animals

Animals, at the heart of our Farm Park! Make new friends. Every day there are educational and entertaining animal events for you to enjoy.
Our farm park animals
Farmer Palmer's animals are traditional farm animals, together with popular pet animals like guinea pigs and rabbits. They are taken care of by our dedicated team in the Animal Barn in line with Defra's Farm Animal Welfare Council's Five Freedom Advice.
donkey
Tiny Hamerton Toby
Hamerton Toby, the miniature Mediterranean donkey is very friendly, although he does like to get his own way. At the age of four a donkey is physically and mentally mature enough for its serious education to begin (just as children start school at four or five). Donkeys came to England when the Romans invaded Britain in the year AD43 and they make wonderful guard animals.
Learn more about Donkeys
guinea pigs
Guinea Pigs
In the mornings our guinea pig pen looks like an untidy child's bedroom floor! Hay and straw everywhere, food scattered, soft cuddly squeaky things (guinea pigs) everywhere. We even have to sort out the wet bedding! Here's the technical bit: Guinea pigs are rodents. The word 'rodent' comes from the Latin word 'rodere' meaning 'to gnaw'. Fortunately ours are well fed!
Learn more about Guinea Pigs
goats
Pygmy Goat Kid
Young goats are aptly named kids as they have many qualities similar to human children. They are energetic, bouncy and mischievous (always pushing their luck!). They are inquisitive escape artists and have a habit of exploring with their mouths! A goat has an IQ of 60! If you ever consider keeping a goat as a pet you need to have good fences and good neighbours as you could be seeing a lot of them!
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Alpacas
Waiting for a hair cut!
Alpacas were once looked after and domesticated by the Ancient Inca people who lived in South America 6000 years ago. They were associated with the goddess ‘Pachmana’ or Earth Mother and truly respected.
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Chickens and Ducks
Some of our chickens
A farm just wouldn't be complete without Chickens and Ducks and we have lots of feathered friends at Farmer Palmer's! But which came first the chicken or the egg? According to National Geographic, the old dispute has been settled. Reptiles were laying eggs thousands of years before chickens appeared, and the first chicken came from an egg laid by a bird that was not quite a chicken. Therefore the answer is the egg came first.
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deer
Hand feeding Deer
A herd of Red Deer live at Farmer Palmer's and you and your children can meet and feed them in our Deer Feeding experience (check timetable to see if this event is running). Like many species of deer, only bucks will have antlers which will be shed on a seasonal basis, allowing new ones to develop. These are used as 'status symbols' in the mating ritual.  
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Farmer Palmer says...
•A male deer is usually called a ‘buck’.
•A large male deer is often called ‘stag’.
•A female deer is usually called a ‘doe’.
•A young deer is usually called a ‘fawn’.
•Deer take their first steps within half an hour of their birth.
•Young deer will usually stay with their mother for around a year.
•A group of deer is known as a ‘herd’.
•Deer have long legs typically suited to the environments they live in.
•They can jump high and swim well.
•What do deer grow every year?
•What do deer like to eat?

Deer Safari
Summer Fawns
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cows
Milking Time
Our milking cows have an important job every day showing our visitors where milk comes from in the daily cow-milking event in the Milking Demonstration Area. (UPDATE: This event is currently cancelled whilst social distancing measures are in place). Their milk then goes to the calves to drink.
Learn more about our Cows
sheep and lambs
Some of our sheep
Farmer Palmer's is home to lots of sheep. Each year, many of our ewes have lambs. You can see the babies out in the fields skipping and jumping. Their mums are very protective and caring.
Learn more about our Sheep
Ponies
Pretty Ponies
Our ponies adore praise and are eager to please, most of the time. In the summer they live outside in the field or paddock and eat grass and a little pony food. In the winter they come in and eat hay. They must always have fresh, clean water.
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Pigs
Oink oink!
Pigs do not like being muddy or dirty during the winter. In hot summer months they cover themselves in cool mud & water to regulate their body temperature - because pigs cannot sweat! Farmer Palmer's Farm Park is home to lots of pigs. Look out for our Pig Racing events in the summer!
Learn more about our Pigs

Farmer Palmer says...
•A male pig is called a boar. A female is called a sow and a baby pig is a piglet. They make an oink sound.
•Pigs don't have sweat glands and white pigs burn easily. This is why they roll in the mud, which works like suntan lotion protecting their skin and keeping them cool.
•What colour are the pigs?
•Can you count the pigs?

Pig Racing
Sleepy Pigs
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