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.
Excellent service, from pictures, to ordering, to paying, to delivery, all fantastic, and the chooks were drinking out of the Appletons Easy Care Drinker within a few days of ordering it.Thanks Heaps Christine and 13 happy chooks :)
27/04/2017 by Christine
Fast service and excellent, very effective products.
18/04/2017 by Kate
3 new brown shavers, great condition. Can't wait for those eggs! Always great service from Fionna and Gordon.
12/04/2017 by Ewan
The service is Great and products (De-Mite Powder and Safeguard Concentrate) really work well, I have ordered more to have on hand, Thanks for the fast service!
10/04/2017 by Richard
We have been dealing with Appletons for nearly two years and they have great products, lovely chookies and clearly care very much for the welfare of all their birds. What has truly impressed us is the amazing guidance, support and above and beyond generous after sale service Fionna has consistently given us. She (and Gordon on the odd time Fionna wasn't around) has been exceptional and so patient and caring. Honestly they are absolutely wonderful. We highly recommend Appletons to any prospective poultry owner. Anna and Sylvain Filliol
05/04/2017 by Anna
This arrived quickly, was well packed, contained effective instructions and is exactly what I needed.
05/04/2017 by Gail
Happy in their new home (palace).
01/04/2017 by Dave
Just as it says! Easy!! Completely moulded so that the water goes in and comes out in the same place so no leak risks. Best water dispenser we have tried and we have tried at least 4 different ones!
30/03/2017 by Jane
I always find Appletons to deliver in quick time. Fantastic service! I also love your informative website. I am always on it learning about my chickens. Thanks so much.
27/03/2017 by Lisa
We were delighted to pick up our brown shavers from the Mainfreight Depot. Your improved website and great systems made it really easy to get chickens to Dunedin, stress free. Chickens are happy, healthy and settling well.
26/03/2017 by Lesley
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