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Bitter-Sweet Good Bye

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Rachel's Hobby Hatchery, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. I feel sad, My Turkys (Gus-Gus & Girlie) got Auctiond off at the Fair last night, got $114.00 for them ($2.60 per LB) but I got attached to the little (well, not so little anymore) buggers. They are the first turkys that I have EVER owned... It is to quiet at home now & my pen looks empty... [​IMG] They go tomorrow (have to stay at fair until sunday night). Im spoiling them as much as I can till that... Showed Girlie in showmanship yesterday too (got first place!).... I hope its quick & painless & he is taken good care of until he goes to the butcher... I need to get some haretige breed turkys to keep as pets & maybe raise a fue clutches... dont need to auction THEM off. Im going to do it again next year but by then I will have MY turkys (hope they are as dcile as these guys).
    If im sitting down Girlie will lay right next to me or on my lap & fall asleep. Gus likes to be hugged. :sigh: I wish I had taken more pictures while I had the chance [​IMG] I have about 20 more hours with them & I still need to sleep... Time flys [​IMG]
    On the up side I have baby chicks (chickens) that started hatching yesterday.
  2. boxermom

    boxermom Songster

    Feb 22, 2009
  3. EggHunter_66

    EggHunter_66 Songster 10 Years

    Aug 4, 2008
    Box Springs,Georgia
    Why didnt you just keep them then if you grew so attached to them? [​IMG]
  4. Shaun

    Shaun Songster

    Sep 24, 2008
    SW Central Michigan
    I remember how hard it was for my kids to give up their 4-H birds after the auction. Better if you don't make such pets out of them, but I know it's hard when you have to use one of them for showmanship.

    Take of good photo of the two of them, and put it in an album. Put the $$ in your college fund. When you go off to college, look at the photo and thank them for helping you along in your life. That's what my kids did.
  5. Thanks.
    well, I didnt know how attached I got to them until I had to auction them... The buyer never showed up to pick them up & the fair board hasnt been able to contact them so I guess I get to keep them [​IMG]
    [​IMG] Gus-Gus
    [​IMG] Girlie
  6. OmaBird

    OmaBird Songster

    May 10, 2010
    CA High Desert
    Where I live the animals are never eaten. The buyers only want the tax right off and the publicity of buying them. I know I tried buying some for breeding but they went so high I dropped out of the bid. I watch some of the winning bidders give the animals back.
  7. WingingIt

    WingingIt Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    Quote:This is what I was going to say. Where I grew up and where we just moved from (different places) the fair was a 'premium buy only.' The buyers didn't really get the animals, they remained with the 4H/FFA kiddos. Maybe your buyer is used to a scenario like that, too? Or else just didn't want them, just wanted to support you and write it off.

    I sure hope they paid before they disappeared, though!
  8. Quote:I hope so too! my mom & I have been talking about that...
    most of the animals around here get eaten, once in a while a store will keep them as a pet or a farm will keep them to breed but mostly they are eaten. I have herd of once in a while an animal will be donated back but they are always re-sold at the same or a difrent auction...
  9. Shaun

    Shaun Songster

    Sep 24, 2008
    SW Central Michigan
    Wow, our kids bidders expected you to deliver the dressed birds!! I'm glad you don't have to slaughter them, but if they're BBW's will they live long anyway?

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