Auction & Swap questions

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 2DogsFarm, May 5, 2009.

  1. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    I'm not sure this is the right place for these but here goes:

    I went to my first poultry auction yesterday.
    Small but interesting selection of birds including some that tempted me greatly. Some of the sellers were absentee - just dropped off birds and left instructions as to where payment was to be sent, some stayed for the sale.
    As a newbie I wondered -
    1-Am I right to look for birds that appear alert and in good health?
    This may sound like a DUH question, but some of the hens presented were squished in cages so tight & low & so many birds they couldn't move so it was hard to evaluate them. The ones in larger cages could at least move and be seen so I could see coat condition, alertness, any obvious flaws/illness.

    2-Some of the chicks shown from boxes were picked up by buyers. Is this a good idea? I felt babies should be left alone - am I wrong? None of the adult birds were handled before being sold.
    These were babies anywhere from a couple days to a couple months old.

    3-if hens are advertised as "laying" can I assume the bird is just being sold as excess or should I ask why?

    4-How is a Swap different from an auction or is it just the selling method is one-on-one rather than by auctioneer?

    TIA for any answers [​IMG]
  2. Fowl Visions

    Fowl Visions Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    Keystone Heights, FL

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