Other Farm Animals
We have a range of other animals on the farm.
Indian Runner Ducks
Indian Runner Ducks originate from the East Indies and, accurately named, run rather than waddle or fly. Only the females can quake, whilst the males are reduced to a hoarse whisper. As a domesticated waterfowl, Indian Runners can be used for starting very young dogs in their training. Beatix Potters' Jemima Puddle-Duck is based upon the Indian Runner.
Duke the Suffolk Punch
The Suffolk Punch is also listed as a critical breed. It is an English breed of draught horse, taking its name from the county of Suffolk, here in East Anglia. The name 'Punch' is from its solid appearance and strength. It is a heavy draught horse, which is always chestnut in colour, although the colour is traditionally spelled 'chesnut' by the breed registries. Suffolk Punches are known as good doers, and tend to have energetic gaits.
Dove the Fell Pony
The Fell pony is a versatile, working breed of mountain and moorland pony, originally bred on the fell farms of Northwest England. The Fell pony is noted for hardiness, agility, strength and sure-footedness.
The red squirrel is protected in most of Europe as numbers have decreased. They shed their coats twice a year, switching to a darker, thicker coat, in winter. They mate twice a year, usually in February/March and June/July. The average size of a litter is 3-4 kittens, but can be as large as 6. The gestation periods is 38-39 days. The nest of a squirrel is known as a drey and they live on average 3 years, although in captivity they have been known to live for 10 years.
Primarily kept as pets, Pygmy Goats were originally called the Cameroon Dwarf Goat, as they originated from the Cameroon Valley of West Africa. They are adaptable to most climates and exist mainly on greens and grains.