After 71 years of showing poultry, Frank Tynan has decided it's time to scale back.
The Table Top-based master breeder will be auctioning off 170 of his prized fowl on Sunday.
He cited his health as the main reason he's decided to take a step back.
"I'm quite happy about it, it's too much work for me to do now, I'm nearly 80 years old," he said.
"I'll keep a couple of laying chooks in the backyard and I'll be happy to look after those."
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Mr Tynan is well regarded within the poultry world, particularly for the quality of his Andalusians, which he's been breeding since day one.
"I wanted chooks and my mother bought the andalusians for me when I was eight years old," he said.
"From there on I got extra breeds and as soon as I got my drivers license I started showing all over the place."
Mr Tynan has shown all over the country, from Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra to the smaller country places like Dubbo.
The strength and quality of his show chickens can be seen just in the interest his auction has generated.
Buyers from as far as Queensland plan on phoning in to get a chance to buy his chooks this weekend.
Mr Tynan said the chicken showing community was still going strong and that it's helped make friends all over Australia.
"It's probably gone off a little bit since I first started showing but there's still a lot of people showing them.
"There's a lot of young people coming up to show and wanting hints and that sort of thing as they do," he said.
"I will miss going to the shows to a certain extent."
The master breeder said that the key to a successful show chicken was pedigree, training and presentation.
"It always helps to start off with a decent fowl and make sure they're quiet when they're showing," he said.
"Don't show wild chooks, the judges don't like that.
"You want the ones that will show themselves.
"The more you train them the more they'll do that when you come to the front of the pen to look at them.
"Some of them will pose for the photo."
One thing Mr Tynan said he certainly won't miss is washing his chickens in the middle of winter and loading them up early in the morning to get to their next show.
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