Going to my first auction **UPDATE WITH PICS**

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Dar, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    I know to look for the obvious:
    runny noses
    pale combs and waddles
    leg mites
    poop (if there is any in the cage and look at the colour)
    runny/puffy eyes

    all this is not good

    But what are some other things I should look for?

    I want some EEs and all i know is they look like chipmunks and may have greesish legs when they are chicks which is what I am hoping to be able to get or at least get in touch with some owners that can hatch for me

    DH wants silkies,
    do all silkies have feathers on their feet? what else do we look for with silkies?
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  2. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Dont buy the first chicken you see unless it is exactly what your looking for.
    and Good Luck!!
  3. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    I think I am going to ask DD (who is 6) to hold the money cause DH wants his slikies and I want my EEs .so its safe with her [​IMG]
  4. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    If you already have chickens keep the new ones away from them for at least a month to make sure you don't make yours sick. Have fun! I love the auctions. I was lucky and got a Royal Palm Turkey for a dollar at an auction. I am pretty sure all Silkies have feathers on their feet.
  5. Be sure to get there early and look at all the birds. Try to find out who is selling. If you do not have access to the birds then get a seat up close to the action and use as much judgment as you can.

    Do not buy birds that are crammed into cages or have a lot of birds in one cage. This is a good indication that the birds were probably not cared for.

    If the auctioneer tells you they are selling choice from the cage, do it and then go and pick the birds you want out. DO NOT let the people running the show do it for you as they probably have a buddy waiting for the next choice or bid on all.

    All in all auctions are fun, but I rarely bid on birds unless I know the people who are selling them.
  6. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    we are going to use the border thats in the basement (its huge) as a quarantine coop

    I am hoping to get chicks [​IMG] (but not holding my breath)

    the auction starts at 8 we plan on being there at 7 (we have a friend who is selling some of his quail)
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  7. oodymex

    oodymex In the Brooder

    Nov 17, 2008
    North Carolina
    you definately should go out back and try to get a peek at all the birds first and try to find anything suspicious. ive had A LOT of bad experiences with chickens from auctions, once i bought 8 and they ended up getting most of my chickens, around 30 of them sick and then they all died. me and my family recall it as the black plague.lol.
  8. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    well i went to my first auction here are the results

    we bought 5 silkies
    sadly there were no EEs

    with a pic like this who could resist?
    this is momma and her babies

    this is Dharma and Greg



    There were more game birds then chcikens
    a beige peacock went for over $300 and the hen went for $60 [​IMG]
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  9. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    What beautiful birds!!! I have wanted silkies for so long but cannot find them locally. [​IMG]
  10. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    OK, you asked me (via PM) for my opinion and I'm flattered you think
    my opinion is worth anything. [​IMG]

    If your DD loves them then they are priceless.

    In a show sense they are not show quality but hatchery quality since
    they have combs and a few other things.

    But that doesn't matter. Few, if any, of my silkies have been show

    Give them lots of love and treats and they will be the best silkies in the
    world. They may even act like chickens since their eyes aren't covered
    with fluff.

    That first pic with the babies is adorable.

    Welcome to the world of silkie domination. You are done for. [​IMG]

    Always remember that silkies are evil and will steal your soul. [​IMG]

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