We have been growing on our heavy breed cockerels for some time now and processing them for the table. They make an excellent table bird. Our cockerels have had the opportunity to free range: they run around developing muscle and graze on nature’s offerings of bugs, worms and lots of greens. When they get to a good size and have had a good life (8 to 10 months) we prepare them for the crock pot or the freezer. They make a delicious meal and the following night we have chicken soup for dinner. Homegrown chicken cannot be compared to the tasteless, white watery chicken bought at the supermarket. The meat is full of goodness, darker in colour and rich in nutrients and flavour.
We are finding more people are enquiring about growing on their cockerels for the table. Keeping a pen of cockerels alongside your layer flock is a good way of running birds for both meat and eggs. Unfortunately crowing cockerels cannot be kept in town so this is a practice best left to lifestyle farmers. Each season when you hatch out your chicks, approximately half with be pullets (your future layers) and the rest will be cockerels (your table birds). This is how man has done it for centuries but modern man and his obsession with mass production and cheap food has lost sight of natural processes and quality food. Eating chicken that has been grown naturally under the sun in a happy healthy environment will be much better for you nutritionally than commercially grown chicken. We recommend rhode island reds, sussex, dorking and plymouth rocks as ideal table birds.
For more information on meatbirds read our newsletter.
Good housekeeping and raising your own meat birds.
This is my second review for the same product but I just had to write as I cleaned out the three smelly gpiggies egloo house ( in purple) and I kid you not,it was a PLEASURE,
True, what's more they aren't nearly as smelly even after a week,it was so easy and got so clean, and they are very happy,Put themselves to bed at dinner time,no trying to find them. I can't recommend this enough 😀👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻🐹🐹🐹 LJ
Definitely getting one for my big boy Robbie ( Flemish Giant)
12/07/2018 by Lisajane
I actually got this for two of our Gpiggies
They just are two smelly and noisy!
It’s fantastic,they love it,it’s so easy to clean and move
It did take me all day to put it together,definitely not as quick and easy as on utube, but once together such a great hutch
I’m looking at getting one for my big Flemish Giant
To sleep in
Fantastic communication from Appleton’s and fast delivery
Would recommend to anyone 😊👍🏻
08/07/2018 by Lisajane
Once again, excellent service from Appletons, thank you. Fast delivery and chickens now under control.
03/07/2018 by Katherine
Thanks very much Appletons and your employees.
Great service, after deciding to buy some leg bands I registered and brought in ten minutes a fair few.
Now there are a few tagged n bagged chooks, having being blinged with some nifty bands.
28/06/2018 by Vicky
Thank you for a well made item and a quick efficent.and prompt delivery.
Regards J Barrett.
24/06/2018 by Jan
Prompt delivery and well finished. Operates as expected and we are very happy with the product.
22/06/2018 by Steve
Our new mini apex hen house is all up and looking very good! I have also just seen a newsletter from you and I am so pleased that as a new comer to chooks this kind of information will be available to me through the amazing service you offer. Thank You Very Much.
21/06/2018 by Pamela
The 4 hens have settles in well and now we have 4 eggs a day .
04/06/2018 by Miles
Awesome hen house! Took us only half an hour to put it together and most of that time was spent just moving the pieces to the chook run and chasing our toddler. The girls love it! Thanks!
31/05/2018 by Sara
Love the range of products here, especially the treats that our chooks adore. Quick delivery so far, will keep buying from here. Thank you.
31/05/2018 by Djamila
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