We love these ducks; real characters, know their own minds, not at all shy and always up for a quack (chat!)
It is the most popular commercial duck breed in the United States and around 95% of duck meat consumed in the United States is Pekin duck. They are breed primarily for egg and meat production so if you are looking for the perfect dual-purpose breed look no further than the Pekin duck! The Pekins originated from the Mallards in China. Pekin hatchlings have bright yellow plumage with an orange bill, shanks, and feet. Fully mature adult Pekin ducks weigh between 3.6 and 5 kgs in captivity. Their average lifespan (if not eaten at an early age) is about 9 to 12 years. Their external feathers are white. They are gregarious characters and will usually group together with other ducks leading very social lives. An adult Pekin will lay an average of 200 eggs per year if it does not try to, or is prevented from, hatching them. They will lay their eggs in what they consider to be a safe place and will often lay where another duck has already laid. We set up our special duck nests (see our products) for our ducks and this gives them a communal place to lay that is dry and helps keep the eggs clean for easy collection. Pekin ducks are less "broody" than other ducks which means they will incubate eggs less frequently and they are more likely to abandon their nest before their eggs hatch. Pekin ducks, for the most part, are too heavy to get airborne which is a good thing especially if you want to keep them in one place like the orchard.
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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