Bantams are just as proud
By BELINDA SCOTT
ALTHOUGH his mother, Karen Sebbens, wants him to list it on eBay, Nick Sebbens hasn't yet decided what to do with his tiny miniature egg, which he thinks was laid by a very young bantam hen.
But for 14-year-old Nick, it's just one of many interesting events that come his way as a junior poultry fancier.
He gets lots of support from 'Pop',his grandfather Bruce Mackay, who lives next door, and who helps him build travelling cages and takes him to shows.
Well-known Coffs Harbour poultry breeder, the late 'Snow' Rose, also supported the young enthusiast and gave himsome of his well-bred wyandotte fowls.
Nick has been breeding Chinese silkies and wyandottes for the last six years and this year he won Junior Champion Exhibit at Coffs Harbour Show with a wyandotte pullet.
He has sold fowls to other breeders at Moree and Scone and has recently bought an incubator with his pocket money.
He is happy to get up at 6am to look after his fowls but he'd like to see a lot more young people take an interest in poultry breeding. He says breeds like the pretty Chinese silkies make good pets, not to mention the bonus of eggs for breakfast.
He wants to continue Mr Rose's stain of wyandottes and his current ambition is to win a championship at the Brisbane show with one of Snowy's 'dots.