A little something different I know and it’s definately as ubject I know little about (although with 8 rather rare breed bantams at home I ought to I guess)….but I thought I’d bring you some news from the Craven Feather Auction at Skipton.

Ruling the roost (sorry) at the show and sale were Skipton-based, husband and wife poultry breeders Keith and Anne Chatburn who landed their third championship success of the year.

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The couple’s trio of exhibition standard Large Black Orpingtons, hatched in 2007, won the large fowl class before going on to take the supreme championship and selling for the day’s top price of £110 to Mrs M Robson, of Cowling.Reserve champions, a trio of Welsummers from S Hitchen, Halifax, sold for £64 to Alan Barnes, Great Harwood.

Mr Barnes also exhibited the highest price per head birds with a pair of White Wyandotte Bantams, sold at £108 to Pamela Lupton, Ripon.

Top prices:
Large Fowl: Trio Black Orpington £110, 3 Barnevelder Pullets £86, 2 Buff Orpington Pullets £80, Trio Gold Silkie £80, 3 Silver Laced Wyandotte Pullets £66, 2 Welsummer Pullets £52, 2 Speckled Sussex Pullets £52, Quartet Lakenvelder £50, Trio Light Sussex £50, 3 Welsummer Hens £50.

Ducks: Trio Apricot Call £50, Pair Apricot Call £42. Bantams: Pair White Wyandotte £108, Trio Silver Laced Wyandotte £68, Trio Welsummer £64, 2 Black/Gold Silkie Femals £56, Trio RIR £50.