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.
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Good housekeeping and raising your own meat birds.
Again excellent service and quality product. Arrived here (Dannevirke) 3 days after ordering. Chooks love the stuff and have been picking away at it.
16/02/2018 by Wayne
I bought the easy care drinker, step on feeder for smaller spaces and Omlet chicken fencing. All three products are first class and I would recommend them to anyone.
14/02/2018 by carole
Hi there, I ordered some items and was very happy with the quick service. order arrived in excellent condition with no fuss. Would certainly use them again. thankyou
08/02/2018 by Daphne
I ordered some items on the Weds and received them in Central Otago on Friday. Excellent service, thank you.
05/02/2018 by John
I ordered some supplies for new baby chicks. The products were as described and delivered quickly even though we are rural and on the North Island. Very satisfied with the price, quality and speed.
04/02/2018 by Susanne
Many thanks for the prompt delivery and great product . I will definitely shop there in the future.
31/01/2018 by Warren
Many Thanks to Appleton's for the prompt supply of the Trio Of plastic eggs and Coloured leg rings which arrived by Courier . Excellent quality at a reasonable price and well packed for courier delivery to Dannevirke. We will certainly shop with Appleton's again. Wayne Jacobsen Dannevirke
31/01/2018 by Wayne
Brought online and delivered to rural address in Southland.
Communication was great via email and eggs arrived a day before they said they would be due, which was great. they were very well packed and the instruction I received made for a very successful hatching rate. Very happy with purchase and would happily buy from this company again. Excellent
28/01/2018 by Teresa
Appletons Westons feed is excellent. My chicks are growing fast on the chick crumble! The service is really good too.
27/01/2018 by Louisa
Have previously had a fencing system in my inner city yard that I had to move around. Now that I have my three chickens in an Eglu Go Up, life for me and the hens is far easier. They seem more content (possible because they feel more secure?) and are much easier to wrangle. Cleaning takes a fraction of the time, and the unit looks tidier. I can regularly give them access to fresh grass just by wheeling the unit a couple of metres along. Very pleased with the whole thing.
Great delivery service too, thanks
25/01/2018 by Billie
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