About Us

It all started with an egg

Appletons specialize in everything CHICKEN and more from incubation to point of lay. If thinking of keeping chickens and not sure where to start talk to us we can set you up with everything you need to keep chooks in your backyard. We specialize in premium poultry and animal housing - quality, pre-made, pre-assembled kitsets being our speciality. We have a fantastic range of poultry supplies both on-line and in-store and stock everything from incubators and brooding equipment to feeders, drinkers, healthcare products and premium poultry feed. If looking for layers we stock the prolific brown shavers. Here at Appletons our dedication to preserving the heritage breeds has grown and we are working hard to improve and keep these breeds going for future generations. We also stock rabbit and small animal housing, rabbit supplies and breed the beautiful flemish giant rabbits.

We are delighted to be in partnership with Omlet UK. They designed a revolutionary new chicken house which made it simpler to keep chickens in gardens. It looked rather like an igloo and in a moment of punning genius that would define the next generation of chicken keepers, they named it the Eglu and an icon was born. Since then Omlet’s designs have delighted thousands of pets and their owners around the world through their uncompromising attention to detail and innovative ideas. Omlet re-imagines the way we live with and look after our pets to bring us closer together. Omlet design rabbit hutches which allow rabbits to express their natural behaviour, Eglu chicken coops keep our chickens safe and the Fido Studio and Qute mouse house which looks great in any living room, kitchen or bedroom bringing our pets into the heart of the house. And now new to their range is the Zippi Rabbit Tunnel System, Runs & Playpens offering everything your pet rabbit or guinea pig needs to feel safe, secure and adventurous. 

Everyone at Appletons is committed to providing you and your pets with fantastic products and top quality service because you are just as important to us as we know your chooks and pets are to you. We’d love to hear from you so send an email to info@chooks.co.nz with feedback, questions or suggestions.

Your No.1 Supplier of Premium Animal Housing and Poultry Supplies in NZ

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"Thank you very much.

For all those out there contemplating the delight of keeping a few chooks.

Appletons is THE place to start. Nothing but friendly and helpful advice from the first phone call until the last egg.

The Ultimate Coop on Wheels seemed a little costly when I saw it on their website but I can promise you it is not. All the little problems that I recall from an A Frame house years ago, have all been designed out. This coop is built like the proverbial Outhouse and will be in service for years to come. It all goes together faster than Lego Bricks and just as easy. Did the whole thing from start to finish in an hour, thereabouts, with various tea breaks to admire my fine work!

Once we had the coop set up the chickens arrived. The box the ladies turned up in was a work of art in itself. Complete with a little drinker and food for their journey. I have been less well looked after by Air New Zealand.

Fionna and Gordon will answer any and all of your questions. Give them a call."

Richard, Dunedin