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IMG_5284Looking for our goats? Our herd have moved from their shady enclosure at the centre of the farm to the corner field opposite our chickens. They’ve been enjoying the ample opportunities to sunbathe and more space to greet passing visitors! You’ll also notice the fence on this field has been augmented in preparation for the goats as some of our goats stand rather tall!

Last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to all of the staff, volunteers and corporate teams who have helped with this work and will be helping with the transformation to come! To find out more about how you and your team can lend a hand at Mudchute, visit our website.

As for their former pen, watch this space!

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The following message about Avian Influenza prevention measures comes from our Farm Manager, Tom Davis.

You may have seen or heard in the media recently that DEFRA (the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs) have implemented a bird flu prevention zone calling for captive birds to be housed where practical. Here at Mudchute, we have immediately housed as many birds as we can accommodate within the current penning we have here at the farm whilst not wanting to compromise the birds welfare in a negative way too much.

Other measures we have put in place are as follows:

  • Minimising direct and indirect contact between poultry and wild birds, by shutting all bird housing during the day.
  • Making sure that feed and water cannot be accessed by wild birds. All of our birds water is now covered, with feed only being offered in the birds evening housing once shut in.
  • To avoid the transfer of contamination between premises,we are cleansing and disinfecting all of the equipment used to feed, clean and water the poultry, staff footwear being cleansed before and after entering poultry housing.
  • Reducing the number of people entering areas where poultry or captive birds are kept.
  • Carrying on with an effective vermin control programme around buildings where poultry or captive birds are kept. We ask for your help with this by not feeding the squirrels and/pigeons any peanuts or other treats.
  • Thoroughly cleansing and disinfecting housing and equipment at the end of its occupation.

This is why a large majority of our birds are housed. We are in regular contact with our local enrionmental health department as well DEFRA who are happy that we are working within the regulations laid out.

Local and national risk is low and the above actions are only preventative measures.

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If you have any further questions please contact Tom Davis, Farm Manager at farm@mudchute.org.

Thank you for your continued support.


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Today our horses and ponies were due for a checkup form the dentist! Healthy teeth are key to a healthy horse and horses and ponies need regular checkups to ensure their teeth are wearing properly. Young horses need even more regular checks to ensure things are developing properly. You can find out more about Equine Dentistry from the British Association Of Equine Dental Technicians.

Fitting the dental speculum.

Fitting the dental speculum.

mudchute-stables-0694In addition to the checkup, the horses also get any sharp or uneven edges on their teeth ground down in a process called rasping. This will make them more comfortable and prevent irritation. There are hand-powered and electric tools which help grind down the teeth safely. As you might imagine, the tools in equine dentistry are quite a bit larger than those you’d see in a human dentist’s office! And to help the horse keep it’s mouth open and the equine dental technician safe, horses are fitted with a dental speculum which you can see in many of the photos below. Some horses are quite happy to have their teeth ground down and seem to enjoy the process, while others require a light sedative to relax.

A horse dental chart!

A horse dental chart!

As you might expect, it can be a slobbery job, but went very well today. Thanks Charlotte and everyone who helped out!