Charitable Organization with Compassionate, Experienced Animal Lovers

We are fully Licensed

  License can be consulted at the auction or by downloading from our website.  

general-licence-bird-gatherings-exd178-170515 (pdf)


Terms & Conditions

Entrance Fee

Entry over 12s £1.50 

Entitles you to 2 raffle tickets.


What can be auctioned?

Chicks of any breed/species:  Must be off heat and fully feathered. Except for ducklings.

Cockerels:  We will accept only 2 single cockerel entry per registered Seller; otherwise cockerels should be sold with a hen as a Pair or two hens as a Trio etc.  More than one cockerel per box is not a problem so long there is no fights and no blood draw in which case seller is responsible for putting them in separate boxes. (Available at 50p donation per box)

SEFFA can take in any unwanted cockerels, so you may bring them boxed and register any excess cockerels under SEFFA

Waterfowl such as Geese, Ducks etc

Game such as English game, Pheasants, Quail, partridges etc.

Ornamental Birds such as Peacocks etc

Aviary/Caged Birds such as Canaries,  Pigeons, Doves etc

Exoctic Birds such as parrots Macaws etc.

Hatching eggs  All eggs are sold as hatching eggs, presumed to be fertile.  No guarantee is placed on eggs by SEFFA and we will not be held responsible for eggs that fail to hatch, we will not pass on sellers details, so please don’t ask. However we have a 3 strike scheme, if a seller is found to having sold in the past rotten, infertile, falsely stated breed,  etc.  We will apply a strike against that seller, after 3 strikes seller will be barred from bring eggs to the auction.  

Small Pets: eg. Rabbits/ Hamsters/ Guinea pigs/Ferrets/chinchillas/gerbil/rats /Degus etc...

Other poultry, game, or small pet related items: e.g. feeders/drinkers/heat lamps/incubators. These have to be as clean as possible to avoid any cross contamination.  Electrical items must be considered untested; SEFFA cannot be held responsible for electrical items which are found not to be in working order.  We will not pass on sellers details, so please don’t ask.

Animal Housing pertaining to any of the allowed species. These have to be as clean as possible to avoid any cross contamination.

The sale of Dogs & Cats are NOT permitted at our auctions. We encourage if you are looking for these animals please visit a shelter (eg. Dogs Trust, etc) and adopt.

Sellers & Buyers

Buyers & Sellers should download a registration form in order to avoid delays, whenever possible. Sellers forms have the space to fill in the seller's lots, be as specific as possible as that will help to sell your lots.

Sellers must confirm their registration at the front desk on arrival to receive a numbered seller/Buyer’s paddle. You will need to show this  when entering the lots and  to the Auctioneer winning bids. At the end at  the door you will need to show your invoice to Auction Staff at the door when you are leaving if you have unsold lots/bought lots to collect. Your Seller number will help us to identify you to ensure that no-one else leaves with your lots. Sellers need to know that at the end an unsold list will be published and buyers can still buy them then, if you remove your lots before that you will lose on a possible sale.

Buyers must register at the front desk on arrival if they wish to take part in the auction.  You are under no obligation to bid just because you have registered.

Buyer and Seller contact details will be kept for a minimum period of 3 months in accordance with DEFRA rules.  We may use email addresses/Mobile numbers to keep you updated with news of further auctions.  If you do not wish to be emailed/texted please inform the auction assistant when registering.

For winning bids, commission of 10% will be added to both the Buyer’s and Seller’s receipts. Same commissions since 2008/9

Winning bids must be paid for in cash, when unavoidable by Card, PayPal or instant bank transfer.

Sellers can be paid out in cash and can be paid as soon as they wish after their lots have been auctioned. Sometimes some extra time is required to have cash flow enough to pay it out.

Please be patient while receipts are prepared at the end of the auction.  Alternatively, funds due can be paid directly into a Seller’s bank account provided bank details (account name, account number and sort code) have been previously submitted. Bank details will not be retained.  Sellers can be also paid by PayPal or bank transfer. Funds will be transferred to accounts on the TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY following the auction and a copy of the Seller’s invoice will also be mailed/emailed to you/texted

Admission of Dogs and Cats

The admission of Dogs and Cats with their owners is at the discretion of the Host and up to every individual case, they will need to be on a short leash and cannot be allowed near the birds and other animals to avoid unnecessary stress for both, any owner found to be out of the above rules may be ask to remove their pets.

Animal Health

Ensure all animals are healthy. 

Any animals which the Auction Staff consider unhealthy or are uncertain about will be refused entry into the Auction and must be removed by the Seller immediately. If it is deemed necessary to call a vet out to deal with a sick animal, the owner of that animal at the time will be responsible for the vet’s fees. Some ailments may be allowed, (at Host's Discretion), if fully described so buyers can make informed decisions.

Please note that sometimes animals are not sick but displaying signs of stress for having to travel, spend day in a box with little food and little water and commotion. (Not the usual).

SEFFA cannot be held responsible for animals that are or fall sick during and after the auction, after animal has gone through SEFFA's health check point, it will be up to the buyer to triple check what they are buying or ask a member of staff when not familiar with it and in doubt.

Boxes & Crates

 SEFFA will always have empty boxes for your convenience, however a minimum donation of 50p per box is required.

Boxes or crates should be large enough for the animals to stand upright and to move about in. If you wish to make your own box/crate, please visit our Tutorial Page for guidance.

The box you bring your animals in will be the box the buyer takes them home in so please ensure you bring your animals in boxes/crates/cages you do not want.

 If in a cage you want, please state on your form: cage not included and put a sticker on box/cage etc. stating so, failure to do that will entitle the buyer to the whole lot.

Boxes should ideally have a mesh/wire front/top to enable prospective Buyers and Auction Staff to see what is inside. Remember if buyers cannot see they are less likely to buy.

Ensure that you have provided plastic cups for water and food in the box. DO NOT FILL UP THE WATER CUP, staff at the auction will do that for you, this to avoid spillage in transit and damage to boxes as a result.

 It is the owner’s responsibility at the time to ensure all animals have access to food and water throughout the auction. Plastic cups can be dispensed for a minimum donation 10p each from the front desk.

A note should be affixed to the box with a description of what is inside identifying the breed, age, sex and other information which may be helpful to a prospective Buyer and the Auctioneer, any defects and/or ailments should be disclose on that note too.

If this is not done previous to arrival you will still be required to do it at the cost of holding up the queue.

The Auction


The Seller should be there for 09:00, no entrance of any customers lots will be allowed before that time.  Staff and Stall owners lots have priority and will be the first to come in.  

Sellers will need to have their registration form ready with their paddle number on it, (should be obtained from front desk). 

The Seller will need to fill in any reserve price he wishes to place, as well as cage included or not, if cage is not included, seller needs to provide a box for transport at the end,  (SEFFA has boxes available for a minimum of 50p donation). This will be entered on the auction sheet. Your lots will be given numbers. First to arrive will have the first lot numbers and so on.

Please Note that SEFFA’s and SEFFA’s Staff  & Stall Holders lots have priority as staff needs to get on with work to make it all possible.

Sellers with unsold lots to collect, and buyers will have their invoice given to a Porter who will check their Paddle N. and Invoice and collect the bought/unsold items for them. 

Sellers must NOT collect unsold items themselves.

The Auction cont.


Buyers should ensure they raise their Buyer number above their head in order for the Auctioneer to see them. 

If the Auctioneer does not see your Buyer number then you may miss out on a winning bid

The fall of the Auctioneer’s hammer constitutes a sale to the winning bidder. The winning bidder’s Buyer Number and winning bid will be marked on the auction sheet against the appropriate lot number. We record the winning bid twice to help solve any dispute, however the last word is of the auctioneer who knows who he sold it to.

At the end of the auction Buyers should form an orderly queue as they wait to pay for their new purchases.  NO BIDS WILL BE TAKEN FROM THE QUEUE!! please if you still want to bid you must not join the queue.

Payment will be accepted in cash, when unavoidable by Card, PayPal or instant bank transfer. 

Buyers will be given a dated invoice; this will be given to a Porter at the door who will collect your winning lots for you. 

Under no circumstances must Buyers  collect their own lots. Your receipt and boxes will be ticked as you leave with each lot.


 South Essex Feather & Fur Auctions (“SEFFA”) is family run, alongside our volunteers. 

SEFFA will not be held responsible for any inaccuracies of the items in the Auction, nor will we be responsible for hatching eggs that are not fertile, or any electrical item which later is found to be faulty. 

Animal Health will be checked before lots entries and any clearly visible sick animals will be refused entry.

 Under no circumstance is SEFFA to be held responsible for any ill animal bought at the auction. Prospective Buyers must ensure they are satisfied with any lot they wish to bid on including the description and health of any livestock. 

Inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated at the Auction. Anybody causing a nuisance of any kind may be asked to leave the premises. That includes any cruelty in handling animals at the end of the Auction. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT OF ADMISSION.  

Polite Notices

In cases where management fails to get user to comply Police will be called.

Strictly no car park dealing. 

Culling of any livestock is not permitted in the car park of the auction hall.

Handling of animals out the boxes cannot be done at the car park by hall entrance. Any leftover boxes should be taken to the back by the Black Bins, boxes should be crushed.

The amount of lots we can reasonably fit into the Auction Hall will be in the region of 250/300. Unfortunately, if you arrive late and we are full, then be aware that you may not be able to enter your lots. 

Prospective Buyers arriving after 11am (when the Auction has started) will not be able to walk around and view the lots - they can request to be escorted by the Host. 

The area will be closed during the Auction.