We have many different kinds of animals at the Homestead.
All of our animals are fed a diet of purina and nutrena foods and hay. Even our hogs are fed Purina Pig chow. Our potbellied pigs enjoy a meal of cheerios, lettuce, piggy pellets and apples twice daily and love grapes as training treats. Pigs are very smart and can be trained to do many things that dogs can- their motto is: we work for food. We hope you will come visit all of the residents here at the Homestead. They are always happy to entertain and meet you.
We ask that the animals are fed with only the food that we sell – many are on strict diets because of their age. Also, the funds that we make on the sale of the food insures that we can purchase more feed for our animals so they are able to remain on the farm. Feed is sold in front of the Yankee barn.
In the spring we purchase hogs and Bronze turkeys to raise and as on a farm they will be sold at market to support the farm.
Here are some of the animals you might meet on a visit to the farm.
We have a rabbit house with 15 rabbits of many different breeds, including one from France – a Champagne DeArgent’, a Jersey Wooly, a Fuzzy Lop, and Dutch and Lop ears.
- Fred & Ginger
We have raised many breeds of domestic ducks – pekins, blue swedish, and one that everyone loves: the White Crested – they look like they have wigs on the top of their heads. Also see our newest breeds: The Muscovy Duck and the Silver Welsh Harlequin
- Aflak & friends
We have a chicken coop with 27 hens and 3 roosters. One breed we feature is the Buckeye chicken, so named because they are the color of the Buckeye nut. This is the only breed developed by a woman and in the state of Ohio. We also have a pair of Chinese Silkie Chickens and a Sultan Rooster. stop by and see our new Polish chickens.
We have recently began to breed turkeys at the homestead. We have a pair of heritage birds -Kentucky Red Burbon turkeys and one of their offspring born in July of 2009. In addition we seasonally have 18 Bronze Market Turkeys
- 1 offspring
- 18 Market Turkeys
Our five sheep are shorn each year in May. We also now have lambs born in April 2011 and 2012
- Billy & Ann Marie
- Toby & Cocoa
We are the home of three Vietnamese pot bellied pigs. Chubbs appeared on the Robin Swoboda show “Thats Life” last year when they visited the farm.
We have pygmy, Nubian and Toggenburg goats. Toggenburgs are Swiss dairy goats, the largest goat breed.
- Day Dream
We have a miniature steer weighing in at half the size of a black angus or longhorn steer. The breed is originally from Ireland.
- Sir Loin
We have two miniature horses, four ponies, and a Saddlebred and our newest addition a miniature donkey. In addition, we now have seven new residents: Cinnamon, Rayne, Starship, Starlite, Cassie, Patches, and Radar.
- Sunny Day
Also our newest residents: Starlite, Starship, Rayne, Cinnamon, Patches, Cassie and last but not least——-Radar!