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.
The second fence went up much more quickly than the first....but not too much drama if you follow the instruction booklet carefully. The fences work well, with nil escapee's and are more suited to stone free ground.
While not causing an issue, there was a fault with the mesh diameter on one fence, which has 3 small squares 30mm or so about the middle then expanding approx. half way along to all 50mm squares, this led to a spare square at the top for half the fence, giving rise to several comments about reading instructions akin to map reading. Good product and great service as is the norm with Appletons.
22/10/2019 by Guest
Great product for rearing our turkey poults, they seem to do really well with it.
Easy website to use, fast delivery.
Very happy with the service.
20/10/2019 by Guest
Great Omlet Cube chook house. My chickens are so, so happy. It was my biggest DIY project yet and I was so proud once I had finished it all. Fionna was brilliant.
15/10/2019 by Guest
Great product, great service, fast delivery. Thank you so much
13/10/2019 by Guest
Very happy with this product. I prefer it to the Chookateria feeder as the oldest feed gets eaten first so you don't get a build up of stale food. My small flock have adapted to it easily. Set on the lightest setting, even my two little pekin bantams can operate it.
I do wish I'd have got the smaller one though - for my flock of 6 small to medium chickens, the 8kg seems a bit big. Maybe a good excuse to get some more chickens! And great customer service, as always.
11/10/2019 by Katie
So fast! Here already and beautifully packed. Only ordered yesterday. Thank you. Now I can get the chooks. Maggie
10/10/2019 by Guest
Love Appletons for all my chicken needs they're super helpful and friendly and nothing is too much trouble, shopping is always fast and the process of placing orders is always very easy and no stress. I won't shop anywhere else!
10/10/2019 by Guest
Very happy with my purchase of the medium to large egg skelter. It fits the large eggs perfectly and was delivered quickly. Thanks very much for the great service
09/10/2019 by Guest
I am so impressed with Appletons. They are so helpful on the phone. The shipping is super fast. The fertile eggs I have bought are huge and 100% fertile. Thanks guys. Keep up the tip top service.
06/10/2019 by Lulu
Thanks for the easy purchase of the egg cartons!! Prompt delivery!!! Will definitely be doing further business!! Very happy customer!! Thanks heaps!! 🐔🐔🐔
05/10/2019 by Guest
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