Feathers will fly at poultry auction

Riley and Odette Hargreaves are excited about Gympie’s first chook auction.
Riley and Odette Hargreaves are excited about Gympie’s first chook auction. Tanya Easterby

FANCY feather fans are in for a treat on April 21, when Gympie Poultry Club hosts its inaugural poultry auction at the Gympie Showgrounds.

The auction will feature over 180 purebred lots, with waterfowl, parrots, guinea fowl and peafowl on offer along with a vast range of chook breeds including wyandottes, leghorns, old english game, sussex, araucana, pekin and silkies also up for sale.

Club secretary Odette Hargreaves said the auction would put Gympie on the map within the poultry breeding world, with only a small number of clubs holding auctions.

Mrs Hargreaves said with no poultry auctions held further north than Gympie, the club would provide breeders and pet owners easier access to quality poultry.

"It gives more opportunities for new people to access quality stock," she said.

"We've had fantastic feedback.

"We've had a lot of interest from people wanting to buy."

Mrs Hargreaves said most of her breeding stock has had to come from interstate.

Lots will be sold off in pairs or trios, with bidding starting at $10 a bird.

Mrs Hargreaves said a trio of old english game sold for an impressive $1025 in a recent chook bidding spectacular at Gatton.

She said while she's not expecting the bidding to reach that amount in the club's first ever auction, she's not ruling it out for the future as the proposed annual event grows in status and size.

Mrs Hargreaves said the auction would also promote the club's upcoming shows; their next show will be a frizzle feature on June 2 at the Gympie Showgrounds, which boasts more than 700 pens.

While poultry breeders around Queensland will bid at the event, those in the market for some pretty pets can also get in on the action.

The Gympie Poultry Club will host their inaugural poultry auction on Sunday, April 21, at the Gympie Showgrounds poultry pavilion.

To download a copy of the auction catalogue go online to or contact Odette Hargreaves on 0429637304.

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