Our muscovy patrol are the best bug control you could ask for!
They don’t quack so they go about their business pretty much silently. The muscovy drake makes a dry hissing sound and the hen a quiet trilling coo. The males are twice the size of the females. The drakes waddle around with great effort no wonder when you see the size of them. The males most distinctive features are a bare red face with a pronounced caruncle at the base of the bill and a low erectile crest of feathers. They are not faithful to one duck but like a whole bevy of lovely ladies! We recommend only keeping one drake with your ducks as the boys can get over keen. They have very social behaviour: meeting and greeting with lots of neck waving, low hissing and trills and tail wagging. They must have some great conversations! They are also great weed eaters and polish off any feed or scraps lying around. The females are petite and like the drakes have very sharp claws. Once the ducks are experienced sitters they make devoted mothers and raise the young exceptionally well teaching them all they need to know. One of our mums has just raised 18 ducklings all the way through to teenagehood. We gave her a gold medal for being so patient with that many kids!
The eggs make good eating and are great for baking sponges. The drakes make excellent table birds.
The meat is lean when compared to the fatty meat of mallard-derived ducks, its leanness and tenderness being often compared to veal. The carcass of a muscovy drake is also much heavier than most other domestic ducks, which makes it ideal for the dinner table. We have bred some beautiful colours blue, blue and white and splash.
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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