Our white silkie girls are a comical delight with their boffie hair doos and matching fluffy jump suits!
Unlike all other normal chickens this unusual bird has dark purple skin, five toes, fur-like feathering, top knot and cannot fly. This purple skin is due to the melanotic gene which results in not only their skin but also their bones being black (purple). Their fur-like feathering is not good at retaining heat or providing waterproofing in the same way as ordinary feathers so the silkie tries to avoid getting wet. Silkies are therefore best housed where they have access dry, draught free accommodation. The silkie is thought to have originated in China many centuries ago. It makes the perfect backyard pet, gentle and calm, and is considered more ornamental than kept for its laying abilities. These hens make the best ever broodies and are often kept just to hatch out chicks and mother them. They do not mix well with other birds and prefers their own breed as company. However, if raised alongside pekin bantams, will happily live alongside them. The silkie although small in build is actually a light breed and not a bantam. Here at Appletons we keep only the White Chinese Silkies, the lovely lady in the photo is from one of our coloured silkie lines that we no longer keep.
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
Thrilled that I could find and buy what I was looking for and loved that I could have it posted overseas to Australia. Chick mat arrived the week the chicks were due to hatch and could really see it's usefulness when they were hatching and they now all have really straight toes :-) Drip waterer took them a few days to get the hang but works a treat now. Thank you Appleton for your products and service. Caroline
25/03/2017 by Caroline
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