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Is anyone off WCPS attending the Swift Current sale on April 21st?

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Hidden River

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I am completely out of the loop, there is another lady co-ordinating the sale and I am just there to work, so is anyone coming to the sale? Anyone booked a booth there, besides myself? LOL


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Yup Banana

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Moose and I will try -- no promises!

mirycreek

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I think this is going to be a very nicely set up event....it is going to be great to have an indoor heated facility for a sale and the info displays are going to be good for new people.
And there are GREAT door prizes! I am looking forward to it... Very Happy

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Hidden River

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Sweetened wrote:Moose and I will try -- no promises!
Well hopefully you can make it, make sure you stop by our booth to chat if you do come.


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mirycreek

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I might be having a little too much fun with this but I found these great chick development pics and thought they would be great with the incubator and hatching display:
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mirycreek

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Chantecler_eh? is also planning a breed display:
Here is one of the displays,
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Hidden River

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Those look great Miry, we made up a display board about our breeds as well. I figured easier to bring a board with pictures than the actual birds.

The girls helped out so not quite as professional looking but still very nice. They are very excited to be able to attend both days, and their teachers are very excited to hear their reports on Monday!


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Hidden River wrote:
Sweetened wrote:Moose and I will try -- no promises!
Well hopefully you can make it, make sure you stop by our booth to chat if you do come.

Absolutely! I'm excited to put a face to the name!

mirycreek

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It will be nice to meet up with folk as always!

So much planning to have all the right stuff there the right days though....

that is great the girls are going to be there both days and doing a report for their classes on Monday....I may have R on Sat. but so far I think that is all besides me and Chantecler_eh?

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Hope lots of people make it! I just got the unit loaded, midnight, will be leaving here at 4am, looking forward to my 3 hours of sleep!

Coming with all kinds of critters, little of this and a little of that. Didn't have a lot of time to load today because I was in lethbridge till 5pm for a final exam.

Did end up loading the following:

Alpacas
Llamas
Mini Donkeys
Mini Horse
Pygmy/Nigerian/Fainter Goats
Nubian Nanny
Loooots of Rabbits - French Lops, Flemish Giant, Harlequin, California X, Lionhead... mostly young stuff.
Guinea Pigs
Doves
White Cornish St. Chickens - High quality, natural breeders.
Cornish Eggs
Ameracaunas
Danish Brown Leghorns
African Geese
White Chinese Geese
Will bring a box of Goslings & Ducklings... Some Calls/Aus. Spotted Cross's.
Blue Swedish Ducklings
Rouen Ducklings
Buff Ducklings
Magpie/Blue Swedish & Fawn n' White Runner Crested Ducks
Wild Turkeys
Blue Fawn Call Hen
Laying Hens
Pilgrim Goslings - Probably 2 pair. Gotta grab them when I leave.
SMM 16" Saddle
Western Wade 16" Western Saddle

Might bring some Red Rump Parakeets.... not sure if they would sell, might be to stressful. Will think on it..

Anyways, lots coming - should be interesting. Fingers crossed for a good turn out! Would be nice to have an easy unloading when I get home haha.

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Prairie Chick

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I would like to send out my best wishes for a successful day and I hope everyone sells lots and most importantly has a wonderful day Very Happy

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Very nice Mirycreek!
Funny, I was just working with the same pictures of egg development the other day, to take it to the Milo sale. Only a bit of a smaller dispay Very Happy

I hope you all have a great day!

Prairie Chick

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Soooo how did this event go?

Hidden River

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I think it went over very well.
First day April 20th, we have I believe 150 kids come through from the schools. They had set times for each area, there was interactive games they could play, and Chantecler_eh? did a great job in the poultry area. Only a few chicks pipped in the live hatching, but that is just how nature works, never comes out exactly when we want them to. There was a lady there showing how to crochet, and another with her alpaca fibre works and the kids loved to see all the animals as well. There were mini zebu cattle, lambs, alpacas and a calf on display. Along with Pop's birds, Gramma Zoo's birds and of course Miry and I's Birds. They had set up a cow that you could milk (fake of course) but the kids loved it.
And at the far end there was even a fellow there that had some Camens (forget how to spell that, but a mini crocidile), and some snakes. (Not really farm related but it sure interested the kids).

Now the sale/dislay on Saturday was super busy. The rush of course was at the beginning, everyone coming through and looking and then buying. I took about 100 young birds and 3 adult pairs, along with 3 pairs of guinea fowl, and sold about half. I was quite impressed with the people that came through, and the comments they made about liking this type of sale and how it was so nicely set up. All the sellers had very nice cages to display their birds in, all labelled well and priced. The other nice thing I noticed is we were all on the same track for pricing so people could look around and see what they liked the best, then make their choices.
I have to say Ty was a hit with his baby goslings/ducklings and the bunny rabbits.

Since this was a display as well there were kids/families taking lots of pictures and simply wanting to hold or pet the critters, so not all were there to buy. But I talk to the coordinators after the sale and they figured it was a success and are already talking of expanding the display part next year and hopefully we get more sellers as well.

I had a great time both days, and was exhausted when I got home last night. Unloaded birds, did chores and went to bed.


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Prairie Chick

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That sure does sound like a success to me, glad things went so well.

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That sounds wonderful!

I think sometimes it is good when people come to ask questions and hold the animals - some of them will think about it all year and buy next year, having much better knowledge of the birds and animals. I hope. Better than those who buy on impulse and then regret it!

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Chantecler_eh?

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Yes, I thought it went quite well. Every spring sale is different and this one seemed like younger birds were selling better then already laying adults. We did decent as well, thinning out some of the younger stock, now we'll have more room in the brooders.

The kids really seemed to enjoy seeing the different animals, huge interest in the incubator, at least there was something to show with the pips and the cracks. Lots of fun, I'll be up for doing the presentations next year if I get to skip school again lol Very Happy

ETA: I forgot to mention that I got lucky and won the awesome coop donated by Pop's Coops for the raffle. Thanls to Pops for donating it and thanks to Hidden River for hauling it home for me Smile

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mirycreek

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Yes it was a good time for sure! and I know a certain lady who enjoyed the heated interior, still didn't see her with her coat off though!! Very Happy
It was set up amazingly well, and all those wire exhibition cages looked fantastic...I know people can't help but compare that kind of set up to the noisy auctions with their small boxes and lack of contact w/ the breeders.
Everyone loved those "little goats" HRs Katahdin bottle babies, I know my son thought they were great...

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These two might have been the talk of the sale...very impressive!
Splash Chanteclers from Hidden River
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Our Dominique display and Chantecler_eh?'s fancy rooster.
Our booth:
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Here's to next year!!

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