Buy­ing from a poul­try sale

Country Smallholding - - Feature / Attending Auctions -

Libby Sy­d­dall from Ham Street Hens told me she only sources her birds from mar­ket and of­fers the fol­low­ing ad­vice on buy­ing poul­try at sale for the first time:

1 Check the start time of the auc­tion, print off and READ the cat­a­logue, pack crates or get the trailer ready (for larger an­i­mals), take money or a card.

2 Ar­rive early, get a bid­der num­ber and have your cat­a­logue al­ready marked with the lots you’re in­ter­ested in. Make sure you un­der­stand what all the ab­bre­vi­a­tions mean.

3 Are the cage con­tents as de­scribed in the cat­a­logue? There are often changes.

4 Make sure you visit each cage and go through a health check­list for ev­ery bird in ev­ery cage on which you want to bid. Dis­miss any that are not look­ing 100% well. If that breeder has any other lots you may wish to dis­miss those too in case some­thing is brew­ing.

5 Once you know you want to bid, set your­self a limit and stick to it! Al­low for the buyer’s pre­mium and any VAT that will be added to your bid.

6 Don’t bid on a lot that wasn’t on your list. Some­times it seems that some­thing is be­ing sold very cheaply and it can be tempt­ing to jump in. You won’t have chance to have a good look at the stock for sale at this point and there is a rea­son the price is low, you could be bid­ding on a ‘prob­lem’ lot.

7 Pay­ing for and col­lect­ing your stock al­ways takes longer than you think.

8 Your new stock will have had a stress­ful day so make sure you’re ready when you bring it home. It will need fresh wa­ter, food, hous­ing and a well fenced area to ex­plore. Keep new live­stock iso­lated for a pe­riod of time so you don’t in­tro­duce dis­ease to your ex­ist­ing an­i­mals.

Libby Sy­d­dall Ham Street Hens www.ham­streethens.com. 01458 850388

Fur­ther snip­pets of ad­vice from the Face­book com­mu­nity

Dawn Pearse: Don’t get car­ried away. It’s very easy es­pe­cially at a poul­try auc­tion!

Tam­sin Mullins: I have no tips but I’ll look for­ward to read­ing your ar­ti­cle. I’ve al­ways founds auc­tions a bit scary!

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