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.
brilliant product up until purchase of these was writing date on eggs..no need to now and it looks great
19/10/2017 by Brenda
After using heat lamps for the last few years, we changed to the heatplate. Wow! Wish wed done this a lot sooner. The chicks love it and the power consumption is massively reduced. Speedy service and delivery.
18/10/2017 by Nicola
Once again, excellent service and communication. Really can't recommended the team at Appleton's enough. Eggs securly packaged and arrived safe and sound. Fingers crossed for a good hatch.
18/10/2017 by Nicola
Great way to make sure the eggs get used in date order. Looks great on the kitchen worktop too!
11/10/2017 by Andrew
Prompt deliver, and the girls used it straight away! Thank so much!
10/10/2017 by Angeline
Me and the kids collected our 6 x 14 week old pullets after building our own coop and run together - a happy day after a couple of years without chooks. All hens happy and healthy and settling in well to their new home : )
08/10/2017 by Mark
I have dealt with Appletons quite a few times now. The delivery service is wonderful. Always so quick and the products are of a very high standard. I would not hesitate in recommending them to anyone.
06/10/2017 by Stephanie
Our new Omlet Eglu Go and chicken fencing is fantastic and so are all the wonderful food and health products we bought through Appletons for our rescued battery hens. After just two weeks, our little flock is free range, happy and laying eggs. Testament to the great products recommended on your website.
05/10/2017 by Theresa
I love my new black egg skelter, it arrived quickly and looks so smart sitting on the bench!
01/10/2017 by Maree
Great product. Excellent service.
29/09/2017 by Tess
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