Our muscovy patrol are the best bug control you could ask for!
They don’t quack so they go about their business pretty much silently. The muscovy drake makes a dry hissing sound and the hen a quiet trilling coo. The males are twice the size of the females. The drakes waddle around with great effort no wonder when you see the size of them. The males most distinctive features are a bare red face with a pronounced caruncle at the base of the bill and a low erectile crest of feathers. They are not faithful to one duck but like a whole bevy of lovely ladies! We recommend only keeping one drake with your ducks as the boys can get over keen. They have very social behaviour: meeting and greeting with lots of neck waving, low hissing and trills and tail wagging. They must have some great conversations! They are also great weed eaters and polish off any feed or scraps lying around. The females are petite and like the drakes have very sharp claws. Once the ducks are experienced sitters they make devoted mothers and raise the young exceptionally well teaching them all they need to know. One of our mums has just raised 18 ducklings all the way through to teenagehood. We gave her a gold medal for being so patient with that many kids!
The eggs make good eating and are great for baking sponges. The drakes make excellent table birds.
The meat is lean when compared to the fatty meat of mallard-derived ducks, its leanness and tenderness being often compared to veal. The carcass of a muscovy drake is also much heavier than most other domestic ducks, which makes it ideal for the dinner table. We have bred some beautiful colours blue, blue and white and splash.
My hens seem to thrive on it. Noticed a difference in them after only using it for a week. Had to buy two more containers.
18/01/2019 by Guest
Purchased this for my new little chickens! Was a little bit hard to follow the instructions but with a little common sense we sussed it out in the end. It's kept our girls contained nicely, and it's easy to move to different sections of your garden. I would definitely recommend, it so far seems like a really good quality product.
15/01/2019 by Guest
Have purchased the walk in 2m wide and 4m long enclosure for my cats. A bit of modifying with two doors and sidled it up to the house so the cats can run out from the living room.They are loving it and I notice a sense of calm about them. It is impressive and visitors are amazed. Easy to assemble and I like that I can move, change, shift easily with this product.I also purchased the 3m covers and we have shade and rain protection.
Overall value for money and a great product.
14/01/2019 by Guest
Absolutely excellent service. Very quick delivery and clear communication throughout. I love my new Eglu coop. Thanks so much.
14/01/2019 by Guest
Hi Fiona and Gordon, I have used your product last Summer and it was totally awesome. Unfortunately, because my chickens are totally free range and we get sooooooo many wild birds come to feed. I also have to spray my trees and everywhere they get into around the chickens, as I get covered in mites just walking under them. So this has been brilliant. Kind regards Elke
09/01/2019 by Guest
Hi Appletons team. Just wanted to say thanks for the speedy and efficient delivery of the chicken coop, especially given the time of year. We have very happy chickens now! Can you also pass on our thanks to Mainfreight who were fantastic and have a great user friendly tracking system. Have a great 2019. Regards Craig
09/01/2019 by Guest
I am the proud owner of the Omlet walk in run, required urgently before Christmas to protect my newly hatched chickens from a family members' naughty dogs. The run was dispatched urgently, quickly erected and my little chickens stayed safe throughout the dogs' visit. An excellent product and fabulous service from Fionna and her team. Many Thanks!
30/12/2018 by Liz
very easy company and website to work with, lovely staff response and speedy delivery of good quality hay.
thanks from my hungry 3 guinea pigs!
19/12/2018 by Jess
I ordered six fertile eggs three weeks ago, and they arrived quickly, and were superbly packaged. I popped them under my broody hens the next day.They were due to hatch today (19.12.2018) but three of them hatched yesterday, much to my delight. I hope to find three more hatched when I get home today. Very exciting, as this is the first time I'd ever done it. Great service, great help, and great advise. I will do it again next spring. Kathy
19/12/2018 by Kathy
The New Eglu Cube is the best quality chicken house I've ever bought....it is certainly worth the investment. No way would I go back to a wooden one and all its associated problems. It is so easy to clean that it is no longer a chore. Literally takes 5 mins. The girls love going up and down their ladder and feel safe and warm in the coop. Its so easy to move around the garden and everyone comments on how nice it looks. Very happy customer and chickens. 😀
18/12/2018 by Sarah
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