Tattershall Farm Park

Here are some interesting facts about the animals you might see at Tattershall Farm Park!

Ferrets

You might be lucky if you see some of our Ferret friends as did you know, they love to sleep!  They usually doze off for 14-18 hours in a day. If only humans could do this too, we wouldn’t get much done each day would we!

If you do get to see them, be careful as they are known to be hoarders and love to steal things and hide them away in secret places!

Sheep

Male sheep are called rams, while females are called ewes, and baby sheep are lambs.  They are all covered in fleece, and did you know that their fleece never stops growing, just like our hair! They can’t cut their fleece or shed it themselves, we have to do it for them and that is known as sheep shearing.

Most of our sheep are friendly, and just like dogs, they wag their tails when they are happy!

And don’t forget the saying ‘follow like sheep’, this is because they prefer to operate in groups and stick together.  So if one runs, they all run.  If one goes for a drink, they all go for a drink!

Chicken

You may also see different birds walking around the farm park and we have all sorts.  Some of our favourites are the chickens but did you know there are more chickens on earth than people; 25 billion to be exact!  Can you imagine how may eggs they lay? How many eggs do you think they lay every day?  On average they lay about 300 eggs every year.  The record number of eggs laid by a chicken in one day is 7, and the record number laid in one year is 371!

The colour of their eggs also depend on the chicken’s earlobes.  Red ear lobed chickens lay brow eggs while white ear lobed chickens lay white eggs.  As the chickens get older, they lay larger eggs but they lay fewer of them.

Strawberry the Shetland Pony

Have you met Strawberry yet? Strawberry is our Shetland pony and as the name suggests they come from the Shetland Isles where they were the perfect size for farmers who used them for pulling carts, carrying peat and even ploughing the land.   If you ever get the chance to visit the Shetland Isles, you will see hundreds of the small ponies wandering all over the place – but they are not wild. They are all owned and are tended to by local land tenants or “crofters.” But how amazing would that be?  An island full of poies!

As you can see ponies are smaller than horses and even though most of us consider anything under 14.2 a pony, the Shetlands are actually much smaller than that. The UK Shetland Pony Stud-book does not allow any registered stock that are taller than 11 hands. In America, the tallest allowed 11.5 hands.

How tall are you in comparison to Strawberry?