Steve Abbey (left) and John Franchin with John’s pair of large white leghorns.
Steve Abbey (left) and John Franchin with John’s pair of large white leghorns. Peter And Bevly Hughes

Cracker of an auction for Gympie Poultry Club

"ABSOLUTELY brilliant" was Gympie Poultry Club president Robert Downing's description of Sunday's inaugural poultry auction, which saw almost 186 lots sold at solid prices.

Mr Downing said nearly every lot entered for sale in the club's purebred auction sold, with several lots bringing between $125 and $150.

The 186 purebred lots included waterfowl, parrots and peafowl, along with a range of chook breeds including wyandottes, sussex, araucana, pekin and silkies.

The day's record sale went to a trio of silkies which sold for $300 and a pair of ducks for $180.

Mr Downing said the "very large crowd" included visitors from Bundaberg, Mundubbera, Caboolture and Maleny.

The event is expected to keep outside breeders engaged with Gympie club members and build the prominence of the club, which Mr Downing said was currently one of the state's largest, with 60 members, 20 of them juniors.

He said the introduction of the auction meant Gympie breeders had an extra chance to sell their stock to the wider breeding community, and readily access birds from outside their area. The event followed a successful 2012. Mr Downing said if the club could maintain the annual auction, it would also mark a new social event.

"It's easy to get it up and running but it's harder to keep it up and running," Mr Downing said.

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