WINGING IT: Eric Rosolen of Fairy Hill with a Minorca cockerel bantam ready for the auction at Lismore showgrounds on Sunday.
WINGING IT: Eric Rosolen of Fairy Hill with a Minorca cockerel bantam ready for the auction at Lismore showgrounds on Sunday. Doug Eaton

Feathers sure to fly at annual poultry show

POULTRY enthusiasts will go crowing mad for the Lismore Poultry Club's 20th annual Purebred Poultry Auction at Lismore Showgrounds on Sunday.

The auction is the club's biggest fundraiser of the year where they raise money for the North Coast National Show.

It provides an opportunity for serious show breeders, hobby farmers and those who just want a few chooks for their backyard to buy purebred birds from some of the region's best breeders.

Prospective buyers will be spoiled for choice this weekend with close to 100 lots of stud birds including fowl, bantams, geese, ducks, old English game and leghorns.

All poultry at the auction will be no older than two years and come from 22 breeders from around the region, including some whose stock won champion bird at Brisbane's annual agricultural show, the Ekka, last week.

Purebred poultry auction co-ordinator Eric Rosolen said generally, birds are cheaper at the auction than when bought direct from the breeder.

"All the birds for sale are purebred birds," Mr Rosolen said.

"Most on auction are excess stock from local breeders and will go for lower prices than if you went and bought them from the yard."

He would encourage all prospective buyers to come along and see the birds on display.

"Even if you just want a few hens for your backyard or you're after a rooster on its own, it's a great day to get a feel for what is out there.

"Those who are interested in putting birds in shows are also likely to get a bargain on the day."

keeping backyard chooks happy

Protect chooks against wind, rain, heat, cold and draughts in a secure, dry, well-ventilated enclosure with windows and a door.

Ensure there's an outdoor run that has enough space for the chooks to move around and exercise.

Provide nesting boxes lined with straw for egg-laying.

Install roosts so your chooks can perch at night.

Have an area of loose dirt so your chooks can take a bath.

SOURCE: http://www.livinggreener.gov.au



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