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.
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
The fido studio arrived this afternoon. Has been made up and is in use. Easy to put together, even with a impatient audience (Monty!) It is very much to the liking of Monty, just wonder if he realises it is for night time as well. Many thanks for the speedy delivery yet again.
27/03/2018 by Margaret
I was very impressed at the speedy delivery and great quality of the egg cartons. Couldn’t ask for better, thank you so much!
27/03/2018 by Lee
Easy payment, speedy delivery. Very pleased with the product.
21/03/2018 by Russell
Speedy delivery of a good quality product :-)
REALLY liked the packaging of recycled/ reused cardboard box and newsprint paper - meant I could easily compost it, rather than the stupid bubble wrap/ inflated plastic that so much comes in nowadays. Thanks guys. Keep it up!
21/03/2018 by Nell
safe arrival of 6 heritage pullets- delayed by a week because of the forecast storm. Fionna displayed her usual concern for her precious cargo.Some worries when consignment was not there in the morning as I had expected but they were offloaded safely in Wellington at noon beautifully packaged with spare food and drink and none the worse for a 4 hour plus ferry trip :-) Many thanks again great service!
19/03/2018 by thorsten
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