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.
Excellent service, from pictures, to ordering, to paying, to delivery, all fantastic, and the chooks were drinking out of the Appletons Easy Care Drinker within a few days of ordering it.Thanks Heaps Christine and 13 happy chooks :)
27/04/2017 by Christine
Fast service and excellent, very effective products.
18/04/2017 by Kate
3 new brown shavers, great condition. Can't wait for those eggs! Always great service from Fionna and Gordon.
12/04/2017 by Ewan
The service is Great and products (De-Mite Powder and Safeguard Concentrate) really work well, I have ordered more to have on hand, Thanks for the fast service!
10/04/2017 by Richard
We have been dealing with Appletons for nearly two years and they have great products, lovely chookies and clearly care very much for the welfare of all their birds. What has truly impressed us is the amazing guidance, support and above and beyond generous after sale service Fionna has consistently given us. She (and Gordon on the odd time Fionna wasn't around) has been exceptional and so patient and caring. Honestly they are absolutely wonderful. We highly recommend Appletons to any prospective poultry owner. Anna and Sylvain Filliol
05/04/2017 by Anna
This arrived quickly, was well packed, contained effective instructions and is exactly what I needed.
05/04/2017 by Gail
Happy in their new home (palace).
01/04/2017 by Dave
Just as it says! Easy!! Completely moulded so that the water goes in and comes out in the same place so no leak risks. Best water dispenser we have tried and we have tried at least 4 different ones!
30/03/2017 by Jane
I always find Appletons to deliver in quick time. Fantastic service! I also love your informative website. I am always on it learning about my chickens. Thanks so much.
27/03/2017 by Lisa
We were delighted to pick up our brown shavers from the Mainfreight Depot. Your improved website and great systems made it really easy to get chickens to Dunedin, stress free. Chickens are happy, healthy and settling well.
26/03/2017 by Lesley
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