These silly clowns are comical to watch with their 'one brain many bodies' mentality!
We adore our guinea fowl. They make us laugh and they make us cry. Sometimes they seem to be smart and other times they are just plain stupid! They work on a one brain many bodies mentality: so where one goes the rest follow but that one leader is forever changing...getting confusing...well that is guinea fowl for you!
They are essentially grazers and constantly roam looking for bugs, insects and nipping off greens and seed heads. They are not big scratchers like chooks so the lawn stays intact yet if they come across a dusty dirt spot they relish a dust bath. During the non breeding season they mass together and live as a group of males and females. In spring they will pair of in twos or small groups and hang out romantically on our front lawn and in our paddocks all breeding season. They are a delight to watch. The hens will all lay in the same nest/s and if the eggs are not secretly removed will go broody and sit on sometimes up to 40 eggs. They are dedicated broodies but useless mothers. I think they have good intensions but the keets are just not strong enough to cope with the cold, damp and the distances traversed. So keets are best raised in brooder boxes and released back to free range when old enough. We keep both the pearl grey and lavender varieties and have pied in both colours. They are prolific layers of small hard shelled eggs with a round and a pointy end. The hens lay from September to March. Guinea fowl also make an excellent table bird; succulent and tender, similar to eating a gamebird. Guinea fowl are native to Africa. They are often used for tick control. They are low maintenance, hardy birds to keep and do best free range.
Always buy eggs & supplies from Appletons as your team is fantastic & hatching eggs always have very high hatching rates!
23/10/2017 by Sandra
brilliant product up until purchase of these was writing date on eggs..no need to now and it looks great
19/10/2017 by Brenda
After using heat lamps for the last few years, we changed to the heatplate. Wow! Wish wed done this a lot sooner. The chicks love it and the power consumption is massively reduced. Speedy service and delivery.
18/10/2017 by Nicola
Once again, excellent service and communication. Really can't recommended the team at Appleton's enough. Eggs securly packaged and arrived safe and sound. Fingers crossed for a good hatch.
18/10/2017 by Nicola
Great way to make sure the eggs get used in date order. Looks great on the kitchen worktop too!
11/10/2017 by Andrew
Prompt deliver, and the girls used it straight away! Thank so much!
10/10/2017 by Angeline
Me and the kids collected our 6 x 14 week old pullets after building our own coop and run together - a happy day after a couple of years without chooks. All hens happy and healthy and settling in well to their new home : )
08/10/2017 by Mark
I have dealt with Appletons quite a few times now. The delivery service is wonderful. Always so quick and the products are of a very high standard. I would not hesitate in recommending them to anyone.
06/10/2017 by Stephanie
Our new Omlet Eglu Go and chicken fencing is fantastic and so are all the wonderful food and health products we bought through Appletons for our rescued battery hens. After just two weeks, our little flock is free range, happy and laying eggs. Testament to the great products recommended on your website.
05/10/2017 by Theresa
I love my new black egg skelter, it arrived quickly and looks so smart sitting on the bench!
01/10/2017 by Maree
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