3 on the Road: Chicken Auction

3 on the Road: Chicken Auction
Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT

We're heading to Carthage to a monthly event. It's an auction. But be prepared for some foul language. Foul language like "chickens and gunnies and geese," stuff like that. It's a chicken auction.

"Chickens, turkeys gunnies, geese, ducks, rabbits. Sell a few goats here and there, said Eddie."

Eddie started this auction four years ago as an experiment.

"Well one of my hobbies is back yard chickens. And I'm an auctioneer," added Eddie. "I'd heard about some of them in Tennessee. I decided I was going to have at least one if it cost me money."

Well after sustaining itself for four years now, every third Saturday of the month, seems like the auction has become a great success. Seems like most of the people are hobby chicken farmers. You know, back yard stuff. Some more serious than others. And when their flocks increase the excess winds up here in search of another back yard.

James Quick goes for the unusual type chicken.

"I got ones that look different. I got some that lays green eggs, brown eggs, speckled eggs," said James.

And even if you come and don't buy a thing it's not like a wasted day. At least Marvin Pinter from Brandon doesn't think so.

"It's a good clean place to come if you want to bring your family," said Marvin. "Good food and good fellowship."

Sort of like going to church without the praying.

"We might even get a prayer going, (laugh)" added Marvin.

It's a family deal for Bill Kitchens. Its his family that brings him.

"I'm up here with my daughter. She's got, you know, home rabbits and turkeys and chickens and this is something she looks forward to every month," said Bill.

"I've got some for sale today. I have rabbits and some chickens," added his daughter.

And she'll probably reinvest her earnings into some other animals before she leaves today. Some of these folks had chickens at their houses when they were young and they want to have them again as a reminder.

To others it's a pastime, more serious to some than others. But to all it's good clean entertainment in Carthage every third Saturday. Foul language and all.

The auction is just north of Carthage on highway 25, three miles beyond the highway 25-35 intersection; left hand side of the road when you are going that direction.

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