Live in the city but love farming? Want to find out more about food production, animal husbandry or agriculture? Here’s your chance to get involved! We are looking for enthusiastic, hard working volunteers to help out on the farm. Do you have spare time and skills to help support Mudchute?

If you are a mature, responsible individual with abilities working with animals, gardening, carpentry, administration and/or group leading, do get in touch! Help would be greatly appreciated across all areas of the park and farm. Previous experience is not necessary, but you must be able to work in all weather.

Please contact farm manager Nick via email or send us a message via twitter @mudchute.

Taking preventative measures against flystrike.

As the weather warms, there is no end to the jobs around the farm. You may have noticed flies buzzing about and those flies in combination with our recent hot and humid weather can spell trouble for woolly sheep. Fly strike or myiasis occurs when adult flies lay their eggs on the sheep. Within a matter of hours, the eggs hatch into maggots which immediately start doing damage to the host. If left untreated, the maggots will burrow under the skin, leading to infection as well as obvious discomfort and damage (they are in fact eating the poor host!) and in some cases the condition can be fatal.

To protect our sheep, the team have been taking a number preventative measures, including “dagging”, removing soiled wool on the tail and back ends of the sheep, as well as spraying the sheep with a protective medication (shown above). So if you see our sheep wandering the fields with blue stripes, don’t worry, it’s just to help keep the flies off!

What better way to launch a new blog than with new life! Spring is in full swing with the lambs playing on the fields and all our poultry are busy laying eggs! You may have noticed a few little (and not so little) chicks near pets corner!

One special project we’ve taking on is to try to hatch out more beautiful Mandarin ducks (Aix galericulata). You may have seen our mandarin drake (shown below) at Pheasant Crescent in Pets Corner. See more photos and videos of the developing eggs on the next page! Continue reading