This weekend we had a visit from my husband's lovely Mummy and we took her to her very first ever poultry auction - and it was brilliant.
It could only happen in our lives that we accidentally came home with ducks.
Genuinely, accidental ducks.
And here is how to accidentally buy ducks.
Go to a poultry auction. Collect your number and catalogue and look through to check which you want to bid on.
Then you SHOULD go and get a close look at the birds you've picked out - hubby wanted some buff orpingtons - which are lovely fat fluffy chickens - and has been after some for ages. This weekend we arrived a bit late and the auction had already started; when my husband identified which lot he wanted there was already a crowd standing around the cages and he couldn't get close enough for a proper look - but he thought, since the bidding price was quite low, he would bid and just hope that they were in good condition; the auction are very good and the animals there are always in generally good condition and they insist on standards of care from those bringing animals to sell.
So he was thrilled when he won his 'buff orpingtons' for a very reasonable price. It took a while for the crowd to disperse and when they finally did all of a sudden there were no buff orpingtons - there were, instead, muscovy ducks - a pair, one boy one girl.
Ah well - ducks it is!
Whilst we were there we also got some nice new little chickens - we bought four black ones who are...erm...some kind of black chicken (I'm great at this) they're some kind of araucana but that's as much as I know! They're very pretty though.
My lovely mother in law wanted to bid and buy a chicken too, and had her eye on a very lovely broody hen, but couldn't take her home as she lives with a family of urban foxes often coming in her garden so the hen lives with us - and is really rather gorgeous!
We brought all the chickens home and popped them in an enclosed area of the chicken run so that they could get used to their new surroundings and we went to get some lunch - and when we came back we realised, much too late, that the wings of the black chickens hadn't been clipped so they could fly. Which they had done. On to next door's roof!
We tried all kinds of tricks to get them down but they weren't interested - so we ducked inside for a warm drink and a think about how to get them down - then they appeared in the front garden - dusk had come and they were looking for somewhere to roost down - phew! So we bustled them back into the pen, and clipped their wings before they could run away again!
They also had lots of things that aren't animals for sale at the auction - so I bought a tray of plants for £2 and shared them with Mum in law
They were a little thirsty so I popped mine in the bath to give a nice big drink to.
I also picked up a petrol lawn mower for £4 and a chainsaw, also £4 (I'm sure I'll think of a reason I need it one day - who can turn down a chainsaw for £4!? NOBODY, that's who!)
Now when we were there there was just one more thing I had my eye on...and have wanted for a long time; but in the shops they are generally between £70 and £100 - which we just don't have.
There was a lot which had two; I didn't want two - I just wanted one - I couldn't afford two and we don't have space for two; BUT there was a lady there who also only wanted one - one specific one - and who I chatted to and we agreed to pair up and out bid the scary man who was loudly discussing plans that did not include cuddles or love - and we won! She took her one, and I took my one - and this is who else we came home with!
Best of all we paid £34 for the two rabbits - that is the princely sum of £17 for a wonderful new pet. Perfect!
He's pretty gigantic! A French Lop, and a MASSIVE one at that.
Check me out being all dressed like a hippy with bare feet hanging out in the chicken run with a giant rabbit!
I'm hooking this post up with Magpie Monday because I got some real bargains! Who else can get a French Lop for £17?