Topics:  apiarists, auction, poultry show, stanthorpe

Folk flock to bird auction

POTENTIAL BUYERS: The Summit’s Cowyn and Michelle Jurd checking what was on offer.
POTENTIAL BUYERS: The Summit’s Cowyn and Michelle Jurd checking what was on offer.

COCKS crowed and feathers flew in Stanthorpe recently.

On Sunday August 26 the Stanthorpe Poultry Club held its annual poultry auction, with a variety of birds including silkies, seabrights, Sussex ducks, turkeys and geese up for auction.

Stanthorpe Poultry Club secretary Lyn Spencer said people came from all over to bid on the birds and the action in the auction ring was fast.

"From all the reports I hear the auction was successful," she said.

"The auctioneer said bidding was up and there were a lot of spirited bidders.

"People seemed to travel a bit more and we had folks there from New South Wales and as far north as Mackay."

Mrs Spencer said with roosters unwelcome in suburban backyards, hens were popular during the auction.

"A lot of people put hens in the auction and people were interested in anything with two hens or anything for laying eggs," she said.

"Pekins were popular, as well as Indian runner ducks."

Mrs Spencer who, along with her husband Rod, topped the sale with two partridge Brahma pullets selling for $245, said a fresh supply of eggs was not the only reason people were bidding on the poultry, with families or children active during the auction.

"A lot of people bought birds for a family pet," she said.

"The day in whole was very successful."



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