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.
I ordered a second lot of chicken fencing and it arrived very quickly and we were kept up to date with its progress all the way. A great product.
19/07/2019 by Phillippa
Have come to expect Appletons very efficient service for their top class products and the step on chook feeder I just purchased was no exception. It's saved me a lot of work and my Barred Plymouth Rock chickens learned to use it extremely quickly.
18/07/2019 by Guest
Wonderful purchase!! My 2 Flemish giant rabbits love to use the two boxes as make-shift burrows, sleeping, eating hay and hanging out in them! Very spacious, sturdy and high quality! 5/5 stars
09/07/2019 by Guest
Fantastic Chicken run - easy to put together. Communication great. Highly Recommend
08/07/2019 by Guest
The Wood Shavings are good value for a big bag - they smell great, and are very absorbent. Layer pellets - our 6 chooks are each laying an egg daily; they are thick-shelled and taste great, so their diet must be good.
07/07/2019 by Guest
Not an easy system to get the hang of initially but taking a careful approach avoids mistakes and misinterpretations. It looks at this stage as if carefully looked after it could last long enough to cover the cost. Very happy with the solution to the need for a mobile pen at this stage. Thank you
03/07/2019 by Guest
Excellent Product Excellent Service.
I have given up with 'make-shift' fences and decided to purchase an Eglu Waffle Fence which is a high quality easy to assemble product.
02/07/2019 by Guest
Just wanted say a big thank you; my partner and our neighbour put the new henhouse together today and were super happy with the ease of assembly. They say the quality is really good; our chooks will be stoked!
27/06/2019 by Michelle
The wheelbarrow henhouse we recently acquired is perfect for Dad’s 3 hens. The hens adapted to it very well, and being able to easily move it around has made it much easier for Dad, who is now in his 90s,to care for his hens and collect their eggs. We are delighted with it and gladly recommend it to others. Lindy.
24/06/2019 by Guest
Excellent service. Very helpful and great to be able to pick up pellets in Stoke as I live in Nelson City.
10/06/2019 by Guest
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