We love these ducks; real characters, know their own minds, not at all shy and always up for a quack (chat!)
It is the most popular commercial duck breed in the United States and around 95% of duck meat consumed in the United States is Pekin duck. They are breed primarily for egg and meat production so if you are looking for the perfect dual-purpose breed look no further than the Pekin duck! The Pekins originated from the Mallards in China. Pekin hatchlings have bright yellow plumage with an orange bill, shanks, and feet. Fully mature adult Pekin ducks weigh between 3.6 and 5 kgs in captivity. Their average lifespan (if not eaten at an early age) is about 9 to 12 years. Their external feathers are white. They are gregarious characters and will usually group together with other ducks leading very social lives. An adult Pekin will lay an average of 200 eggs per year if it does not try to, or is prevented from, hatching them. They will lay their eggs in what they consider to be a safe place and will often lay where another duck has already laid. We set up our special duck nests (see our products) for our ducks and this gives them a communal place to lay that is dry and helps keep the eggs clean for easy collection. Pekin ducks are less "broody" than other ducks which means they will incubate eggs less frequently and they are more likely to abandon their nest before their eggs hatch. Pekin ducks, for the most part, are too heavy to get airborne which is a good thing especially if you want to keep them in one place like the orchard.
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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
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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
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15/06/2017 by Ashley
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12/06/2017 by Vanessa
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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.
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