Well this is the way I see the auctions and I know I may step on a few toes. When I go an auction and "some" people are sitting in there who look like they haven't bathed in a month, I have to wonder just how clean their animals are kept. There for I don't buy at auctions. No if's and's or but's. The one and only time I bought a dozen eggs to hatch? Two were all covered in poop and had to be tossed. I don't wash eggs for hatching. Some do but I don't. Yes we all run into a problem now and then, but if you are losing bird after bird after bird then it's time to see what's what. This is where BYC comes in handy. IMO simple is best. If you can I'd try to find someone going to the auction and give them your extras. I'd venture to say the price you'll get won't be enough to cover your gas. I personally am not set up to process my birds at this time. YET. Not to mention having space to grow them out.