These silly clowns are comical to watch with their 'one brain many bodies' mentality!
We adore our guinea fowl. They make us laugh and they make us cry. Sometimes they seem to be smart and other times they are just plain stupid! They work on a one brain many bodies mentality: so where one goes the rest follow but that one leader is forever changing...getting confusing...well that is guinea fowl for you!
They are essentially grazers and constantly roam looking for bugs, insects and nipping off greens and seed heads. They are not big scratchers like chooks so the lawn stays intact yet if they come across a dusty dirt spot they relish a dust bath. During the non breeding season they mass together and live as a group of males and females. In spring they will pair of in twos or small groups and hang out romantically on our front lawn and in our paddocks all breeding season. They are a delight to watch. The hens will all lay in the same nest/s and if the eggs are not secretly removed will go broody and sit on sometimes up to 40 eggs. They are dedicated broodies but useless mothers. I think they have good intensions but the keets are just not strong enough to cope with the cold, damp and the distances traversed. So keets are best raised in brooder boxes and released back to free range when old enough. We keep both the pearl grey and lavender varieties and have pied in both colours. They are prolific layers of small hard shelled eggs with a round and a pointy end. The hens lay from September to March. Guinea fowl also make an excellent table bird; succulent and tender, similar to eating a gamebird. Guinea fowl are native to Africa. They are often used for tick control. They are low maintenance, hardy birds to keep and do best free range.
Fast delivery and the red spider mite /virus/bacteria control solution they sell is extremely effective at keeping the red mites chookies suffer with at bay, very impressive stuff. It is the only thing I have found that actually works.No more itchiness for me after I have been in the roosting areas, highly recommend Appletons Poultry Safeguard, it works very well.
10/12/2019 by Guest
Another hassle free shopping experience. Love the quality of your products. Thanks!
10/12/2019 by Leonie
Thanks Fiona for an amazing experience today! You folks went well above and beyond expectations with my education on care, premium product and went so far as to provided chickens when the other supplier fell through. The fadge of sawdust was the right choice over my old hay habbits. This level of service and enthusiasm is hard to find at the best of times. The pullets are settling in and exploring their new kingdom. Until next time...
03/12/2019 by Shane
Living remotely makes buying bulky items a bit of a pain - logistically speaking. But no such worries with this purchase. Appleton's arranged everything with our local truck company and it got here NEXT DAY. Talk about amazing service!. And the product is A++ too - Clean, dust free, and storing the fadge is MUCH easier than storing smaller plastic bales. Will definitely buy this again. Thanks Appletons!
25/11/2019 by Bronwyn
Very happy with my purchase and very speedy delivery thanks.
24/11/2019 by Guest
Great range of products that are reasonably priced. Super speedy delivery.
19/11/2019 by Guest
just bought our second appletons chicken house and once again good delivery easy to put together and perfect for our needs. our first coop we bought 8-10 years ago and is still is top condition very pleased with it
thank you appletons
18/11/2019 by Guest
We got our chickens from Appletons and order their pellets, grit and wood chips from them also. Always good service and very helpful
18/11/2019 by Guest
I received my hens new easy care drinker the day after I placed the order.
I am pleased with the drinker and the service was amazing. Thank you.
17/11/2019 by Guest
Our Guinea Pigs are loving their new outdoor cage. Prompt delivery. Took a bit to put it together but it looks great and the quality is excellent. It will last for some time which is what we wanted.
15/11/2019 by Gaylene
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