Why did the chicken cross the road?
Well if it was like the rest of the geese, turkeys, quail and pheasants it was to get to the Warrnambool and District Poultry Club’s biannual helmsman auction.
Hundreds of people filled the Warrnambool showgrounds poultry pavilion for the auction yesterday, with rare breeds such as Sussex, Orpington and Plymouth Rock chickens also on offer.
Club secretary Ashlea Wines, from Ecklin South, said auction bidders wrote on a card their offer for the animal and could continue to monitor the bids put forward until the auction finished. “We’ve had about 70 buyers register,” she said.
“People are looking for anything that lays eggs. And the breeders obviously want good quality.”
Ms Wines said most people were buying for their backyard. She said some bids had hit $100 and some birds wouldn’t get a bid. John Knowles, from Woolsthorpe, said the auction helped keep rare breeds going. “Without this sale people wouldn’t know they existed,” he said.
Mr Knowles (pictured) who brought along his pride and joy, a sweet grass gobbler turkey.
The club has about 60 members and its next auction will be in March next year.