt – replace their feathers – at least once a year. For most songbirds, moulting takes five to twelve weeks, shedding only a few feathers at a time. For hawks, a full molt can take several years.

5. After breeding season, most male duck species in North America replace all their flight feathersat once and are flightless for two to four weeks.


Anyone wishing to receive prize lists for any of the fair poultry shows this summer may contact the following:

Northumberland Fisheries Festival P.E.I. Plowing Match & Agricultural Fair

Trevor MacDonald, Chairman Trevor MacDonald, Committee

P.O. Box 31, Murray River P.O. Box 31, Murray River

C0A 1W0 962-3307 C0A 1W0 962-3307

Crapaud Exhibition Egmont Bay-Mont Carmel Exhibition

Della Ferguson, Secretary Agriculture Manager

P.O. Box 34, Crapaud P.O. Box 37, Wellington

C0 A 1J0 C0B 2E0 854-3300

P.E.I. Provincial Exhibition Eastern Kings Exhibition

Sandra Hodder-Acorn, Manager Trevor MacDonald, Committee

P.O. Box 3070, Charlottetown P.O. Box 31, Murray River

C1A 7N9 629-6623 C0A 1W0 962-3307

Note that most of these shows have web sites which have their prize lists attached.

See you at the fairs!


July marks a milestone each year for me in regards to this club newsletter. It is the starting month of another “year”. It is hard to believe that this is the start of the 35th year of the newsletter. And there has been one published EVERY month without having missed one over all these years.

I always look forward to the fair season. It is a chance to get out and show my birds at a series of events over the summer and early fall. My fair season started earlier this year than it ever has. I was very pleased to have the opportunity to show at Ormstown Fair in Quebec in early June. From all reports, it was a good show, although the temperature was hot. Thankfully, all the birds that were shown made it home safe and sound.

Trevor MacDonald,



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