3 year old Mackenzie Hargreaves of Ross Creek loves to be amongst his mothers chickens. Mackenzie is holding a Silver Laced Wyandotte rooster, his mother Odette Hargreaves breeds chickens for showing and some of her chickens are being prepared for the 3 annual pure bred auction to be held at Gympie Showgrounds this Sunday, March 29 from 9.30am. Photo Greg Miller / Gympie Times
3 year old Mackenzie Hargreaves of Ross Creek loves to be amongst his mothers chickens. Mackenzie is holding a Silver Laced Wyandotte rooster, his mother Odette Hargreaves breeds chickens for showing and some of her chickens are being prepared for the 3 annual pure bred auction to be held at Gympie Showgrounds this Sunday, March 29 from 9.30am. Photo Greg Miller / Gympie Times Greg Miller

Poultry auction ruffles feathers for all the right reasons

ROSS Creek youngster Mackenzie Hargreaves loves his chooks and although only three, has developed an interest in poultry, following in his mother's footsteps.

Mum Odette is the Gympie Poultry Club secretary and proud member of five years.

When Mrs Hargreaves is not busy juggling her career as a police officer and being a mum of three, she is constantly working through a checklist of chores on the family property.

This weekend, Mrs Hargreaves will be throwing her support behind tomorrow's Gympie Poultry Club Purebred Poultry Auction.

The bidding frenzy starts at 9.30am after a viewing from 8-9am, allowing prospective buyers a chance to have a good scratch around.

Mrs Hargreaves said she looked forward to the third annual auction, to be held at the Gympie Showgrounds in the Poultry Pavilion.

"I am really excited about the auction because it is about having quality stock to buy," she said.

Being auctioned tomorrow are quality purebred fowl, waterfowl and peacocks.

Buyers can get ahead of the pack by accessing a catalogue from the Gympie Poultry Club website - http://www.gympiepoultryclub.com.

Mrs Hargreaves said recognised breeders would offer a great line-up of quality birds, ensuring buyers could have confidence in their purchase.

Making things even easier is the fact the club will have EFTPOS facilities on hand to avoid the need to manage cash.

The Gympie Poultry Club secretary said the auction also doubled as a chance to recruit new members who could then begin showing.

There are two shows a year, in June and July, hosted by the club in addition to the annual Gympie and District Show in May.

Mrs Hargreaves encouraged anyone thinking about joining the club to come along to tomorrow's auction to find out more.

"There are plenty of members with more experience than me but we are all willing to help (new members)," she said.

Mrs Hargreaves and husband Brad's interest in poultry started about 10 years ago when the family bought a handful of laying chooks to supply eggs.

From small beginnings, the family has added to its collection to have about 300 competition-quality chooks.

Mrs Hargreaves travels widely to show her purebred poultry, and winning the title of Champion Bantam Soft Feather at the Toowoomba Poultry Show in June last year remains a highlight.

Gympie Poultry Club membership costs $6. Contact Odette Hargreaves on 0429 637 304 for more.

Gympie Times


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