The Thurso Threesome

Monument at the Dingwall auction mart, in honour of cattle drovers of yesteryear and crofters of today

Yesterday was an exciting – and tense – day when we went to the poultry auction at Dingwall, near Inverness. It was an early start to get us there in time for the commencement of the sale and we set off armed with the list of birds on offer, with the ones we fancied carefully marked. Except that on arrival, the list kinda goes out the window when you’re faced with row upon row of squawking contenders. Prior to our arrival we’d intended to bid for some pullets from the same breeder who produced our ‘Wick Chicks’, as all his birds are in tip-top condition. Looking at his specimens this year, we soon realised that they were going to go for a high price, especially as early bidding was reaching bigger figures than we’ve seen before. Consequently, we had a good scout around at other birds as a back-up plan. Kevin, as ever, was responsible for the nose-touching/eyebrow lifting/number flapping techniques employed at all good auctions and although he was outbid on a couple of occasions, he was finally successful with lot number 66, three Barred Plymouth Rock pullets, for a price of £60. That’s more than we’ve paid before but they’re lovely big, heavy birds, perfect to replace some of our older layers which Kevin dispatched last week. Thank goodness for plan B, as a couple of the lots from the other breeder went for £100, his other lots not far behind! I’d want a couple of sheep for that! Anyway, our newly acquired Plymouth Rocks came from Thurso, in the north of Scotland and so are now known as ‘The Thurso Threesome’! They’ve settled in really well already apart from the going to bed routine which needs some fine tuning as yet. Curiously, when one of the birds gets a wee bit stressed, she has a bout of what sounds like hiccups!!!

 

Lot 66

 

Settling in nicely

Hopefully, these lovely girls will improve our breeding success next season, which dropped off significantly this year, presumably because some of the hens were beyond their prime breeding age. Fertility was still good but viability of the embryos was the problem. We’ll just have to wait and see…

 

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2 Responses to “The Thurso Threesome”

  1. Jenny MacRae Says:

    What lovely birds……it’s always a nice day out at the sale and I am very impressed you limited yourselves to only 3…

    • garybuie01 Says:

      We were tempted to go back in there but Kevin was so shaky with the excitement, I was worried that he’d twitch something he shouldn’t and we’d end up with something we hadn’t bargained for!!

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