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Child friendly farm animals

Creating fond memories on a Cornish Farm


  • Farmer Melanie is often hatching...
  • ...these are turkey poults...
  • ...just a few days old.
  • Our fully grown turkeys
  • We have two miniature Shetland ponies, Frankie and Snowflake...
  • Snowflake having a walk around...
  • ...being led...
  • ...and groomed.
  • Our Kune Kune pigs like company too.
  • Puddle ducks...
  • ...and Muscovey ducks...
  • ...and sometimes ducklings!
  • Our tame lambs like to be led on a halter...
  • ...and bottle fed milk...
  • ...always popular with children...
  • ...and grown ups too.
  • Guinea Pigs are easy to care for...
  • ...and love the attention.
  • We have two pigmy goats too - Badger and Foxy...
  • ...and a small herd of Dexter cattle.

Our animals

We try to offer our guests a real Cornish farm holiday experience, and guests, of any age, are welcome to help with the animal feeding that usually starts at 8.30am most mornings. Many of our guests find this a very special experience, and we are told that even our youngest of guests remember and talk about "Melanie's farm", for months after their holiday has finished. We feel really privileged to be able to create such wonderful holiday memories.


Our 'animals' are a real favourite with guests of all ages. We like to keep a few of many different sorts, but some are more seasonal than other. To see our free range Aylesbury ducks wandering past your cottage door is one of the delights of staying here. We currently keep poultry, ducks, and kune kune pigs, also pygmy goats and Shetland ponies. We also keep a rabbit and guinea pigs to pet. At certain times of year, and subject to nature (!) we have chicks to hold and lambs to bottle feed or walk around the paddock.

Our ponies

Our Shetland ponies are called Frankie and Snowflake. Snowflake enjoys being groomed and led around the paddock.


Our pigs

In the summer we often keep a couple of pigs, their antics are always very popular and they usually run over to the fence when they see you. They love a treat of banana skins or vegetable peelings. We do find that being able to feed the pigs the scraps does encourage children to eat more fruit and veg! We currently have kune kune pet pigs. They are supposed to be grass eaters, but sometimes they are guilty of digging too. We let them free range our fields in the summer, but confine them over winter when they are most likely to dig.


Our poultry

We have Rocky our Light Sussex cockerel who has a couple of wives which hopefully will lay eggs during the summer months. Our hens are free range and unfortunately a fox or badgers keeps bringing to an end our hopes of building a laying flock.

Our white 'Jemina Puddleduck' Aylesburys are very popular with everybody. See if you can take a photo of them all in a row. They waddle along in a comical fashion, tending to follow the leader, usually Harry, our drake with the curly tail who keeps his wives well 'in line'. The ducklings are so cute - they start off as yellow balls of fluff and you can see how they have grown day by day.

We also keep a number of Muscovy ducks. Tucker, our old boy, is a big fellow and doesn't fly much - or maybe he's just lazy. He was called Tucker by one of our younger guests after I explained that as a duckling he was brought up with turkeys and now thinks he is a turkey, as he still eats, roosts sleeps and generally hangs out with them. Our female ducks who tend to be called the 'black and white' duck and 'black duck with white head' (appropriate names are always appreciated!!) are smaller and lighter and can fly a bit more - especially if it is feeding time. However, they are not very good fliers and sometimes only just make the top of the fence! Their ducklings are black and yellow and are even cuter than the Aylesburys.

We usually have a number of beautiful bronze turkeys, the babies were actually quite pretty and fluffy. Our daddy turkey, Timothy, is much admired and photographed as he can display his tail feathers in a beautiful peacock-like way and has even been accused of being a peacock!!

When we have eggs available, over the summer months, we do try to hatch ducks, chickens or turkeys for our guests to enjoy. It is amazing to see how quickly they can grow, even during the course of a week.

Our goats

We have a couple of mischievous goats called Badger and Foxy - as I think they look like those animals. They will nibble most things, and are excellent escape artists and capable of hurdling very high fences if so inclined. They love eating pieces of carrot from your hand.

Our rabbits and Guinea Pigs

We have a beautiful lop earred rabbit called Lottie who loves to be cuddled. But the real stars of the show are often the guinea pigs, who so enjoy to be petted in the mornings and love nibbling carrot and cucumber. There seems to be something relaxing about holding a guinea pig, they are such gentle creatures.

Our lambs

We also have lambs to bottle feed subject to season, and when they are older they are sometimes halter trained so they can be walked around the paddock. When they are fed up of this they just lie down and won't move any further!