I Attended a Chicken Auction

11 Oct

I just made the deadline for my new experience this week – on Sunday I went with Cat and Scott to a chicken auction in Bacchus Marsh to buy some more chickens for their garden.

I thought it would be a live auction, but you had 2 hours to walk around and inspect the chickens in their cages, then write down your bid on a piece of paper outside the cage. Then you had to come back and keep checking if you were outbid or not.

The above photo made it seem quite spacious and leisurely, but that’s because that row didn’t have a lot of chickens in it. It was actually so packed we could hardly move, and we had to squeeze by people all afternoon. Also it smelled like chickens and poop, and the air was hazy from all the sawdust.

I liked these chickens with their fancy collar feathers. Some of them had grey collars, which looked really soft and pretty. That breed will be my pick for the next generation of chickens.

One of the chickens in the bottom cage had a floppy comb. Aw, little guy – why so sad when you have such a fancy hat?

There were some non-chickens up for sale, including some turkeys, ducks, geese, some guinea fowl, rabbits, and some fertilized eggs.

These goslings were so friendly! They would stick their chests out of the cages to be patted, and they kept tumbling over each other to get to the prime patting position.

Cat knew exactly which lot she wanted to bid on at the auction. A breeder had made a combination especially for her, so they were the only ones she was interested in. She went a little bit above budget for them, but who wants to drive to Bacchus Marsh only to come home empty-handed? This was the bidding sheet for her lot – it was one of the more popular lots there, and she was bitter because they were her chickens!

When we collected the chickens at the end, Scott was being nice and opened the box so they could breathe better. But his chicken flew out and tried to escape, scratching him in the process. =(

We wanted to get the chickens home as soon as possible, so we drove back to Melbourne and got some takeaway fish and chips. Sussex Seafood on Gaffney street in Coburg. It’s Cat and Scott’s regular fish and chip place, and it’s heaps better (and cheaper!) than anything near us.

The batter on the fish was slightly thicker than I prefer, but it was still superior to our local offerings, and the chips were spot on. I ordered a single serve of chips and a flake, and it was $7 – pretty decent!

But anyway, after all that, it’s time to introduce the ladies!

Hen Solo is Scott’s chicken. She is a black Australorp and is BFFs with Cat’s chicken.

Princess Layer Bakawk is my chicken (her surname was James’ idea). She is a lavender Araucana and will lay blue-tinted eggs. She is quite stupid and hasn’t learned how to leave the coop, though she is the only new chicken that has figured out how to sleep on the perch.

Anakin Skybawker is Cat’s – well they’re all Cat’s really, but whatever. She is a silver laced Wyandotte. Cat was describing the pecking order (oh yes, it’s an actual thing); Gertrude is at the top of the pecking order, and Cat’s chicken is at the bottom. All the chickens (except Hen Solo, the aforementioned BFF) take turns sitting on Ani and pecking her. James thinks it’s because they are jealous that Ani is the prettiest.

Cat said that this morning Scott set his alarm for 6:30am so he could check on them. And he crawled back into bed and said “your chicken’s the bitch”.

 

Week 1: Made vanilla extract
Week 2: BJJ day camp
Week 3: Used Myki and went to Beatrix
Week 4: Tried new skincare
Week 5: Competed at the Pan Pacs
Week 6: Joined Kiva
Week 7: Tried durian and frog fallopian tube
Week 8: Attended a chicken auction

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10 Responses to “I Attended a Chicken Auction”

  1. James October 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    Not enough chicken-related puns.

    For example: “Then you had to come back and keep checking if you were outbid or not.”

    Should be: “Then you had to come ba-KAWK! and keep chooking if you were outbid or not.”

  2. Cat October 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    The other chooks will regret it once Ani turns into Darth Vader and pwns them all.

    • pamperedhousewife October 11, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

      Ani is henpecked. Ha! There is another chicken-related phrase that I now understand.

  3. Cat October 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    Also, spot the annoying guy who kept only outbidding by $1… ><

    • Cat October 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

      (and the breed you like is a Light Sussex). I want my next chicken to be a duck. Or a blue Australorp/Pekin.

      • Ormi October 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

        My cousins kept a duck once, and they hated it – it was messy and left very smelly poo everywhere, and they had to change the water in it’s pond every 5 minutes. I’d stick with chickens if I were you!

      • pamperedhousewife October 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

        Ooh apparently the Light Sussex can be sexed at one day old. You could rear it from chickhood!

  4. polittacking October 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    i have not been to that fish and chips shop.. i am gonna check it out

    • pamperedhousewife October 11, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

      Apparently there is another good one in Pascoe Vale called Pascoe Pier. I’ve never been, but I’ve read good things about it – but then again I also read good things about the North Melbourne fish and chip place. =/

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