Warwick poultry auction
FINE feathered friends were out in force at the annual Warwick Poultry Club auction at the Warwick Showgrounds on Saturday.
Warwick Poultry Club secretary Terry Politch said: “As this is our major annual fundraiser it is great to see the auction becoming more popular every year”.
Some 150 people were in attendance to bid on 270 lots between 9am and noon.
Many local faces were in the crowd along with visitors from as far away as Tamworth, Bangalow and Caboolture.
“The majority of fowls at the auction were of show standard including many breeds such as Belgiums, Silkies and Welsh Harlequin Ducks and were selling at anything from $20 to $200 per pair,” Mr Politch said.
Along with the serious show bidders a number of backyard poultry enthusiasts were also in the game.
Locals Kathy and David Chirio purchased a pair of Sussex bantams.
“They are lovely, quiet hens which we love to have as pets and for the fresh eggs,” Mrs Chirio said.
Locals Chris Mauch and Glen Banks' interest in poultry began at the age of nine.
The two of them would smuggle fowls into school on the bus where they would conduct business.
By the age of 20 both men were competing and have been very successful in breeding their own fowls.
The Warwick Poultry Association was thrilled to have Clive Claus, known as the king of the poultry world, at the auction.
Mr Claus said the standard of fowls was very good.