Animals

Pottery classes making an egg cup
The Farm has had many different breeds of pig over the years.

Currently we keep three crossbred Pietrain sows that breed every year. We usually have 2–3 litters per year. Litters are born between March to October when it’s not too cold.
Donkey foal in the straw

We welcomed Willow the donkey in June 2022 along with her incredibly fluffy 4-month-old foal named ‘Bear’. Willow is 6 years old and was born in Ireland. She is pregnant again and is due in February 2023. Please visit our Instagram for regular updates on Willow and all our other animals.

We have a small herd of pedigree Anglo-Nubians that we breed from and milk every year. Nubians have large roman noses and big floppy ears. They love to be groomed and petted by visitors. Our first goat kids arrived in early 2017.  Goats are very prolific breeders; they usually have twins or triplets. Our Nanny’s become pregnant in late November and give birth at the end of April.

In 2021 we had a repeat of the success in 2020 with 5 kids born. As they grow, they become increasingly adventurous and agile. Look out for them balancing on two legs to get at the leaves overhanging the paddock.
We have a small flock of pedigree Kerry Hill sheep. Our first lambs were born in 2019. Kerry Hill sheep have a distinctive and unique coloration, with a white face bearing black markings around the mouth, ears, and eyes.

Kerry hills are very good mothers but notoriously aloof when it comes to their human keepers. They would much rather graze in the fields than be petted! Ewes become pregnant at the end of October each year and give birth in March as spring approaches.
The Farm keeps a large flock of Ducks. There are 30 ducks of various breeds. Depending on the breed some Ducks lay Seasonally and some lay all year round. We keep Indian Runners, Aylesbury’s, Cayuga’s, Silver Appleyard’s and Mallards. Duck eggs are large and have a waxy shell. They come in many colours such as Black, Blue, Spotted and white depending on the breed. Depending on how the ducks are feeling, these are also sometimes for sale in the farm shop.
The Farm keeps a small gaggle of purebred West of England Geese. We have three females and one male. West of England are a British rare breed that originates from the county of Devon. They are an auto-sexing breed, which means the colour of their feathers determines their gender. Females have a large grey saddle and grey feathering on their neck and head. Males are primarily white with the odd grey feather. Females lay between 20-30 eggs per year between February to June.
The Farm keeps a large flock of chickens. There is a variety of small to large breeds. We keep a flock of 40 laying hens that produce eggs each day which you can buy in the farm shop. Prolific laying breeds include; Light Sussex, Speckledy, Rhode Island Reds, Blackrocks, Bluebells, Leghorns, Marans and Commercial Hybrids. We also keep many examples of rare breeds and show birds, including: Buff/black Orpington’s, Brahma’s, Silkie’s, Cream Legbar’s, Ancona’s and Wellsummer’s.

Animals for sale

We have some animals for sale as pets not for slaughter. Please contact cj@hackneycityfarm.co.uk

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