Small Animals

A good farmer has a natural ability with animals and so we provide you with an opportunity to experience this with the small animals who can be handled and fed.  You can get closer to them and take photos with them.

Animals are a whole lot of fun.  They are curious explorers and have definite personalities.  It is very interesting interacting with and watching them.  The small animals are the final part of the Farm Tour.

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BIRMAN  CATS The self appointed Bosses of the small animals are the Birman cats Trumpet and Cookie Monster who write a weekly blog documenting the important issues of their daily lives and love nothing better than to ring the Hokitika vets to play tricks on them.  The latest was to purposely confuse the vet nurses into believing the vet had messed up the dates of the Birman Bros next check up.  The cats are very hospitable and happy to accept your kindnesses.  Don’t be surprised if they trick you into believing you belong to them.  The first person under 16 to explain to me how they got their names, gets their Farm Tour free.  Don’t forget to check out the Birman Brothers Blog.

Birmans originate from Burma.  Their distinctive features are what make Birmans so attractive – round body, broad face, roman nose, round and deep sapphire blue eyes.  Their points and white sox push the cute-osity barometer to the max.

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CAYUGA DUCKS originally from the USA, can’t fly, stick together and stay close to home.  They love to eat snails, slugs and other insects, chicken layer pellets and grass and other leafy greens.  They are black with irridescent beetle green heads and in some light appear violet.  The girls are a little smaller and tend to be better mothers than most ducks laying blue eggs.  The girls are Feathers, Mrs Brown, Hortense, Eider, Daphne, Blackberry and Abigail.  The boys are Mr Jones, Stripe and Don.  In spring we should have ducklings.  Every night they like to walk around the section and wander into the closest paddocks.  You can hear details of their nights goals as they make their way across the lawn.

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ARAUCANA CHICKENS originally from Chile and brought to NZ in the 1930’s.  They’re a little odd looking when young but become lovelier as they age.  They lay blue eggs and their plumage ranges from lavendar to black, white to red.  They love worms and insects as well as leafy greens and chicken layer pellets.  Cezanne, the Rooster is pretty good to look at but his body clock seems set to daylight saving.  All the chickens are named for abstract painters and abstract sculptors – Helen, Elaine, Louise, Clair, Barbara, Judith, Grace, Joan, Perl and Michelle.  The first person to tell me which specific artist each hen is named for, receives their Farm Tour free.

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FLEMISH GIANT RABBITS Blackie and Bunny were named by Bri, one of our first Guests when we opened.  They’re a bit on the small side to be pure Giants.  Blackie is pretty goal oriented whereas Bunny has a quieter nature.  They love brassicas and dried banana’s more than carrots and they also love nuts and seeds and apples.  I’m hoping we will have two pure bred Flemish Giants join us before December.

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MORE INFORMATION TO COME ABOUT Geese, Turkeys, Peacocks, Quail, new born lambs and calves, goat kids

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