The Essex County chapter of Future Farmers of America, based at Essex Agricultural & Technical High School in Hathorne (Danvers), Mass. is having its annual fundraising auction at noon on Sunday, October 14, 2012. The auction is at the Poultry Barn of the Topsfield Fairgrounds, on Rte. 1 in Topsfield, Mass. Rain or shine. All kinds of poultry, small farm/exotic animals, farm and poultry supplies and equipment, and lots of other good stuff will be up for bid! If you have poultry, small animals (i.e. rabbits, cavies, cage birds, etc.), farm/poultry equipment (cages and coops, nest boxes, etc.) to sell, you can drop them off at the auction location starting at 9a.m. on Oct. 14. The auction starts at noon and runs till everything is sold. All chickens, turkeys, gamebirds, peafowl and guineas 16 weeks old and older MUST have a valid, current blood test for Massachusetts, and you must show the valid ID card that verifies it. Cagebirds (parrots, doves, finches...), pigeons and waterfowl are exempt. You could make a few bucks, come home with some new critters, and it's for a good cause. The FFA kids get 25% of each auction item's sale price, and the money is used to pay the students' way to the annual National FFA Convention.