In the mornings our guinea pig pen looks like an untidy child's bedroom floor! Hay and straw everywhere, food scattered, soft cuddly squeaky things (guinea pigs) everywhere. We even have to sort out the wet bedding! Here's the technical bit: Guinea pigs are rodents. The word 'rodent' comes from the Latin word 'rodere' meaning 'to gnaw'. Fortunately ours are well fed!
Children will get opportunities to meet and cuddle our guinea pigs throughout the day. Please check the daily timetable when you visit for timings.
Farmer Palmer says...
•Like pigs a male guinea pig is called a boar and a female is a sow. A baby is called a kitten.
•When we bring them their grass and food they squeak with delight.
•Please be kind and caring. They are sensitive and love to sit quietly on your lap and be stroked gently.
•Please don't squeeze them though as this could lead to a wet lap.
Farmer Palmer's animals are traditional farm animals, together with popular pet animals like guinea pigs and rabbits. They are taken care of by our dedicated team in the Animal Barn in line with Defra's Farm Animal Welfare Council's Five Freedom Advice.
Hamerton Toby, the miniature Mediterranean donkey is very friendly, although he does like to get his own way.
Our ponies adore praise and are eager to please, most of the time. In the summer they live outside in the field or paddock and eat grass and a little pony food. In the winter they come in and eat hay. They must always have fresh, clean water.