ANIMALS

Horses

We have a lot of horses on the farm

Madge, Tinkerbell and Tommy

Madge in training 

   Tommy

Tommy

Tinkerbell

Boris

 Winston

Jersey Cows and Milking

Our Jersey cows are very friendly

Until recently they provided the milk that we used to turn into ice cream. 2020 changed a lot of things and it led to us discontinuing milking and ice cream but we still have our Jersey cows on the farm and they are still very friendly and happy to greet  visitors.

Jersey calves are the cutest animal on the farm

The cows know their way round the farm

Milking was hard work but good fun

Sheep and Lambing

Our sheep lamb in the barn and then as the lambs get bigger and stronger and the weather warms up a little bit they spend more and more time outside until eventually they live outside full time

Our sheep and lambs are all very friendly and very happy to meet visitors.  Particularly if they have a bucket of food

The numbers on the sheep and lambs refer to the order in which the lambs are born:  the first ewe to lamb gets sprayed with a number 1 and so do her lambs.  The second ewe to lamb gets a number 2 and so do her lambs and so on until we are finished

If all goes to plan lambing takes about two weeks but with all the sleepless nights it feels like it lasts a lot longer

The lambs grow very quickly and by the time the farm closes in September they will be as big as their mums

February and March means lambing time on the farm

Hereford Cows

Honeysuckle Farm is home to a herd of Hereford cows

You can feed the cows from platforms around the farm

The Hereford cows calve between Christmas and March

The cows spend winter in the barn but love spending summer out in the fields

The Herford bull is a lot bigger than the cows

Pigs

The pigs live in their pigsty (where else would they be?)

They are friendly.  But smelly

Donkeys & Mules

Georgeina the donley and Jack the mule live on the farm

They spend a lot of time out in their paddock but come in if the weather is bad as they really hate the rain and getting wet

Goats

We have lots of greedy goats on the farm and kids are born every year

They are all extremely friendly and love to meet people especially if the people have a bucket of animal food with them

Most of the goats you see have been born on the farm and know all the best spots to wait to get food from people

Some of them may look like they have their heads stuck but don't worry it is very rare they get stuck.  They are just waiting for food

Small Animals

At Honeysuckle Farm we have always kept small animals as pets.  In fact for decades before we opened to the public we had rabbits, guinea pigs, chipmunks and ferrets

Chipmunks

These are fun little creatures and live in an enclosure near the horse and cart ride

They move really fast and are very friendly little creatures.  So much so that they often jump on our heads when we go in their pen to feed them and clean them out

Ferrets

Ferrets make the best pets of any small animal

Don't believe the myths about these creatures.  In truth they are very clean and friendly and make brilliant pets when handled correctly

The only problem with ferrets is that they are very lazy and sleep for around 20 hours a day

Rabbits 

We have a lot of happy bunnies on the farm

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