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The Homestead Chicks Greet the Public and Pose for Photos

One of the most popular activities each maze season is the opportunity to meet many of the animals up close. The chicks are fun for people to hold and photograph. Small children espcially enjoy this interaction with these little critters.




Woodside Elementary Students Visit Homestead Animal Farm

Several busloads of students from Woodside Elementary School, a Sussex Hamilton School District school, visited the farm on May 21, 2010. They took a tour of the farm, met many of the animals, and went on a hay ride. They also learned about planting organic crops during a hands-on activity. The students had a lesson about eggs and the different kinds of chickens we have here on the farm then watched two short movies about farm animals  and chickens produced by Homestead Animal Farm.

"Everybody off. Let's get going!"

The kids learned about chickens and got to hold baby chicks.









   All eyes are on Homestead's farm animal movie. All students participated in a hands-on organic farming activity.










As usual, Nellie is the center of attention. Another group arrives back from the hayride. 










The hayride capped off the day, the students were singing and playing "I Spy" to see if they could find everything along the hayride that was on a poster on the hay wagon. Our dog Nellie supervised the whole tour. She is a big hit with the kids!

Information on school tours is available here.



New Additions to the Farm

Earlier this month we added several new additions to our farm. We now have two young rabbits, named Lilly and Max. Female rabbits are called does, males are called bucks. We also have several new chicks and some ducklings. The chick varieties include ringneck pheasants, plus these types of chickens:  top hat polish chickens, Silkies, Ameraucana (they lay greenish blue eggs), and Welsumer (lay chocolate brown eggs). The ducks are runner ducks, one type we've raised for a few years on the farm. You'll be able to see some of these animals when you visit the farm.

Lilly and Max check out their new surroundings.

Nellie welcomes the new arrivals






Here are the new ringneck pheasant chicks. They keep warm under the heat lamps.

Runner ducks and lots of baby chicks which are starting to take on adult characteristics










This special brooder box provides a warm shelter, food, and water for the young birds.