Large interest: The crowd at last year’s Stanthorpe Agricultural Poultry annual auction.
Large interest: The crowd at last year’s Stanthorpe Agricultural Poultry annual auction. Supplied

Chook sale with a difference

LOOKING for a pet?

One which cleans up all of your food scraps, doesn’t cost much money and provides you with a food supply every day or so?

On Saturday the Stanthorpe Showgrounds will be full of about 400 squawking chooks of all types as a pre-cursor to a Queensland-first auction in June.

Stanthorpe Agricultural Poultry secretary/publicity officer Lyn Spencer said the auction on Saturday was being held as a special event to raise money ahead of the June auction.

Mrs Spencer said in June, Tasmanian Garry Panolls would bring about 450 special Tasmanian birds up by boat and then vehicle to Stanthorpe for a special auction.

“I rang him up for some eggs and he asked if he could put 100 lots in our auction,” she said.

“I said ‘No’ but then I went back out to the washing machine (where I do my best thinking) and thought, ‘There’s nothing to stop him from having his own auction’.”

Mrs Spencer said chooks were great pets, and said this weekend there would be birds available for all sorts of chicken enthusiasts, from novices to professionals.

“Singles will start at $5, pairs $10 and trios $15 and it’s nothing for a pair or trio to go to $500 or $600,” she said.

“Chickens have become the new pet because you can throw the scraps out with them or just talk with them.”

Mrs Spencer herself will have a number of the chooks in the auction – Wyandottes, Rhode Island Reds, Barneveld and Faverolles – and her four-year-old son Jack will also sell a few he has bred.

Viewing will start from 8am Saturday, before the auction at 9am.



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