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.
Very good company to deal with In every way. Eggs arrived on time and were well packaged. Very good pricing.
21/11/2018 by Roger
Our Appletons drinker is excellent and has made our lives much easier. A very good product, robust and well-designed, worth paying more for.
18/11/2018 by Stephanie
18 fertile eggs ordered 26 days ago, they arrived a couple of days later perfectly packaged & safe ready to put under my 2 Broodies. 24hrs later they were set & my girls did their job. On Thursday evening to my delight, at day 20, I went to check the girls and heard the peeps, then caught sight of 2 fluffy ginger bums. By the next day there were 14 bundles of joy. Thank you so much guys. My girls are enjoying co-parenting the 6 Rhode reds, 5 Araucanas & 3 barred Plymouth Rock that hatched. Beautiful healthy chicks, I’m over the moon. Every purchase from Appleton’s is promptly sent, great quality and meets my expectations, thank you.
17/11/2018 by Kim
I recently brought fertile chicken eggs from you and just wanted to say you provided fantastic service, quick delivery and eggs were packed and labelled very well. Will definitely buy from you again. Big thanks
08/11/2018 by Andrea
Hi Fionna, We have at long last had time to get Minka’s enclosure put together. It is awesome, plenty of room to add some climbing things for her. It arrived up here super fast with no hassles. Thank you so much.Many thanks
08/11/2018 by Margaret
needed to buy spare gate set it arrived perfectly packaged and very promptly. Great service thank you
05/11/2018 by Sandra
Perfect, exactly what I was after, and good solid eggs as well, not cheap hollow ones.
04/11/2018 by Jaco
Prior to acquiring these excellent cartons we were always struggling to keep up with our girl's offerings! Now they are kept safe and well presented as they deserve.
A great product from a great team.
02/11/2018 by Allister
Great service. Eglu easy to put together, the run part took longer than I expected. However just timeconsuming as opposed to complicated. Chickens seem very happy and cosy in their new home.
02/11/2018 by Janis
We bought an extra Omlet fence to give our hens more space. Handy to have more than one gate.
28/10/2018 by Lea
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