Our best selling drinker! This heavy-duty drinker holds just a little less than a whopping 20 litres of water - 19.8L to be exact!This drinker is not an auto drinker but listed here as holds a decent amount of water! Ideal for using in your chook run or poultry area. We have a few strategically placed around and the chooks, ducks, pheasant, peacocks and guinea fowl all use them. We just fill and leave and the chooks soon learn where the water source is. We rate this as our very best drinker! Benefits: Easy to rinse and refill. An ideal all-weather heavy-duty drinker that will last the distance. The beauty of the dark colour is that it stops light from getting in preventing green growth due to sun exposure that happens in most other drinkers. The water stays fresher for longer reducing any potential worm burden. Saves time. Dimensions: 34cm x 32cm by 32cm. NZ made of polyethylene with stainless steel wire handle. Rotationally moulded and hand-tooled. Does not have a machine finish. This drinker will impress both you and your chooks! How to Fill 💧💧💧 Tip drinker onto its back. Best to use a garden hose and push it into the opening and fill up until water overflows. Pull out hose and sit drinker back on its square base using the handle. Water should be visible in the trough all ready for chooks to enjoy a drink. How to Clean 🧽 Refresh water weekly. Keep an old kitchen brush handy and when required clean around mouth of the Best positioned in the shade in hot weather.
Our best selling auto feeder! Stop feeding the sparrows, rats and mice and keep your chicken feed clean 😊 Benefits: For chook keepers that keep 4 to 20 hens -however, the feeder will need to be topped up more regularly if you keep more hens. Remember an average laying hen eats app. 130 - 140g of layer pellets a day so the consumption vs when you need to fill it up can be calculated. Suitable for all standard sized birds (brown shavers and hylines), heavy breeds and some of the larger light breeds (leghorns). This brilliant step-on auto chicken feeder has a large capacity and holds approximately 12kg. Hens are foragers and do best eating little and often throughout the day so feed on demand works best. Reduces hierarchy in flocks ensuring all birds get enough feed which results in happy hens and better egg production. Vermin-proof: Keeps out rats, mice and sparrows ensuring your poultry feed is not contaminated. Keeps feed clean and helps to reduce the worm burden. Ideal for busy people that are not always home early in the morning and late afternoon to feed their hens and those of us that go away for weekends. Reduces feed wastage and saves money. Open feeders can lose up to 40% of feed to sparrows and other birds. NZ made - supporting local NZ business The unit is made from aluminium with alloy rivets, plated steel hinges, nuts and bolts so it keeps working in adverse weather. Includes our very own Appletons training instructions which are clear and easy to follow. Training is very important and not to be rushed or shortened. Chickens need to be POL (point of lay) 18+ weeks of age and older for training. Dimensions: App. 51cm (long) x 46cm (wide) x 22cm (height) What Size is Best? The large step on feeder or mini step on feeder?The large size is more suitable for a larger walk-in hen house especially if you plan to position the feeder inside the hen house or outside in the poultry run where there is plenty of space. The large step on is twice as wide as the mini and therefore offers more hens the opportunity to feed at once (+ it also holds more food.) The mini 6kg version is perfect for smaller flocks living in movable chicken coops where the footprint of the coop is small and space is a premium. Using two mini step on feeders in a larger flock (instead of one large one) can work well as two feeding stations can dissipate any possible dominance over the feeder by a bossy hen/s and also help when introducing new birds. "At one stage we were feeding all the neighbourhood sparrows, mice and rats and it was costing us a fortune. When we moved to these step-on feeders (now 16 years ago!) and got the chooks trained to use them our feed bill was considerably reduced and the feed now stays clean and is no longer contaminated with mouse/sparrow droppings. Plus our chook houses are also now free of sparrow droppings and easier to keep clean reducing risk from contamination like salmonella and other diseases carried by the wild birds and rodents. Definitely worth the investment. It will pay for itself in no time!" Please note this size feeder is not suitable for bantams, we do have the Appletons Bantam Step On Feeder for smaller sized birds. Our Appletons Mini Step On Feeder is identical to our Large Step On Feeder but only half the width - ideal if you have a smaller flock of 3 to 5 standard-sized hens and/or need to fit it in a small run/coop.
Our best selling coop cleaner. Red mites reproduce rapidly. These nasty bugs don’t live on your chickens but hide in the framework of your coop, perches and nest boxes, only coming out at night to feed on the blood of your birds. The result is they become stressed, suffering anaemia, reducing egg production and even death if not treated. Red mites are also very difficult to control, so Appletons have developed Poultry Safeguard which dissolves mites on contact. It’s also a powerful disinfectant, killing bacteria, viruses and odour in coops.Appletons Poultry Safeguard is New Zealand made and best of all it is very economical. It is a concentrate which you mix with water as you need it - you get approximately 64 litres of maintenance solution from our 1-litre containers and as a mite treatment approximately 20 litres, and that makes it a lot more cost-effective when compared to other similar available products.Poultry Safeguard is a blend of high foaming surfactants, sequestrates and alkaline builders and quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) which effectively dissolves waxy accumulations and is effective against a range of microbes (including Avian Influenza Virus, Avian Infectious Bronchitis and Newcastle’s disease) and micro-organisms including bacteria, mildew, moulds and fungi. There is no egg withholding period which is great as you can let your hens back in to lay.The ultimate solution to a mite-free hen house. No other cleaner does the job better! Available in 500ml, 1L and 5L Concentrate bottles
$35.00 - $109.00
Premium feed for laying hens. A complete nutritional pellet for good quality egg production. Laying hens require a balance of protein, energy, minerals and vitamins to ensure optimum production of good size and number, yolk colour and strong shells. Good sized pellets. Perfect for bantams and light and heavy breeds. This is a high protein pellet with ruminant protein: contains blood and bone meal and blood meal. Feed out all year round to your laying hens. Analysis: 18% crude protein, 3% fat, 4% fibre, 2% salt We have moved over to Weston Free Range Layer Pellets from Peak Layer Pellets as this bag contains 1% more crude protein and is $1 cheaper than the Peak Layer Pellets. In every other way it is identical to Peak Layer. Your hens will be very happy on it. More protein is good for them and their egg production and a $1 savings is good on the pocket 😊 Weston Milling Stockfeed has the point of difference over most other brands as it is the only commercial poultry feed (here on the South Island) that contains quality ruminant proteins. We see the results in our poultry every day and it is good to hear the positive feedback from our customers once they start using Weston Premium Layer Pellets.Weston Free Range Layer Pellets is the feed we use (and recommend!) to get optimum production from our hens. MUST NOT BE FEED TO RUMINANTS "contains ruminant protein" Yes, we can courierPlease note all our 25kg bags are sent out in large heavy-duty plastic bags 😊 Please re-cycle these where you can ♻️
$29.00 - $42.00
If you are looking for some netting to fence in your chickens, this is a great choice. This handy fencing blends into your garden and is available as a 12, 21, 32 & 42 metre roll and is very easy to put up and move about. It can be used to keep your chickens within an area, giving them more space to roam or, of course, out of a part of your garden.
$209.00 - $459.00
For long-lasting residual control of red mite and other external parasites in poultry housing. Dust on perches and in nesting areas in poultry houses. The mites will crawl through the powder to get to the birds. The powder scratches the red mites waxy outer covering of their exoskeletons causing them to slowly dehydrate and die. This product is 100% natural, DE based and can be used safely in organic systems. There is no withholding period for meat or eggs. We recommend first sanitising the hen house with Poultry Safeguard Concentrate or Smite Concentrate or Poultry Shield and when surfaces are dry apply the Appletons De-Mite Powder. Use hand application (wear a glove!) or our handy powder applicator and sprinkle/rub on perches and in nest box bedding. Apply to floor litter only if birds huddle/sleep on the floor at night. Dust Appletons De-Mite Powder into all the corners and timber joins around the house, perches, nest boxes. We apply weekly to our hen houses and coops to keep on top of the mites. Can also be used effectively in poultry dust bowls/baths to aid with external parasite control. For the control of red mites in your poultry houses, we recommend using Appletons De-Mite Powder. Available in 350g, 1kg and 5kg.
$22.00 - $95.00
Very effective organic treatment for poultry scaly leg mite. This treatment is totally organic. A mixture of Cotton Seed Oil and Eucalyptus. Instructions.Spray oil on legs, avoiding the feathers. Saturate the affected areas. "Scaly Leg Spray" works by suffocation. A good poultry leg spray should be applied twice a week (every 4 to 6 days) to the feet and legs for four treatments. Cleanliness and sanitary measures around the chicken coop are in order because the mites can live for long periods in cracks and crevices without feed and water. Please keep bottle at room temperature and best used when contents is warm. If too cold the liquid will not move through the sprayer. Do Your Chickens Have Scaly Leg Mite?Scaly legs on chickens are caused by a parasitic mite (Knemidocoptes mutans) that burrow under the scales on the chicken's legs. The damaged tissue weeps, which is what these mites feed on. Signs and Symptoms. Raised scales on the legs. Crusty legs. Lameness (severe cases). Can also be found on the comb and wattles. In the early stages of the infection, the chicken will have mild irritation. It takes several months of infection before the scales on the legs start to lift. Repeat application is recommended. You should treat all of your birds even if only one bird has scaly legs, as scaly leg mite is very contagious and it is highly likely that all of your birds will have the mite.Scaly foot is a bird ailment that is common among caged birds and also affects many other bird species. It is caused by mites in the genus Knemidocoptes which burrow into the bird's flesh. The tunnels made by the mites within the skin cause dermatitis and scaly lesions. Scaly face is caused by the same mite responsible for scaly foot and other related mites cause depluming. The condition is transmitted from one bird to another by direct prolonged contact.
Identification or chicken bling! A must for identifying your hens or for marking different ages in your flock. We have found these spiral leg bands the best style of leg bands to use for easy identification of poultry plus they STAY ON! Height is 8mm and the inside dimension is 16mm. All edges smooth. Sold individually and available in blue, green, red and yellow. At Appletons we use and recommend the spiral leg rings as they stay on the birds, unlike other clip-on types. The 16mm size fits the medium-sized commercial hybrids: brown shaver and hyline brown and some heritage breed hens.Please ensure the leg bands are not tight and fit comfortably around your hen's leg.
$1.00 - $4.00
Very effective for treating poultry lice. Used with great results in poultry circles as a reliable treatment for most internal and external parasites. Effective on external parasites ie: lice and scaly leg mite but will also kill any red mites that try to suck off your chicken. This is long-lasting endectocide and applied directly to the skin of the bird. It is approved for use on other farm animals but has not been officially approved for use on poultry hence the recommended 14-day withholding period for eggs and meat. This little bottle will treat a good number of birds. (Approximately 100 treatments if applied correctly.) Now available in a dropper bottle with nozzle and cap for handy dosing. Helpful Notes.What are you treating your birds for? Worms? If you are treating for internal parasites we recommend following up treatment within the prepatent period of the particular worm you are treating for. We have a great blog on worming which you may find helpful. (link below) If your hens are laying best to use a product that has no withholding period like Flubenol.Lice?If you are treating for external parasites: eg. lice then we recommend a one off treatment is usually only necessary. We also advise checking again after a couple weeks to make sure the louse infestation has gone. If not - then best to repeat. We generally inspect (physical health check) our birds 2 to 4 times a year (usually when the seasons change) and treat them accordingly for lice. We find the pour on drench works brilliantly for lice control. Please note this is a liquid and we cannot slip it into a courier satchel - it needs to be sent in a box.
This worming treatment has no egg withholding period. Best Before Date 08/2027 Flubenol™ 5% contains flubendazole, a broad-spectrum anthelmintic with high efficacy against all gastrointestinal worm species that commonly occur in poultry. It is effective against roundworms (Ascaridia galli, Heterakis gallinarum, Capillaria spp., Amidostomum anseris and Trichostrongylus tenuis), gapeworm (Syngamus trachea) and tapeworms (Raillietina sp.). Its safety profile allows a safe and secure use in most poultry species, including the breeding stock. Flubenol is a tasteless powder which is added to dry feed. Dosage for Poultry. Dosage rate: To treat your flock mix the powder thoroughly into the feed and feed it out for seven consecutive days. It needs to be thoroughly mixed through the pellets or crumble do not just sprinkle on top. To treat a large flock (22-25 hens) mix 15g (3 teaspoons) into 21.5kg feed for chickens and geese or for a smaller flock (7-8 hens) 5g (one teaspoon) per 7kg feed. (please check recommended daily ration on your feed bag to work out exact amount). To treat pheasants and partridge mix 15g (3 teaspoons) in with 11kg feed. To treat turkeys mix 15g (3 teaspoons) in with 32kg feed. To work out the dosage 1 x standard sized laying hen eat 130g of layer pellets per day.Mix the required amount of feed to be consumed over the week for your birds and on the 8th day remove what is left replacing it with fresh unmedicated feed.In case of infestation with tapeworm, double the dose for seven consecutive days.The good news is there is no withholding period for eggs and meat for poultry. Symptoms following overdosing: Flubenol 5% is non-toxic; even considerable overdosing does not produce side effects. In poultry, even three times the highest dose for seven days had no negative effects on egg production, egg quality, hatching results and growth of offspring.Treatment with Flubenol can only be effective if the hygiene of pig pens and poultry housing is observed. Available in a 600g tub and in smaller sachets for treating smaller flocks. Treatment for Pigs. Flubenol is effective against the mature and immature larvae and eggs of the following species of worm: Large Roundworm, Red Stomach Worm, Nodular Worm Lungworm, Threadworm and Whipworm. Individual treatment: (Single administration).Add 1 g of Flubenol for each 10 kg bodyweight onto the finished feed. (This is equivalent to 5 mg of flubendazole per one kg bodyweight). One 13 g measuring spoon treats one 130 kg sow. An easy way of administering the dose is to add it to a buttered bread roll and feed it to your pig. Treat twice a year unless recommended otherwise by your veterinary surgeon. Pigs brought onto the premises should be treated on arrival and before mixing with other animals. Animals must not be slaughtered for human consumption within 7 days of treatment.
$24.95 - $119.00
It's good practice to worm your hens regularly. Monitoring your chooks droppings is one way to keep track of their general health. If you see signs of worms in their faecal matter we recommend worming your poultry. Active Ingredient: Levamisole Hydrochloride 24% w/v as an aqueous solutionEffective treat for worms for Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Cage Birds and Pigeons Aviverm™ is an anthelmintic which provides simultaneous treatment of immature and adult stages of the three most important intestinal worms: Ascaridia (roundworm; Capillaria (hairworm); Heterakis (cecal worm) Easy to use ONE dose treatment to expel mature and immature roundworms. A ready to pour liquid concentrate that makes a clear solution in their drinking water. Simple to use - just to add to your chooks drinking water at a rate of 1 ml per 9 kg of body weight. If you have 3 x hens in your flock, only 1 ml of Aviverm is required to treat them all. 1 ml added to 1 litre of water (based on approximately 300mls per hen per day) should be all they need for about 8 hours. A follow up treatment 5 to 7 days later is important, as this will get any eggs that have hatched & break the worms breeding cycle. It is recommended to remove all drinking water from your flock a couple of hours prior (or the night before) to giving them the Aviverm treated water, this way your hens will all get a good even dose. Make sure there is no other drinking water present before or during treatment. Palatable to birds of all ages. Worm-free birds means higher egg production, faster growth rate, reduced mortality, better feed conversion and all round good health. Withholding period for eating eggs or birds produced for meat is 7 days after treatment! Full instructions on the bottlePLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USE. For more info please click here.
Quality feed for chicks from one day old up to point of lay. High protein and energy levels designed to ensure strong growth rate and feather development. Good-sized textured crumble. This is a high protein chick crumble with ruminant protein - blood and bone meal and blood meal. Contains a coccidiostat at low levels as an aid in the prevention of coccidiosis. The chick crumble is ideal to feed out to cobb meat chicks. There is no withholding period for broiler chickens (meat birds) for coccidiostat in the crumble diet or you can switch over to Weston Game Bird Crumble. Analysis: 19% crude protein, 5% fat, 6% fibre, 2% salt Weston Stockfeed has the point of difference over most other brands as it is the only commercial poultry feed (here on the South Island) that contains quality ruminant proteins. We see the results in our poultry every day and it is good to hear the positive feedback from our customers once they start using Weston Milling poultry feed. MUST NOT BE FEED TO RUMINANTS "contains ruminant protein" Yes, we can courier Please note all our 25kg bags are sent out in large heavy-duty plastic bags 😊 Please re-cycle these where you can ♻️
$26.00 - $46.00
Reap the benefits of using untreated wood shavings. Also ideal for raising chicks and in nest boxes. We recommend the use of wood shavings in a deep litter bed system. Shavings are better than wood chip or sawdust as shavings offer nice curls of timber rather than dust or chips. Deep litter is a term used to describe the floor of a chook house where loose dry material (wood shavings) are used. If mixed with chicken manure and additional dry litter as required, deep litter will not need removing for 6 to 12 months. If looked after, deep litter has no smell and ends up as beautiful compost (with no added weeds!) We do not recommend the use of hay or straw in a deep bed litter system. It is not as effective as wood shavings in absorbing moisture and carries possible mould and fungi spores which can affect the respiratory health of pets (and humans!) Available in 4 sizes: small box size (courier), regular large bag (pick up or ship) 420L bale (courier), or bulk fadge (pick up or ship) Small Box - App. 40L(Courier Size)Top-quality, 100% NZ Produced Natural Pine Shavings. Super absorbent and odour reducing. Ideal choice for your pets bedding and litter trays. Kiln-dried to provide a dry and soft environment. Screened to remove dust and small particles with the health of your pet in mind. No chemicals or additives. Compressed into box. Earth-friendly, eco-packaging – no plastic!Dimensions: 31cmx31cmx27cm Large, Regular White Bag(Pick Up or Ship)These are locally sourced from untreated timbers and can vary from pinus radiata (pine shavings) to macrocarpa or douglas fir. They can sometimes be slightly damp as most timber needs to be wet when cut. At times can be drier and finer in size. It all depends on what is readily available. Dimensions: app. 40cmx40cmx80cm 420L Bale (Courier Size)Top-quality, 100% NZ Produced Natural Pine Shavings. Ideal for dairy, equestrian and poultry requirements. Super absorbent and odour reducing they are the ideal choice for your pets bedding and litter trays Kiln-dried to provide a warm, dry and soft environment. Compressed (4x1 Approx) Screened to remove dust and small particles with the health of your pet in mind. No chemicals or additives.Dimensions: app. 45cmx45cmx60cm Fadge (Pick Up or Ship)A Fadge weights app. 100 kgs and is made up of 100% NZ produced compressed pine wood shavings (4:1 Approx) Holds 2 cubic metres before pressing and equals about 10 of our regular white bags. The wood shavings in the fadges have been screened before pressing to minimise dust and are untreated kiln-dried and 98% dust-free. Please check we have them in stock prior to ordering. The fadge is available for pick up or we can ship with Mainfreight. Too large to courier.
$10.00 - $162.00
Bouncy Rubber Egg (Single). Perfect for the chicken lover who has everything! This false egg can be used for throwing, juggling and 'cracking' practical jokes. It is also useful for encouraging your chickens to lay their eggs in a particular place. Just be careful not to mix them up with the real things as they don't take too kindly to being boiled! Same weight as real eggs too - app 60 grams per egg. Sold individually. Keep 2 to 3 fake eggs in the nest box to encourage your hens where to lay.We recommending investing in a few fake eggs. Very handy to have for a few reasons! We place them in the laying boxes when pullets are POL (point of lay) to encourage them to lay in the nest boxes. Hens will go and lay where there is usually an egg or two so having a pair of fake eggs permanently in the nest box/es is a good idea. Collect the fresh eggs daily and leave the fake eggs as an indicator to your hens. Slipping some wooden eggs under a broody hen to keep her sitting is another reason to have a pair...and fake eggs are solid so cannot be pecked at...collect fresh eggs often to reduce the risk of hens eating eggs.
A Natural Health Tonic for Fowls. It is natural pest control for worms and coccidiosis in poultry, bantams, chooks, chickens. No added colours, flavours or preservatives. A mixture of Liquid Molasses and fine Diatomaceous Earth (Non-toxic fossilized diatoms). 100% natural. Whilst not a treatment, regular use may assist in the control of worms and coccidiosis. Diamol is a blend of liquid molasses and diatomite carefully formulated in a special process which converts the molasses to a dry powder form for convenience. Available in a 250g jar. Dosage: Sprinkle one tablespoon onto 1kg of feed 3 times a week.
Regular cardboard 12 egg carton. 1 x Egg Carton holds 12 eggs. Sold singularly. 12 fit beautiful in a box - if you are looking for economical shipping.or30 fit beautiful in a box - if you are looking for economical shipping. Please note there can sometimes be very minor paper imperfections as a result of the manufacturing process.
If you’re lucky enough to have a constant supply of delicious eggs in your kitchen, this is the eggcessory for you! The Egg Skelter is the perfect way of keeping the hens’ hard work in date order, at room temperature and proudly on display!
Essential for hatching and rearing day old chicks. Chick Mat is essential if you are hatching in incubators or raising chicks in brooder boxes. We use chick mat in our brooder boxes for the first 3 to 5 days. It helps prevent splays and gives the day-olds a firm surface to grip. Perfect if you are hatching pheasant, partridge, guinea fowl and chickens. We also use chick mat in our incubators during the hatching stage to stop eggs rolling around during the hatch. Chick Mat comes in a square app. 900mm x 900mm in green or black and can cut to size. Can be washed, disinfected and re-used.
A protein-rich treat for chooks and other birds. Dried mealworms provide vital animal proteins to your poultry. Feed out no more than a handful per bird per day. Also, a great source of natural vitamins, minerals and key nutrients that birds and reptiles thrive on. Hens are definitely not vegetarian; they will go mad for this high-protein treat! It’s not just New Zealand’s wild birds that love mealworms – finches, canaries and other smaller species of aviary bird also love a tasty snack. Also pet reptiles love a dried worm to chew on. Provide some protein power to your pets. A great source of natural vitamins, minerals and key nutrients. All natural feed great for wild birds looking to feed their young. Enjoyed by a range of aviary and wild birds. Ingredients Dried mealworm. Nothing more, nothing less. Nutritional Analysis: Protein: 50%, Fat 25%, Fibre 8%, Moisture 10% Available in a 125g pouch or 500g pouch.
$16.95 - $49.95
2 x 6 egg cartons joined together. Dozen Carton made up of 2 x 6 egg cartons. For example: If wanting 10 x 6 egg cartons then please order 5 x half dozen cartons. Sold singularly in pairs. Please note there can sometimes be very minor paper imperfections as a result of the manufacturing process.
Handy powder shaker. Make dusting your hen house an easy chore with our powder applicator.Perfect for using with Appletons De-Mite Powder. Please remember to wear a face mask when cleaning your hen house and using your powder applicator.
Latest edition. The best reference book you can buy on keeping chickens. We highly recommend it! All you need to know from a New Zealand perspective on feeding, housing, health, breeding, layers and meat birds. It will answer all your questions on caring for your poultry and be a great reference book. Volume 2 now available.
Our recommended choice. These are full, natural size hens eggs. 70mm long x46mm in diameter. Painted over the wood for a very smooth finish and are most consistent to real eggs. Sold in pairs. These are the brood or fake eggs we like to use at Appletons. Keep a pair in the nest box to encourage your hens where to lay. We recommend investing in some false eggs. Very handy to have for a few reasons! We place them in the laying boxes when pullets are POL (point of lay) to encourage them to lay in the nest boxes. Hens will go and lay where there is usually an egg or two so having a pair of fake eggs permanently in the nest box/es is a good idea. Collect the fresh eggs daily and leave the fake eggs as an indicator to your hens. Slipping some wooden eggs under a broody hen to keep her sitting is another reason to have a pair...and fake eggs are solid so cannot be pecked at... collect fresh eggs often, to reduce the risk of hens eating eggs.
Best auto feeder for small spaces! If space is a premium in the chicken coop then this mini feeder is the one for you 😊 The best thing about the Appletons MINI Step On Feeder is that it takes up ONLY half the space of the Appletons Large Step On Feeder and does the same job. Benefits: For chook keepers with 3 to 4 hens. Remember an average laying hen eats app. 130 - 140g of layer pellets a day so the consumption vs when you need to fill it Suitable for all standard sized birds (brown shavers and hylines), heavy breeds and some larger light breeds (leghorns.) This brilliant step-on auto chicken feeder holds approximately 6kg. Hens are foragers and do best eating little and often throughout the day so feed on demand works best. Reduces hierarchy in flocks ensuring all birds get enough feed which results in happy hens and better egg production. Vermin-proof: Keeps out rats, mice and sparrows ensuring your poultry feed is not contaminated. Keeps feed clean and helps to reduce the worm burden. Ideal for busy people that are not always home early in the morning and late afternoon to feed their hens and those of us that go away for weekends. Reduces feed wastage and saves money. Open feeders can lose up to 40% of feed to sparrows and other birds. NZ made - supporting local NZ business The unit is made from aluminium with alloy rivets, plated steel hinges, nuts and bolts so it keeps working in adverse weather. Includes our very own Appletons training instructions which are clear and easy to follow. Training is very important and best not to be rushed or shortened. Chickens need to be POL (point of lay) 18+ weeks of age and older for training. Dimensions: app. 30cm (long) x 46cm (wide) x 22cm (height) (Height when fully open is 40cm) What Size is Best? The large step on feeder or mini step on feeder?The large size is more suitable for a larger walk-in hen house especially if you plan to position the feeder inside the hen house or outside in the poultry run where there is plenty of space. The large step on is twice as wide as the mini and therefore offers more hens the opportunity to feed at once (+ it also holds more food.) The mini 6kg version is perfect for smaller flocks living in movable chicken coops where the footprint of the coop is small and space is a premium. Using two mini step on feeders in a larger flock (instead of one large one) can work well as two feeding stations can dissipate any possible dominance over the feeder by a bossy hen/s and also help when introducing new birds. The perfect solution for those that keep 3 to 4 chooks in a mobile chicken coop like the Ultimate Coop on Wheels or the Eglu Cube Chicken Coop. "At one stage we were feeding all the neighbourhood sparrows, mice and rats and it was costing us a fortune. When we moved to these step-on feeders (now 16 years ago!) and got the chooks trained to use them our feed bill was considerably reduced and the feed now stays clean and is no longer contaminated with mouse/sparrow droppings. Plus our chook houses are also now free of sparrow droppings and easier to keep clean reducing risk from contamination like salmonella and other diseases carried by the wild birds and rodents. Definitely worth the investment. It will pay for itself in no time!" Fionna Appleton
Handy little drinker for hens and chicks. Simple and easy to use design. These can be mounted on the side of cage or brooder box. Drinking bottle 1L + drinking cup and bracket. Suitable for up to 3 adult chooks. This great system allows for the bottle to be filled from the outside of your coop. Easy to clean and maintain. Recommended 5 to 10 ‘Day-old’ chicks per drinker.
New season meadow hay - Cut and baled Christmas 22/New Year 23. Good quality and makes delicious rabbit and guinea pig feed. Available in a conventional size bale for pick up or easy 50L boxes for the courier. Organic and locally grown Natural source of essential fibre Clean, quality hay Plastic-free packaging Convenient and easy-to-store packaging Ensure your small pets are receiving sufficient fibre; supports digestive and dental health and keeps our bunnies and guinea pigs happy and healthy. If you're wanting a bale please visit our store to purchase. We have eftpos instore. Please note we do not fumigate our hay. It is cut and baled in the paddock and stored undercover in our hayshed. We box it on the day we send it. We take a slice from a bale and box it. It is fresh, quality hay tightly packed in a cardboard box. We do not have an exact weight - the volume of the box is app. 50L.
Perfect for feeding chickens of all ages. This size feeder is ideal if you have 3 to 4 hens or raising young birds on to point of lay. 3kg quality plastic feeder. Made from high-quality UV stabilised plastic for longer life. The suspension point incorporates a wing nut adjuster for feed flow. The trough also has segregations (anti-scratch fins) to reduce losses from birds flicking feed out sideways. Heavy galvanising on all metal parts. Best hung inside the hen house. This size feeder is perfect for chicks from 3+ weeks if you have the space in the brooder,Also perfect for feeding adult bantams where the run or coop is fully enclosed (invest in a Bantam Step On feeder if your bantams free-range) or for a mother hen with chicks. A mother hen is very good at scratching the feed to show the chicks what to do so the non-scratch fins prevent too much spillage of the crumble.
Suitable for all chicken breeds. 4 sizes to suit your requirements: 5kg, 8kg, 12kg and a 20kg capacity Benefits: The unique treadle operation of this feeder will ensure your poultry has all-day access to their favourite feed. No risk of injury with the unique treadle system which allows your poultry to walk on to the ramp which activates an inwards opening trap door, giving free access to their feed. The operating system is almost silent which will not spook extra timid poultry. The feeder can be operated by all poultry big and small from the smallest of bantams to the largest of heavy breeds. The adjustable weight of the pedal allows adjustments for birds as little as 250 grams to open, if this is too light, then simply adjust to one of the 5 different settings. Built from robust heavy gauge galvanised steel and mouse-proof. They will also work well to keep the sparrow and other wild birds out too. Please note trough and treadle are plastic and not rat proof. For best results, we recommend using this feeder undercover and out of the weather. Useful Info on Training Training takes approximately a week. We recommend not feeding the chooks anywhere else or out of any other feeders whilst in training so they learn to use their new feeder. Try placing a stone on the treadle for the first 3 or 4 days so they learn where the food is, then remove the weight and let them learn to stand on the treadle to expose the feed. They will quickly get the hang of it. To keep the best flow into the feed trough we recommend using a small even-sized pellet in these feeders like the Westons layer pellets. Dry mash due to its powdery consistency will require regular cleaning out to keep the flow moving. Do not use feeds that contains molasses, neither are they good for your hens they also clog the feeder ie : Chook Tucker. Please note the slot at the base of the hopper can be adjusted to regulate the flow of feed. We recommend letting your chooks empty it out regularly so the fine dust that builds up with both pellets and mash can be cleaned out. Dimensions (approximate) :5kg - 260mm wide x 400mm high x 480mm deep - including treadle8kg - 275mm wide x 470mm high x 480mm deep - including treadle12kg - 345mm wide x 495mm high x 480mm deep - including treadle20kg - 345mm wide x 660mm high x 480mm deep - including treadle The two smaller sizes are narrower across the front (26cm and 27.5cm) only allowing 1 hen to feed at a time. The two larger sizes are wider (both 34.5cm) which will allow 1 very large hen or two standard sized hens (brown shavers) to feed at the same time. Minor assembly required upon delivery.
$129.00 - $179.00
Birds learn quickly how to use this system. Ingenious design from Europe Side-mount Easy to set up by simply drilling an 8mm hole into the side of a bucket or bottle even PVC pipe. Suitable for low-pressure water supply only. Position at a height suitable for the average chicken in your flock or have some higher or lower if your flock is of mixed sizes. Birds quickly learn to use this system. Suitable for chickens approx 3 weeks old to full-grown adults. (Not day olds) Approx 3 to 4 hens maximum per nipple. Tips for training chooks onto nipples. The golden rule for teaching birds to use any type of new watering system like nipples is to remove all other sources of water! As long as they have what they are familiar with they will use it first and will never try something new. If their only choice is to drink from that new shiny metal thingy hanging under the pipe or bucket, it will only take one thirsty bird to try it and show everybody elsewhere to get a drink. To teach your birds to use the nipples, remember the golden rule - remove all other sources of water! When installing the new nipple system, simply gather your chooks around and show them by tapping the nipples with your fingers which cause water to leak. That will get their attention and they learn very quickly. We recommend 3-4 chooks per nipple.
Yes, we recommend giving shell grit to your hens! We feed out Weston Layer pellets to our laying birds and the soluble calcium levels in this commercial feed are adequate for eggs production with sound shells. However for those birds that are in enclosed runs and do not have access to large areas of free-range we provide shell grit separately. Shell grit has 3 benefits over the soluble limestone they add in the feed. The hard shell bits act as teeth in the gizzard to assist in grinding up the feed and aids digestion. The intake of calcium from the shells helps strengthen the shell of the chicken eggs. Plus trace elements from the sea will be beneficial to their diet At Appletons we fill a small pot planter (or an old pottery dish with a hole in it) secured by a wire stake in the ground (so the birds don't knock it over!) with our fine shell grit. Don't forget to line it with some weed mat to contain the grit so it does not all wash out! Available in a 2kg or a 5kg bag.
$8.00 - $18.00
Everything in one easy pack! Keeping your hen house clean is key to having happy, healthy hens. Select our starter pack or economy maintenance pack. Both packs contain the same products just different sizes. Appletons Poultry Safeguard Concentrate - The ultimate solution to a mite-free hen house. NZ Made. Very economical. No other cleaner does the job better! Appletons De-Mite Powder - For residual control of red mites on perches and in nesting areas in poultry housing, Organic. Pack of Face Protectors (5) - Yes it is a good idea to wear one when cleaning out your coop! Trigger Sprayer Bottle - For easy application. Starter Pack: 500ml Poultry SAFEguard Concentrate, 350g Appletons De-Mite Powder, Pack of Face Protectors (5), 1L Trigger Sprayer Bottle.Economy Pack: 1 Litre Poultry SAFEguard Concentrate, 1 kg Appletons De-Mite Powder, Pack of Fack Protectors (5), 2L Sprayer Bottle (brand can vary) How to Clean a Timber Hen HouseDepending on what system you use it should be done at least once or twice a year or more often if you have a red mite issue. We recommend every 4 to 12 weeks. Please wear a nose and mouth protector when undertaking this job due to all the fine dander and dust particles which could carry all sorts of nasty bacteria or fungi. We use a wide-mouthed shovel brush, pan, paint scraper and big plastic bin to clean our houses. Remove the bulk of litter using the shovel and then sweep out the rest with a brush and pan and then using a scrapper remove any necessary stubborn bits. Sweep out. Mix up Poultry Safeguard Concentrate to the correct dilution (see instructions on the bottle) and spray onto dry timbers. For residual red mite control, we recommend using Appletons De-Mite Powder in your hen house on a regular basis. If your hen house smells bad and is attracting flies then something is not working. A chook house should have no odour and be a sweet-smelling home for your chooks. How to Clean an Omlet Chicken CoopEmpty the dropping tray out regularly (daily if you prefer or weekly) and replace with a thin layer of fresh wood shavings. Once a month we recommend cleaning roosting bars and droppings tray with cleaning out the nest box. Washing the plastic trays and bars is recommended. This is a good time to check for red mite and other creepy crawlies! For residual control dust roosting bars, perch rails and nest box bedding with Appletons De-Mite Powder. Every 3 to 6 months we recommend giving your eglu a thorough clean from top to toe. We use a water blaster for this set on a wide-angle nozzle. Poultry Safeguard used at is maintenance dose works well. Please rinse well with potable water. Your Egu should look as good as new after its clean!
$76.00 - $112.00
Multi-purpose cleaner, sanitiser and odour neutraliser. Poultry Shield can be used for cleaning and sanitising all animal housing and equipment and for the treatment of red mites. A clean house means healthy, happy chickens. It removes build-up dirt, faecal and waxy deposits and removes the organic matter in which red mites live and breed. We find it to be very effective in the control of red mites in our hen houses and chicken coops. A revolutionary approach to controlling Red Mite in poultry. Environmentally friendly. 95% killed in 48 hours including eggs. No egg withholding period. Effective against bacteria, virus, yeast and fungi. Non-toxic. Can be used safely around your birds. Instructions: To make 1 litre of Poultry Shield add 200ml of Poultry Shield concentrate to 800ml water. To clean, sanitise and odour neutralise your coop: Remove old bedding and excess litter. Spray interior areas and equipment with Poultry Shield solution. Pay particular attention to the roof structure, joints, cracks, crevices and perches. Leave to soak for one hour and wash/brush clean if necessary. - Protect your water supply. Rinse out drinkers weekly with Poultry Shield solution. Very effective and can be used in organic production according to the UK verification but no approval has been sort for use in NZ organic systems.
Brilliant all-round liquid supplement for poultry. Mite Rescue Remedy is a liquid complementary feed designed to assist with the recovery of symptoms of a red mite attack such as lethargy and anaemia.Red Mite Rescue Remedy contains a spectrum of vitamins, chelated trace elements, iron and key minerals. contains key B group vitamins for skin and feathering; minerals like iron to aid replacing of red blood cells. Red mite attacks often causes anemia among flocks, the continual sucking of blood leaving hens lethargic and pale. contains Vitamin E and Selenium to boost their immune systems (and also the perfect tonic to solve a Wry Neck issue in poultry). contains proteins which are the essential building blocks to achieving good health Use during & after a red mite infestation. Help your hens bounce back to health with Poultry Mite Rescue Remedy. Instructions for useAdd to clean drinking water at 25ml per 5 litres for a period of 3-5 days. Contains (contents per litre) Vitamins: Vitamin A 1,000,000IU • Vitamin D3 40,000IU • Vitamin E 800mg • Vitamin C 10mg • Niacin 500mg • Vitamin B1 50mg • Vitamin B2 20mg • Vitamin B5 400mg • Vitamin B6 100mg • Vitamin B12 600mcg • Vitamin K3 50mg • Biotin 7mg Folic Acid 60mgTrace Elements: • Iron (Chelate) 500mg • Manganese (Chelate) 1,500mg • Zinc (Chelate) 1,500mg • Copper (Chelate) 500mg • Selenium (Selenite) 15mg • Cobalt 5mgAmino Acids: • Lysine HCL 1,000mg • DL Methionine 1,000mg Other Elements: Magnesium 500gm
$18.95 - $44.95
The ultimate toy for chickens. Following its huge success in the USA and the UK, The Chicken Swing is here in NZ, and it's ready to bring fun to all our feathered friends. Chicken toys don't get any better than this! Suitable for use in any chicken run. Chickens Love to Swing!All chicken keepers know that birds love to perch and they will hop on to anything they can lay their feet on to give them a good view of the world. The Chicken Swing is a great perch idea because it provides more than just a place to sit - it actually swings! The patented design allows chickens to pump the swing themselves, with no need for a friendly push from the owner. Shaped like a mailbox, with a corn-like texture for grip, the Chicken Swing allows chickens of all types and ages to torque the perch. Quite simply, your hens will be swinging themselves silly in no time. The Best Boredom Buster for Chickens Ideal for hanging in any chicken coop, enclosure or chicken run, The Chicken Swing is a great hen toy that will reduce boredom and keep your pets hentertained. They'll love being able to hop up as they please, stretch their wings and swing back and forth above their pals. Synchronised swinging is also very much acceptable, should your chickens decide to share their new toy. Made from safe quality parts that are built to last. The Chicken Swing is suitable for poultry of all ages and breeds. The Chicken Swing has a raised corn-like surface that is easy for hens to grip with their feet, ensuring they feel stable during play time. Installing and adjusting The Chicken Swing is easy with its secure, simple to attach, plastic rope buckles. Attach the optional cross member to the top of your chicken run to make The Chicken Swing even more sturdy and secure. Although it is best to introduce chickens to the swing when they are young, adults will soon get the hang of it too. Attach The Chicken Swing so it hangs close to the ground, and as your chicks or chickens get used to climbing on, increase the height. Eventually, you will want it hanging high enough so as not to be an obstacle to any hens on the ground. Perch measures 16.25" in length. The Chicken Swing is a fantastic accessory for every chicken keeping area, and you are sure to henjoy watching your pets in action as much as they enjoy using it. 10 Steps to Swing - Click here for 10 easy steps to help you get your chickens swinging!
Best automatic bantam step on feeder. Perfect auto feeder for all small poultry breeds: Bantams, Hamburghs, Campines, Lavender Araucanas and pheasant We have been so impressed with these Bantam Step On Feeders for feeding our smaller ladies. 😊 The Pekin Bantams took to them quickly (little birds with high IQ's!) and now 16 years on they are still the perfect auto feeder for our smaller breeds. We are saving on feed as the sparrows just don't get the opportunity to help themselves any longer. PLUS we have been using them in our pheasant flights and they have been working well with the ringnecks, ornamental pheasants and our smaller ornamental ducks. Benefits: Perfect for 3 to 6 bantam-sized chickens: this feeder will need to be topped up more regularly if you keep a larger number of hens. Suitable for all smaller sized fowl (Bantams, Hamburghs, Campines, Lavender Araucanas and pheasant) This brilliant step-on auto bantam feeder holds approximately 4kg. Hens are foragers and do best eating little and often throughout the day so feed on demand works best. Reduces hierarchy in flocks ensuring all birds get enough feed which results in happy hens and better egg production. Vermin-proof: Keeps out rats, mice and sparrows ensuring your poultry feed is not contaminated. Keeps feed clean and helps to reduce the worm burden. Ideal for busy people that are not always home early in the morning and late afternoon to feed their hens and those of us that go away for weekends. Reduces feed wastage and saves money. Open feeders can lose up to 40% of feed to sparrows and other birds. NZ made - supporting local NZ business The unit is made from aluminium with alloy rivets, plated steel hinges, nuts and bolts so it keeps working in adverse weather. Includes our very own Appletons training instructions which are clear and easy to follow. Training is very important and not to be rushed or shortened. Chickens need to be POL and older for training. Dimensions: Overall size of feeding unit is 390mm (width) x 160mm (height) x 320mm (depth).
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