Last Saturday, we welcomed three new turkeys: Pedro, Florence and Gigi. We are happy to be able to offer these lovely birds a home. The trio come from a very loving home and are used to life in a stableyard. As a result they are accustomed to plenty of hustle and bustle and we think they’ll feel right at home here at Mudchute! We are keeping them apart from the rest of our flock to let them settle in, but hope to integrate them into our flock soon. The birds were a bit disoriented when they emerged from transport, but quickly began to explore their new home and our flock were keen to meet the newcomers! It wasn’t long before the handsome Pedro was gobbling happily and showing off his beautiful feathers. We hope the new turkeys will be very happy with us here on the farm!
We welcomed Zebra Finches (Taeniopygia guttata) to our aviaries in July and the finches have settled in very well. So well in fact that they have been busy breeding. They have been busing building nests and incubating their eggs. The first of those eggs have now hatched and the eldest chicks are nearly ready to fledge. We are thrilled to be able to share a few photos of the new babies. As they fledge, you may spot them stretching their wings as they build up those flight muscles and taking their first few tentative journeys from the nest.
Juliet is a Manx Loaghthan sheep who joins us from Buster Ancient Farm in Hampshire. She is pending some time in Pets Corner as she gets used to life at Mudchute before joining the rest of our flock.
You may meet this lovely ewe when she is out for a walk with our staff and volunteers. Juliet walks brilliantly on a lead and many visitors double take when passing what they must first perceive to be a dog with horns!
Manx Loaghthan are a primitive short-tailed sheep breed that have grazed the slopes and uplands of the Isle of Man for generations. However, the breed declined drastically by the 1950s due to the introduction of other hill breeds.
The colour of Juliet’s fleece is called “moorit” (brown). She is only a young ewe (born last Spring), but will only grow to approximately 40kg. Even when fully grown she will retain a long-legged slim appearance typical of primitive sheep breeds.