It has been a while since we last touched base with all you chookoholics* out there!
We thought we would kick off the start of the year listing our all-time 5 favourite chook essentials that make our lives here Appletons all that much easier. We have lots of chooks that keep us super busy and any accessories that make the chores quicker are very much appreciated. Plus at times the best of us can be forgetful so investing in quality, purpose-built and time saving devices can be a bonus – giving us all more time to do what we enjoy and ensuring our chooks are feed, watered and well cared for!
Call them our STAR products!
Appletons Star Product no# 1* Step-On Feeders*
We would not be without our Step-On Feeders. They save us a fortune in wasted feed, contamination and constant daily trips to top up open feeders (or worse yet scatter feed on the ground!) Their initial cost is soon recouped and the sparrow, rat and mouse population kept at bay. Plus they allow chooks to feed when they need to – little and often during the day and gives all chooks - high and low in the pecking order - the opportunity to consume their daily nutrition needs (as long as the feeder is topped up with a good quality, complete feed!)
Appletons Star Product no# 2 *Automatic and Large Capacity Drinkers*
Chooks need water, clean water and plenty of it especially on hot, summer days. Just like us they are app. 70% water and drink little and often through the day. No water even for just one day can impact on their laying ability. We use and recommend drinkers that have a decent holding capacity – either the automatic drinker, large capacity drinker or chook tee drinker. All these drinkers will give your birds access to water on a permanent basis. Shallow bowls and buckets get fouled in and easily knocked over. Clear plastic containers green up quickly especially if left sitting outside in the hot sun. Chooks consume more water on a hot day so ensure they have access 24/7 to a good supply of H2O.
Appletons Star Product no# 3* Appletons Combo Kit*
Here at Appletons we use a combination of two products to keep our hen houses in good order…and 99% mite free. We say 99% mite free as it is about impossible to be totally mite free! We use Poultry Shield or Smite (both are just as good as each other!) for our annual clean (usually done late autumn) or to get on top of a red mite infestation. For residual red mite control we use and recommend using Appletons De-Mite Powder on a weekly/fortnightly basis. We all enjoy collecting eggs without getting a handful of crawly things on us!
Appletons Star product no#4 *Wood Shavings*
Wood shavings are the new hay and straw. If we have not yet persuaded you to move over to using wood shavings as floor litter yet make it a New Year resolution. Use wood shavings in the laying boxes as well (nice clean material for chooks to lay in). The bonuses are many. You will clean your henhouse out less often, it will smell sweeter and your chooks will enjoy it too. Throw wheat or maize into the litter get the chooks to turn it over regularly. Make sure the litter stays dry for it to work effectively only clean out when required. We love wood shavings and so do our trees and veggies! It makes the silverbeet green and leafy and the chooks and us all love our silverbeet!
Appletons Star Product no#5 *Westons Premium Poultry feed*
To get the best out of our layers we need to feed them the best from day one. Here at Appletons we feed all our chooks on the best feed we can get from the day they pop out of the egg. Remember we are what we eat! Buy a premium quality chook feed, we recommend and use Westons PEAK Layer pellets as they contain all they need for good health and top egg production. They contain ruminant proteins (contain essential lysine and methionine in the natural form). We sell Westons buy the bag or talk to us for a discounted half tonne price.
*someone that is addicted to and loves all poultry/fowl/chooks/chickens!
Happy chook keeping from the team at Appletons.