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.
Thanks so much for your brilliant help and advice when purchasing our girls, who are incidentally, very happy in their apartment. Your knowledge was illuminating and we are very happy with the product and the service. Highly recommended!
25/06/2017 by Raelene
Both my chickens and I are rapt with this fencing. It was really easy to put up, the chickens are loving having some extra room and so far they haven't managed to escape!
21/06/2017 by Heather
The way business ought to run - with professionalism, order, respect and regard for the variety and quality of the offering and of course the lives of the animals.
At the same time it's about people, with eye-level communications, and always a word of advice if needed.
Thanks you for your continued service over the years. Keep on chooking.
21/06/2017 by Avner
Fantastic service super fast delivery.
16/06/2017 by Nikky
We have recently relocated to Palmerston North - only to find that our neighbour has a lovely (but very naughty) Fox Terrier - who loves chasing cats! I was super worried for our cat Mascot as he had already had a doggy run in earlier this year (losing a few of his nine lives!) A quick search online and I found Appletons and the range of Omlets. Super easy to order, fabulous customer service, quick delivery, great packaging, easy to follow instructions...I could not ask more! Please follow the advice about putting the clips in warm water - it saves you from having sore paws! Mascot now has a bachelor pad the envy of the neighbourhood kitties. I have also ordered a small run for a friend who has an apartment - her kitty has indoor outdoor flow. Thank you so much for such a great product that not only keeps our pets safe, but provides huge peace of mind.
15/06/2017 by Adrienne
I ordered egg cartons about this time yesterday morning and they arrived less than 24 hours later, I would like to say Great Service and thanks very much.
15/06/2017 by Ashley
So glad I found you guys and the products are just as described and great helpful advice aswell. Fast delivery and great website. Will be definitely purchasing more from you :-) Many thanks Vanessa
12/06/2017 by Vanessa
Excellent service from point of order to delivery of products. Thanks Appletons for excellent service again and again.
08/06/2017 by Christine
Just letting u know my cat enclosure is awsum arrived in 3 days packing great. Product very well made easy to assemble looks awsum.Thanks heaps to you all at Appletons. Regards trish thorburn.
01/06/2017 by Trish
One of the best sellers I have encountered. Incredibly helpful with my order and even offered suggestions to ease my delivery difficulty. Products were excellent and service that went beyond the extra mile. People who really care and products that are high quality. Would happily trade with again was a pleasure.
24/05/2017 by Sonya
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