Allora bird lovers will flock in

POULTRY PASSION: Southern Downs Poultry Club Life Member Ernie Young and Club President Keith Young say preparations are well in place for this Sunday's Annual Poultry Auction.
POULTRY PASSION: Southern Downs Poultry Club Life Member Ernie Young and Club President Keith Young say preparations are well in place for this Sunday's Annual Poultry Auction. Glyn Rees

THE Southern Downs Poultry Club will host its annual poultry auction on Sunday in the Ernie Young Pavilion at the Allora Showgrounds.

"It's one of our biggest events of the year, and a valuable club fundraiser" club president Keith Young said.

"We generally have upwards of 130 lots on offer that are sold for realistic prices, and we are well on our way to those numbers."

Some of the breeds on offer on Sunday are wyandottes, Rhode Island reds and whites, light Sussex, leghorns, Plymouth rocks, silkies and many more that come in both large and bantam sizes. Pekins, Belgian bantams and pitt game bantams all come in various colours, something for all poultry fanciers.

Breeders travel to the highly ranked auction from across the Darling Downs, Wide Bay and Burnett and northern New South Wales, to see and buy new stock for breeding and showing.

Poultry going under the hammer on Sunday morning can be viewed by bidders at 8am with well-known Nanango based auctioneer Midge Thompson taking bids from 9 am.

All payments are to be finalised on the day, and canteen facilities are available for the convenience of patrons.

Auction bookings should be directed to auction co-ordinator Lisa Baker on 0447712346 or at

"Poultry breeding can certainly get people hooked," Mr Young said.

"Those with an interest come to appreciate that keeping chickens can be so much more than just a hobby".

Not only will the birds provide fresh healthy eggs (and meat, if you wish), but they also offer a learning experience for the whole family.

"There are many potential fanciers out there who just need some guidance and encouragement into the world of poultry."

The club meets bi-monthly in the evening at the Allora Showgrounds canteen, the next meeting being October 10.

Being a member of the club doesn't mean you must take on a position or attend all meetings, it's more of a way of promoting the poultry hobby for young and old fanciers alike.

The club has only a small band of members who are all keen poultry breeders who enjoy sharing their knowledge with others, whether it be show stock or backyarders. It's great to hear information on such things as breeds, feeding and nutrition, local laws and show preparations.

For further information phone Mr Young on 46663063.

Topics:  allora, bird show, whatson

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