Now round these parts Fabian Eagle is renowned for his poultry auctions, regularly holding one at Swaffham. Yesterday's sale was the 24th Annual Summer auction at Eldon Farm Auction Centre, Mildenhall.
Deadstock and Cagebirds started at 11am; 11.30am saw Waterfowl followed by Pheasants; 12noon saw Pigeons followed by Large fowl and finally Bantams. Two auctioneers were simulaneously selling, it was a hive of activity. Over 700 lots were auctioned off, excluding all the deadstock of drinkers, rearing equipment and incubators.
I was amazed at the number of birds for sale, especially of ducks, I never knew there was such a wide variety of breeds.
Here are just some of the birds that were for sale -
A pair of Bourbon Red Turkeys on the left, which made £25 and a pair of Pied Turkeys on the right
A pair of Peafowl made £85
Light Sussex trio
Bantam Buff Orpington quartet
Three Partridge Wyandotte pullets
Trio of Rouen, made £28
A pair of Buff African geese made £70
Trumpeter female Swan, lost her mate, made £150
Pair of Sebastopol Geese, made £70
Pair of Crested ducks
A pair of red and white Frillback pigeons, unsold, in fact not of the eight pens of pigeons sold
Two pairs of Arch Angel Pigeons
Trio of Speckled Sussex pullets, made £48
Trio of Buff Columbian Brahma, made £55, these were lovely, wanted to bring these home
Trio of Gold Seabrights
Pair of Bahama Pintails
One Ross Gander, made £90
Pair of Orange Ringed Teal
Pair of Ross geese, made £120
Trio of Buff Laced Wyandotte bantams
Quartet of Buff Sussex pullets
Blue Splash rosecomb bantams
As you can see all and sundry were there, with some amazing prices being reached, but most making between £25 - £50 per pen. Top price went to a quartet of Vulturine Guinea fowl, one male and three females, which made, a whopping £850!
You'll have to check back tomorrow to see if we came home with anything!
Stats today -
Eggs produced = 11
2 x bags of Tomatoes £2.00
1 x Cucumber £0.60