Feed the Animals
This has to be one of the highlights of children’s holidays at Clydey – a farm cottage holiday.
Every morning (yes, 7 days a week) either Farmer Malcolm or Farmer Rachel will guide little guests (and big guests too!) to help feed our growing menagerie of animals.
This is truly an interactive activity, not just a viewing spectacle. Guests can get up close and personal with Iggle, our HUGE gorgeous kunekune pig, who has excellent table manners and eats from a fork, washing it all down with a bottle of milk and occasionally a freshly laid egg from the obliging chickens. Watch out for the splashes of milk and dribbles of egg!
Our chickens eat their corn from cups offered by the children and from outstretched palms of those feeling brave enough to feel ‘the peck’.
Discovering warm, freshly laid eggs from the chicken house is always a sight to behold and dispels any myths that eggs only come from supermarkets.
Our Pygmy goats Zig and Zag eat their morning muesli from bowls, as do Lali and Mo our inquisitive Alpacas.
The rabbits and guinea pigs squeak happily as they smell the chopped carrots and greens offered by the little farmers and Noah and Nellie, our donkeys, will finally stop braying when they see the carrots and apples approaching!
Depending on the time of year, you may also be able to bottle feed some lambs.
All of this farming activity can take up to an hour every morning. Children can join in as much or as little as they like but each week we see children’s confidence grow as the week progresses and they become more familiar and relaxed around animals.
At the end of their farm holiday, children are awarded a Clydey Young Farmers Certificate for all of their help and to proudly take home.