Cuckoo Farm

Open Farm Sunday June 13th 2010

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Open Farm Sunday success 2010

Our farm walk on 13th June Open Farm Sunday enabled visitors to see the turkeys hatching and growing.

We looked at the incubator and saw how it automatically turns the eggs and keeps them at the right temperature and humidity. Turkey chicks had just hatched so we had the chance to hold a chick.

Holding a newly hatched turkey chick. Turkey chicks hatching
Collecting turkey eggs

We saw the turkey breeding stock and even collected eggs.

We heard about using turkey saddles. Not for racing, but to protect the hens from over enthusiastic stags!

growing turkeys

We walked up to the field and saw the turkeys in small huts for brooding under heat lamps.

The bigger turkeys were off heat, living in a marquee. They go outside during the day later on.

We saw the sheep and the deer kept well out of the way and waited until the following day to produce the first 2010 fawns!

deer in the distance

Deer in the distance

fawn hiding in the grass

The pigs Madonna, Beyonce and Britney came for their food and a shower.

We finished off (after washing our hands), with tea and cakes.

Open Farm Sunday 2010

Open Farm Sunday at Cuckoo Farm on 13th June 2010 begins at 2.30pm with our farm walk.

Places are limited so please call 01780 722009 to book so we know how many to expect. We use foot dips so please wear suitable footwear.

Turkeys

Come and see the turkeys hatching and our poults. Breeding is all natural - no AI here and we have a variety of turkey breeds from Cambridge Bronze and Norfolk Black to the splendid Pied Crollwitzer.

Our turkey chicks are moved into small sheds with heat lamps until they are about 6 weeks old. They range on our pastures when they are older.

Six week old turkeys

Six week old turkey poults

Week old turkeys

Week old turkey chicks

Geese

The goslings are around two weeks old, still fluffy, but growing rapidly.

Goslings

We will be letting the goslings go outside when they are big enough, later on they will be moved and encouraged to spend their days on the river Chater.

Chickens

Our second brood of chicks ofthe year will be about a week old on Open Farm Sunday.

Sheep

This is the first year we have a small flock of Easy Care sheep. Developed by crossing Wiltshire Horn and Welsh sheep. They are hardy, easy lambing, good mothers, more resistant to parasites, have good feet and most importantly, shed their wool so there is no need to shear them.

Ours are crossed with Texel also which improves conformation. The sheep do look somewhat ragged in late spring, but only till they have shed all their fleece.

Lambing around the end of March/early April, first to arrive were Sindy and Barbie.

First lambs to arriveSindy and Barbie with mum

Shedding wool can be a ragged affair.

Wool shedding easy care sheep

Pigs

As some of you will know we have reared a few pigs (two or three). Current inhabitants are Beyonce, Madonna and Britney. They have done marvellous rooting works in our little paddock.

Pigs in the snow

Despite the snow, in the winter, the pigs all came to the trough - well they are pigs!

Deep straw and company makes for happy pigs even when the weather is cold and snowy.

pigs in their house

Fallow Deer

The Cuckoo farm herd of Fallow deer is effectively wild. You may see them in the distance but they will stay well away from a group of people.

Fawns should be born around this time, but there is no guarantee you will see them. The does leave their fawns hidden in the grass, but know exactly where they are. The fawns generally stay hidden, only moving if discovered, until mum comes back or calls.

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If you would like to join us for the farm walk, please call 01780 722009.

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