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.
Just a note to say that I have picked up the hens and got them home. They are beautiful and so well packaged. Mainfreight staff was very impressed, as was I. I am trying to coax them out of the box and into their new house but they are happy in the box! I will have to give them a push I think! Again, very many thanks to everyone involved with this purchase.
10/05/2018 by Alison
Excellent service - as always
02/05/2018 by Maggy
I had to let you know what a difference your products have made to our chooks. I am amazed and thrilled. I am sure they are too. THANK YOU SO MUCH<
30/04/2018 by chris
thank you for your quick service and products as ordered.
23/04/2018 by Bridget
Hi Fionna and Gordon, We put our piggy palace together this morning. Very happy with it and it went together easily. Thank you!
23/04/2018 by Roberta
We are very happy with this product. We wish we had heard about it sooner, because although the older girls are now not pecking the younger girls, they have gotten into the habit of chasing and the young girls, running. We are sure it will calm down once they realise that they are not going to get plucked. Just a point - got some kick-back spray into my face and even I don't want to peck at the chickens - LOL. Regards, Jeanette
16/04/2018 by Jeanette
Thanks for making it so easy to purchase chook food online and to conveniently pick it up in town. 10/10.
10/04/2018 by Sue
I buy regularly online. Process is very easy. Product is excellent. And I enjoy and look forward to my regular chats with Val when I pick up the food from her place. Thanks.
09/04/2018 by Sue
Just wanted to let you know that we were over the moon with our chook house!!! It took about 15 mins to put up. So straightforward!! Had anticipated hours of working things out. Now fencing off our orchard to give our girls a good sized run.Thanks again for all your wonderful help and info!!! Would thoroughly recommend to anyone else.
03/04/2018 by Val
This is the 3rd time of buying products from Appletons. Their website is pretty easy to use and the delivery very quick and not overly expensive. I have purchased chicken food and an Omlet fence both of which I am very satisfied with. And finally if you have to have a chat with them, they are really friendly and obliging. Full Marks Appletons!
02/04/2018 by Cherryle
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