Picture perfect plumage and characters to match.
They are real characters and most entertaining to watch. We love to hear the ducks quack. It sounds like a short, deep laugh. It is always the ducks and never the drakes and it makes us laugh to hear them laugh. Those girls must have a great sense of humour! So our backyard is full of lots of lovely, laughing quacks! We have found them quick to mature both sexes reaching a good size.They make a good all round utility bird. The silver appleyard was developed in Britain during the 1930s and '40s by Reginald Appleyard, a widely known breeder of domestic waterfowl. He was trying to produce the ideal duck.
A few seasons back our silver appleyards hatched out and grew eclipse plumage so we was totally confused as to what we had. They all looked the same. We then did the upside down test on them and discovered to our delight that half were drakes and the other half were ducks. The ducks quack loudly when hung upside down. Towards the end of the season they finally moulted into their stunning breeding plumage. The duck is silvery-white with a heavy flecking of fawn on her back. The drake has a beetle green head and neck and his throat is white with fawn markings. Add to this his silver-white neck ring, breast, wing coverts, and tail tip and you have a very handsome bird indeed. Beak should be yellow, legs and feet orange, and eyes dark hazel.
Very happy with our new small flock .
they are settling in nicely and appear supprisingly smart .
Thanks for great service again .
12/12/2017 by Wilfried
Thanks for the additional guidance on incubating eggs when I phoned, great chatting to another chicken-mad folk. My eggs arrived in perfect condition.
30/11/2017 by Kelly
Everything all good, eggs ordered and arrived no problem at all.
28/11/2017 by Mark
Items received as described on the website.
Great communication and a pleasure to deal with.
The instruments corrected our calibration on the incubator.
Thank you Appletons.
27/11/2017 by Peter
Great service and advice, just need the duck to do her bit
23/11/2017 by Chris
Absolutely delighted with my gorgeous red egg skelter and super prompt service! Thank you
15/11/2017 by Valerie
We ordered an eglu cube and run recently and expected it to take some time to make it down what must be the worst bit of any state highway in NZ, but no it was here in Christchurch delivered to home in two days. These coops are a breeze to assemble, done solely by girl power, and what's more the silkie teenagers love it.
Perfect all round. Margaret Howley
13/11/2017 by Margaret
Thank you Appletons for helping out with our chooks. Advice and product did the trick!
07/11/2017 by JACQUES
Delivered next day - excellent! Thanks.
07/11/2017 by Jenette
we ordered extensions and covers for our coop and run we bought about 12 months ago. They are sturdy when erected and easy for two to assemble. The covers are great and for around the bottom of the coop itself. From start to finish the process is just great.
06/11/2017 by Pamela
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