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.
Thanks so much for your brilliant help and advice when purchasing our girls, who are incidentally, very happy in their apartment. Your knowledge was illuminating and we are very happy with the product and the service. Highly recommended!
25/06/2017 by Raelene
Both my chickens and I are rapt with this fencing. It was really easy to put up, the chickens are loving having some extra room and so far they haven't managed to escape!
21/06/2017 by Heather
The way business ought to run - with professionalism, order, respect and regard for the variety and quality of the offering and of course the lives of the animals.
At the same time it's about people, with eye-level communications, and always a word of advice if needed.
Thanks you for your continued service over the years. Keep on chooking.
21/06/2017 by Avner
Fantastic service super fast delivery.
16/06/2017 by Nikky
We have recently relocated to Palmerston North - only to find that our neighbour has a lovely (but very naughty) Fox Terrier - who loves chasing cats! I was super worried for our cat Mascot as he had already had a doggy run in earlier this year (losing a few of his nine lives!) A quick search online and I found Appletons and the range of Omlets. Super easy to order, fabulous customer service, quick delivery, great packaging, easy to follow instructions...I could not ask more! Please follow the advice about putting the clips in warm water - it saves you from having sore paws! Mascot now has a bachelor pad the envy of the neighbourhood kitties. I have also ordered a small run for a friend who has an apartment - her kitty has indoor outdoor flow. Thank you so much for such a great product that not only keeps our pets safe, but provides huge peace of mind.
15/06/2017 by Adrienne
I ordered egg cartons about this time yesterday morning and they arrived less than 24 hours later, I would like to say Great Service and thanks very much.
15/06/2017 by Ashley
So glad I found you guys and the products are just as described and great helpful advice aswell. Fast delivery and great website. Will be definitely purchasing more from you :-) Many thanks Vanessa
12/06/2017 by Vanessa
Excellent service from point of order to delivery of products. Thanks Appletons for excellent service again and again.
08/06/2017 by Christine
Just letting u know my cat enclosure is awsum arrived in 3 days packing great. Product very well made easy to assemble looks awsum.Thanks heaps to you all at Appletons. Regards trish thorburn.
01/06/2017 by Trish
One of the best sellers I have encountered. Incredibly helpful with my order and even offered suggestions to ease my delivery difficulty. Products were excellent and service that went beyond the extra mile. People who really care and products that are high quality. Would happily trade with again was a pleasure.
24/05/2017 by Sonya
Sign up today to receive our regular informative newsletters on keeping chickens.Wait...