They love to sunbathe in the midday sun snoozing with a wing fanned out only moving an eye to see what we are doing!
We are very fond of our plump round little red legged partridge. We find them endearing as they are happy to hang around our place and free range with our other birds. They are friendly little birds, very attractive in their beautiful monochromatic tones of brown, red and cream. It is a rotund bird, with a light brown back, grey breast and buff belly. The face is white with a black gorget. It has rufous-streaked flanks and red legs. The cocks and hens look very similar but the female is lightly finer in the head and does not have a spur.
Red-legged partridge feed mainly on plant matter such as seeds, leaves, roots, grasses and legumes. It may take fruits occasionally. It also consumes ants, grasshoppers and other insect species, especially in summer. The young in particular consume insects as an essential protein supply. Red-legged partridge feed after emerging from the roost in the early morning, and in the late afternoon. The call is a three-syllable ka-chu-chu. They can be found in Western Europe, in France and Spain and were introduced to Britian some 200 years ago. When they found their way to New Zealand we are not that sure. Probably brought here as a game bird to be released and hunted.
Very happy with our new small flock .
they are settling in nicely and appear supprisingly smart .
Thanks for great service again .
12/12/2017 by Wilfried
Thanks for the additional guidance on incubating eggs when I phoned, great chatting to another chicken-mad folk. My eggs arrived in perfect condition.
30/11/2017 by Kelly
Everything all good, eggs ordered and arrived no problem at all.
28/11/2017 by Mark
Items received as described on the website.
Great communication and a pleasure to deal with.
The instruments corrected our calibration on the incubator.
Thank you Appletons.
27/11/2017 by Peter
Great service and advice, just need the duck to do her bit
23/11/2017 by Chris
Absolutely delighted with my gorgeous red egg skelter and super prompt service! Thank you
15/11/2017 by Valerie
We ordered an eglu cube and run recently and expected it to take some time to make it down what must be the worst bit of any state highway in NZ, but no it was here in Christchurch delivered to home in two days. These coops are a breeze to assemble, done solely by girl power, and what's more the silkie teenagers love it.
Perfect all round. Margaret Howley
13/11/2017 by Margaret
Thank you Appletons for helping out with our chooks. Advice and product did the trick!
07/11/2017 by JACQUES
Delivered next day - excellent! Thanks.
07/11/2017 by Jenette
we ordered extensions and covers for our coop and run we bought about 12 months ago. They are sturdy when erected and easy for two to assemble. The covers are great and for around the bottom of the coop itself. From start to finish the process is just great.
06/11/2017 by Pamela
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