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.
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18/09/2019 by Merrin
Purchased the 2 x 2 metre cat enclosure and I was very impressed with Appletons prompt communication regarding my ordrer, which arrived within a week of ordering. It is a two person job and took about half a day to erect it. Well designed and would recommend to others wanting to keep their cats safe and happy. Thanks Judy
18/09/2019 by Guest
Super happy, very friendly service and very fast delivery
17/09/2019 by Guest
I was impressed by the following: Very fast delivery Good instruction manuals Neat design, no fitting or assembly issues at all, but I hate the double clips! Overall very good service and product - thanks Guys!
16/09/2019 by Karel
Hi, the incubator arrived in Auckland this morning. A big thank you for your amazing service and super quick courier it was greatly appreciated. Jodie
16/09/2019 by Guest
Great product! I couldn't recommend this enough. The product turned up as described and is incredibly robust.
Excellent service too.
09/09/2019 by Damion
Quality product delivered within days and great communication!
04/09/2019 by Guest
I finally treated my hens to one of these water feeders. I love that it has such a big reservoir and that the dark colour keeps the water fresh and clear. Makes it easy for me to go away for longer without needing to top up their water. Would highly recommend, will last a lifetime and worth the investment.
04/09/2019 by Guest
Parcel arrived - can't wait to set it up! I contacted your company by phone and was greeted by a very pleasant member of your staff. Great service and great delivery. Thank you from Joan and Alan Yates in Wainuiomata
02/09/2019 by Guest
Really great to be able to clean these cages properly and so easily. Also the inside of the cage is noticeably warmer with the insulation provided by the omlet range. The inside of the cages feels warmer than my house...
26/08/2019 by Guest
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