Animals, at the heart of our Farm Park! Make new friends. Every half an hour you can join in, feeding, grooming & cuddling events everyday!
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.
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

Farmer Palmer says...
•A male donkey is called a jack. A girl is a jenny and, like the ponies, the babies are called foals.
•They make an Eee Orr sound.
•How many hooves can you see?
•Can you see the difference between a donkey's ears and a pony's ears?
•A donkey's coat is not waterproof.

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guinea pigs
Guinea Pig Handling
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

Farmer Palmers says...
•Like pigs a male guinea pig is called a boar and a female is a sow. A baby is called a kitten.
•When we bring them their grass and food they squeak with delight.
•Please be kind and caring. They are sensitive and love to sit quietly on your lap and be stroked gently.
•Please don't squeeze them though as this could lead to a wet lap.

Resident Guinea Pigs
Guinea Pig Feeding Time
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Bottle feeding kids
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!
Learn more about Goats

Farmer Palmer says...
• A male goat is called a billy. A female goat is a nanny and a baby is a kid.
• They make a baaa bleating sound.
• They all have different markings, can you see the differences?
• Goats like to live in herds (with other goats).
• Goats will not eat dirty or old food.

Meet friendly goats
Resident Goats
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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.
Learn more about Alpacas

Farmer Palmer says…
•A male Alpaca is called a Macho
•A female is called a Hembra and a baby is a Cria.
•Pregnancy lasts for about 11.5 months.
•They are herd animals so do not like to be alone and make excellent friends
•They will live for approximately 20 years
•Alpacas will stay the colour they are at birth for life, although it is thought that the alpaca fleece can come in 22 different colours.

Fluffy and Friendly
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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.
Learn more

Farmer Palmer says...
•A male chicken is called a cockerel. A female is a hen and a baby is a chick. They make a Cock-a-doodle-doo sound.
•What are the differences between the hens and the cockerels?
•Where would a chicken find a worm?
•On average, a hen will lay an egg every other day.

Fluffy duckling
chickens and cockerels
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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 Safari experience. 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.  
Learn more about our Deer

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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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. Their milk then goes to the calves to drink.
Learn more about our Cows

Farmer Palmer says …
•A male is called a bull.
•A female is called a cow.
•A baby cow is called a calf.
•A cow is pregnant for 9 months.
•In summer they live outside and eat grass.
•In winter they live inside and eat hay or silage & cow cake!
•When a cow has a calf she produces milk to help it grow.

Farmer Palmer
Farming Fun
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sheep and lambs
Some of our sheep
Farmer Palmer's is home to lots of sheep. Every year as well as breeding our own lambs we also welcome over 30 orphaned lambs from local farms. When a ewe has more lambs than she has teats to feed them with, they come to us. They join us as 'toddlers' and are wobbly on their feet, but they grow quickly. As their surrogate nannies, you give them their bottles of milk and they should follow you wherever you go!
Learn more about our Sheep

Farmer Palmer says …
•A male sheep is called a ram.
•A female sheep is an ewe and a baby sheep is a lamb.
•They make a Baa Baa sound.
•A lamb is a baby animal and is easily scared, so you have to be quiet and gentle.

Breeding Ewe
Ewe and lambs
Animal interactions
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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.
Learn more about our Ponies

Farmer Palmer says …
•A male pony is called a stallion. A female is a mate and a baby is a foal. A young boy is a colt and a young girl a filly.
•They make a Neigh sound.
•Ponies are flight animals and will run away if scared.
•Ponies have acute hearing and excellent eyesight, they can see as well as owls at night.

Animal Interactions
Pony Grooming
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Some of our pigs
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 and our daily Trotter Time event offers an opportunity to meet them. Also 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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