Poultry club looks for fresh faces

"They don't answer back," is Nicole Lancaster's number one reason why chickens are brilliant pets.

"They love you. They're like dogs. You walk out the back door the dogs can't wait to see you. You walk into the chicken coop, they all come running because they think you're loaded with food," she added.

Nicole Lancaster with her newest baby chickens.
Nicole Lancaster with her newest baby chickens. Caitlan Charles

The Grafton District Poultry Club is looking to expand  its ranks into the next generation and encourage people of all ages to become poultry lovers, breeders and showers.

"We're trying to attract more members to the club because a lot of older members are retiring. It can be quite time consuming if you get into it," Mrs Lancaster, who is a part of the poultry club, said.

"We're trying to get more people to show their chooks as well.

"We have two shows each year; the Grafton show and an annual club show. We get quite a few entries into that.

"We hold an auction every last week of June, we have a pure bred auction and we're trying to publicise the monthly market."

 

Mrs Lancaster said the monthly markets, which are on at the same time as the Grafton Showground Markets, have been very successful for the club.

"They pay $3 a pen and they can put a few birds on it and sell them for whatever they want and there are lots of happy customers and lots of happy sellers," she said. "I move quite a few chooks that way."

The club is also a great way for new owners and breeders to get advice about their poultry.

"I've met a few people and lots of people give me advice if there is something wrong with my chickens," Mrs Lancaster said.

"When people ring the secretary Sandra Nelson or myself, they may ask who's Plymouth Rocks or Pekins... so we've got a bit of a directory in our heads of who to put people onto."

But showing and selling chickens isn't the only thing the Grafton District Poultry Club is here for.

"We also want to encourage people who just want to have backyard chickens," Mrs Lancaster said.

There is a more serious side to what they do as well.

"There are a lot of these breeds that are dying out because people want these boring old utility Isa Browns that virtually just poops out an egg a day," she said.

"We just try to protect a few of those heritage breeds."

To get in contact with the poultry club, email Sandra Nelson at graftonpoultryclub@gmail.com.



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