published: Friday, May 03, 2013
Chickens sell quickly at Animal Control auction
By BARRY FOSTER
SEBRING - More than a dozen people turned out Tuesday morning at Highlands County Animal Control, spending nearly $500 on livestock being held at the Haywood Taylor Boulevard location.
Workers at the site said they divested themselves of more than 140 chickens, including roosters, hens and peeps. Animal Control Director Darryl Scott, who also served as auctioneer, divided the fowl into lots.
The largest involved 18 roosters and 13 hens, while the smallest group was a single rooster and three hens.
"We didn't count the peeps - they went with their mamas," Scott said.
The event ran just over an hour, starting promptly at 11 a.m. and finishing shortly after noon.
"We actually had a couple of bidding wars that went on and that drove the prices up," he said.
"We made enough money to pay back our feed bill for the chickens."
The chickens had been rounded up in the Highway Park community over the past several weeks in a clean-up effort that is ongoing. Animal Control officials said as many as two to three chickens continue to be trapped and brought in each day.
That means yet another auction will be held, probably within a month or so.
"It'll probably be a few weeks anyway. When we get up around 100 chickens, we'll go again," Scott said.
While bidders snapped up the chickens -- as well as an albino ferret and a dwarf hamster -- they showed no interest in the three horses that went up on the auction block. The two quarter horses and a paso fino mare remain in county custody. If they are not taken by the time the next auction is held, they will be put out to bid again.
Although it may be a bit before the next auction is held, officials remind residents there are plenty of dogs and cats that can be adopted at any time during regular office hours.
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