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Buyers can swoop into bird sale.

BIRDS from across the UK will go under the hammer in Carlisle next month.

Harrison & Hetherington is preparing for its first poultry and waterfowl sale of the year, which has attracted more than 2,000 lots of traditional and rare breeds.

The sale, on February 25, will bring together hens, chickens, bantams, turkeys, ducks, pheasants, waterfowl, caged birds, hatching eggs and poultry equipment.

The breeds coming to Carlisle include Orpingtons, Runner Ducks, Andalusions to Barnevelders. All sale birds are card graded, with a qualified judge grading them as Best of Breed, Exhibition Quality or Breeder Quality, so buyers can see a professional opinion before bidding.

Heather Pritchard, pedigree sales and marketing manager, said: "At last year's auction we saw a phenomenal amount of entries with nearly 1,450 lots of poultry and waterfowl, 265 lots of hatching eggs and 280 lots of poultry equipment, and we are expecting a similar turnout this year. "As a result of the current economic climate and television programmes such as Countryfile, more and more people are enjoying the 'good life' ideology; with a country home, or small holding, large garden and a few acres to run some livestock and a few chickens or ducks. And what nicer way to start your day than to pop out to your own chicken coup and grab a fresh egg for breakfast? "Poultry has become a fashionable item to have."

The sale, the first of three this year at Borderway, regularly attracts visitors who want to view the birds rather than buy. Entries close on February 3.

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PRIZE WINNING Some of the carded poultry from last year's sale at Borderway Mart
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 30, 2012
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