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Exotic chooks from across globe scratch up for Lismore event

Steve Serone, poultry breeder of Boorie Creek, will be buying and selling exotic chooks at the Lismore showground on Saturday.
Steve Serone, poultry breeder of Boorie Creek, will be buying and selling exotic chooks at the Lismore showground on Saturday. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

CHOOKS from all over the world will be on display and up for auction at the Lismore Showground on Saturday.

The Lismore Poultry Club is holding its annual purebred auction and chook-lovers interested in some of the more exotic breeds are invited to bring a box and take home a bargain bantam.

Steve Serone has recently retired from his job as a Qantas flight attendant and taken up his long-held dream of breeding exotic poultry.

"When you spend 26 years living out of hotel rooms you have a lot of time to fantasise about what you'll do when you retire. I'm doing it," he said.

Mr Serone bought 16.2ha (40 acres) at Boorie Ck and has more than 150 birds from all over the world.

"From every country I visited as a flight attendant," he joked.

There are leghorns from Italy, guineafowl from Africa, Hamburgs from Germany, Indian games from the UK and marans from France. He also has Toulouse geese from France and white Chinese geese.

Mr Serone grew up in the area and said he always loved the poultry at his grandfather's farm.

He will be buying and selling at Saturday's auction and plans to show his chooks when the show season rolls around.

Poultry club publicity officer Steve Dubber said Saturday's auction would be the largest variety of breeds and colours.

"Some breeds have never been offered for sale in the local area before," he said.

The auction is a fundraiser for the club and an opportunity for breeders to share bloodlines of stock.

At a glance

The Lismore Poultry Club auction is on Saturday, March 15 at the Lismore Showground.

Birds can be viewed from 8.30am with the auction starting at 10am.

There are 90 lots with one to three birds in each lot.

Buyers need to bring their own boxes.

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