Frank Tynan’s fancy poultry goes under the hammer as he heads to retirement
After exhibiting poultry for more than seven decades, master breeder Frank Tynan has decided to do nothing more.
- Frank Tynan retires after 71 years of raising and showing chickens
- He auctioned off 180 of his precious chooks, with a maximum price of $ 320
- Auctioneer says poultry farming is booming
âI had Livorno, Andalusians, Rosecombes, Minorca, Ancones and I had a lot of other races in between,â he said.
Mr Tynan, of Table Top north of Albury, got his first batch of purebred chickens at the age of eight.
His mother gave him the Andalusia with the blue plumage and he has been raising and showing them ever since.
At nearly 80, he decided it was time to retire from the entertainment circuit.
âI’m not really upset about it, I feel it’s time for a life change.
“It’s a lot of work and I will have a few more hooks in the yard to occupy myself.”
Make a champion chook
Mr Tynan has lost count of the number of titles and trophies he has won with his champions.
âIt’s a lot of work to get them ready for the show,â he said.
“I can have up to 15 birds which all need to be washed and prepared and it’s always winter, so I’m going to dry them in front of the fire.”
Her secret has been a velvet soap cake, a garnish and a storage of unruly feathers.
In the 71 years of breeding, he said he never tired of the effort to make sure the animals were well looked after.
“They follow you around and make noise, and the little Bantams and Rosecombs will fly over your shoulder and wait to be fed.”
He said the difference between a champion and a backyard coat was often in the intelligence of the bird.
âThe best of the herd will walk and carry each other with almost a sense of pride, you will see them coming past the pen,â he said.
The final auction
Over the weekend, he auctioned off 180 of his precious herd, with many bidders on the phone due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The highest bid of $ 320 was for an Andalusian rooster.
Poultry auctioneer Braham Metry said it was a one-off auction.
âYou just don’t get a seed stock like this,â he said.
Mr Metry said COVID restrictions limited the number of people at the auction, but that did not deter serious buyers.
âIn the poultry world, you have your backyards wanting the pretty chooks, and then you get your show breeders who breed to perfection,â he said.
Mr Metry said poultry farming is booming.
“It’s a matter of genetics, it’s a standard and it’s no different from showing dogs, cattle, horses. It’s a standard of perfection,” he said. .
As Mr. Tynan finalizes his retirement plans, he says he plans to return to tennis this summer.