Outside Farm Animals

Farm Animals

We have many farm animals like: Cattle, sheep, pygmy goats, deer, pigs, horses, donkeys, rhea, lamas, wallabys, ornamental chickens, and guinea fowl.

Our pond also has a variety of ducks and geese and attracts a lot of other wildlife.

New animals arrive every so often, and we will keep you posted in the news section.

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Lamas

The species ‘Lama’ include the types – llama, alpaca, guanaco and vicuna. They are related to camels and are used as pack animals. They have two-toed feet with toenails on the top and pads on the bottom

Pigs

There can be between 10 and 12 piglets in a litter. Piglets always feed from the same teat! Pigs roll in the mud to keep cool. They have a very good sense of smell

Deer

Fallow Deer
These deer are fawn and white in colour. They have broad palmed antlers (like the palm of a hand), which are shed in the late spring

Red Deer
Red deer antlers are made of keratin (like fingernails), which are shed in the late spring. Young are born in June/July and their coat is spotted to help them hide in the grass.

Donkeys

The females carry their foals just over a year! A male donkey crossed with a pony gives a Mule. A female donkey crossed with a pony gives a Hinnie

Ponies

Horses are measured in hands – the size of an adult hand – from their hoof to their shoulders. Ponies are breeds of small horses not higher than 14 ½ hands

Goats

Goats’ horns are hollow inside. They live in herds and are raised for milk, flesh, hair and wool. Cashmere comes from a Cashmere goat and mohair from an Angora goat

Sheep

There are over 200 breeds of sheep. Sheep can be farmed to produce milk, yoghurt, cheese and lanolin (a fat used in ointments and hand creams) as well as wool

Cattle

Cattle have four stomachs. Calves only use one when being milk fed. Cows can produce up to 11.5 litres of milk a day! It takes 22 litres of milk to produce 1kg of butter

Chickens

The fleshy crest on their head is called a comb and a fleshy hanging skin under their beak is a wattle

Turkeys

They have distinctive red flaps over and under their beak called ‘combs’

Geese

Their webbed feet act as paddles. Geese fly in a ‘V’ formation in large numbers during migration. They defend their territory by hissing and flapping their wings to scare predators.

Ducks

Within one hour of hatching a duckling can see, walk, swim and feed. Their webbed feet act as paddles. There are two types of duck – divers and dabblers! Divers feed underwater while dabblers feed at the surface.

Rhea

Rhea are flightless birds from South America. The male rhea builds the nest and incubates the eggs from a number of females. They spread their wings out and catch the wind to run faster

Prairie Dogs

They are a type of ground squirrel originally from North America. We have black tailed prairie dogs at the park and their enclosure is called “The Prairie Dog Pyramid”.

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