Billy & Bunter
Billy and Bunter our Barn Owls have been with us for just over 2 years. They came to us very young after being abandoned and are very tame. They live on a diet of chicks and are fed daily.
Barn owls do not hoot they make a screeching sound. Barn Owl feathers are super soft! This helps them to hunt silently, but they are not very waterproof and get soaked if it rains
Our ferrets are fed twice a day on wet cat food and sometimes dried biscuits too. The average ferret lives to be 6-7 years old.
The majority of “working” ferrets are used to eradicate vermin, but they have other less obvious purposes. Their ability to worm their way through confined spaces has led several institutions to use them for running wire.In the 1960’s, aircraft manufacturer Boeing used ferrets to string wire through planes!
Our ferrets love to play in their large tunnel tubing and, be outside as much as they can, they also like to dig holes in the soil. They can be quite mischievous!
Our ferrets are called Slinky, Bandit, Rascal, Eddie and Nibbler.
Guinea Pigs are great small pets as they are good natured and easy to care for. They are the most popular small pet in many countries
South America (Peru) Guinea Pigs were kept by the Incas and were found in houses when the Spanish conquistadors conquered South America.
Our Guinea pigs you can handle in our Hutches and Aviaries corner. They have their food given twice a day, along with fresh vegetables such as carrots and broccoli. Also, the farm staff will go on the hunt for some fresh dandelion leaves for them to munch on.
The Guinea pig was first domesticated as early as 5000BC for food by tribes in South America. Even to this day they are still considered a source of food in some countries and cultures. It was the Spanish, Dutch and English that first introduced them into Europe as exotic pets among the upper class and royalty, including Queen Elizabeth 1.
Guinea pigs have a similar diet to that of rabbits, grass is their natural diet but pets are fed on soft pellets and hay. Dietary wise Guinea pigs are like humans are require Vitamin C in their diet or they will develop scurvy.
Guinea pigs shouldn’t be raised as a single they are a pack animal and are prone to loneliness so they like to have company, in Switzerland owning a single guinea pig is considered harmful to its well-being and forbidden by law.