Meet the Animals
The word “Bantam” refers to small breeds of poultry. The term comes from the city of Bantam, currently called Banten Province, in Indonesia. This is where they were first discovered by European sailors. Most large chickens have a bantam counterpart, often referred to as a “mini.” Bantams are well suited life as backyard chickens because their small size requires less space than other larger breeds. Bantams can also make for very good layers with some breeds laying up to 150 eggs a year! The term “true bantam” refers to small chickens without a larger counter-part. These true bantams are often used as show birds.
Yellow Golden pheasants are a type of of Chinese pheasant known for their bright and beautiful plumage. Although they are native to the mountainous areas of western China, populations have now established themselves in the UK and elsewhere.
One of our friendly Alpacas is known as a Huacaya, due to his coat being tight like a Teddy Bear (or Beasley Bear!). Our other Alpaca is known as a Suri, with a ringlet coat and are sought after for their wool. Alpacas originated in South America, where they graze in herds on level areas high in the Andes mountains of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile. Full grown alpacas grow to be about 3ft high at the shoulders and weigh between 50-80kgs!
Sheep are domestic animals that are most often kept for livestock purposes. They are well known for their distinctive wooly coats, which are shaved once a year for their fleece. This fleece is spun into wool and used for a wide variety of items like hats, blankets, mittens and sweaters Far Enough Farm is home to several different breeds of sheep, including Suffolk-Rambouillet, Romanov and Jacob.
We have two pairs of beautiful Mandarin ducks. The adult male is flashy and the female and ducklings have more muted coloured feathers. They can lay a clutch of 9-12 eggs in early springtime. Did you know that once a year ducks can’t fly? They lose their feathers in an annual molt. They are born with soft fluffy feathers and can swim within three hours of being born!
Khaki Campbell Calling Ducks are a breed of domesticated duck weighing approximately 3-5 pounds that originated in England and is kept for its high level of egg production. Campbells can come in three colour varieties: khaki, dark and white. Despite popular misconceptions of skittish or flightly behavior Campbells are a very gentle, passive and friendly breed when raised by hand until maturity. They are a good breed for young families and children to raise.
The fantail pigeon has a slender neck, small head and a beautiful fan shaped tail. These stunning pigeons can survive for more than 30 years and need the company of other pigeons to lay eggs. Unlike other birds, pigeons can fly almost straight upwards. Adult pigeons have over 10,000 feathers! They are the only bird in the world that doesn’t have to lift its head to swallow water. They have amazing eyesight and can see over a 35km distance and can fly more than 900kms in a single day. Pigeons like to eat grains but also fruits, pellets, vegetables and seeds in their diet.
Geese have big webbed feet and streamlined bodies for fast swimming, thick feathers for warmth, and short powerful wings for flying. You can usually find them in fresh water and most are vegetarians. They have wide flat beaks for feeding on grass or aquatic plants. They spend a lot of time using their beaks to oil their feathers to keep them waterproof.
Llamas are intelligent, curious and even tempered. They can learn simple tasks and can even pull a cart. They have soft wool and like to hum. Their coats are sheared in the spring to help them stay cool and their wool is great for spinning. Llamas are herbivores eating mainly grass and ferns and live up to 30 years. Llamas are very social animals and live together in herds.
Fjord horses (sometimes called a Norwegian Fjord horse) are a small, but strong breed that originated in the mountainous regions of western Norway. They are one of the oldest breeds of horses and have been used by farmers in Norway for hundreds of years. Fjord horses are most commonly used for heavy work, such as plowing and pulling timber. They are also very agile, making them good riding horses as well.
Our Rex rabbits like to eat green vegetation, bark and twigs. They are born fully furred and move out on their own at only 3 or 4 weeks. One rabbit can have as many as 72 babies in a year! They are fast runners and hoppers and have acute hearing and excellent vision.
Muscovy ducks are a large duck native to Mexico, Central, and South America. They are a large duck, with the males about 76 cm long, and weighing up to 15 lbs, whereas females are considerably smaller, and only grow to 6.6 lbs, roughly half the males size. The amount of white on the neck and head is variable, as well as the bill, which can be yellow, pink, black, or any mixture of these.
We have several African Pygmy goats living at Far Enough Farm. These goats may be small, but they are gentle and full of affection. They like to keep clean and tidy and don’t like to get wet – they hate the rain! Although goats do not like being alone, they are very curious creatures. They enjoy jumping on things and tend to get stuck in fences and odd places due to their inquisitiveness!
Mini donkeys are smaller than a horse and they usually have a dark stripe down the back. They have a short mane, long ears, a shaggy coat, and a tufted tail. Did you know they use their ears to talk? The donkey has an affectionate, kind and patient nature. They crave your attention and are loyal, protective and territorial like a dog. They live up to 25 years and like to eat different kinds of plants. They do not have waterproof coats like horses so they like to seek shelter from the rain. Males are called a Jack and the females are called a Jenny.
Did you know that cows can sleep while they are standing up? All ‘cows’ are female and only males are called bulls. Before having a calf, a cow is called a heifer. In order for a cow to produce milk, they must first have a calf. These are busy Moms! 90% of the world’s milk supply comes from dairy cows. At birth, a Jersey calf weighs about 60 pounds. At maturity it will weigh 900-1000 pounds. Cows have great senses and can see in color and can smell things from 5km away. Cows spend about 8 hours a day eating about 40 pounds of food.
Our beautiful peacocks have crested heads and a very large fanlike tail marked with brilliant plumage that features iridescent spots. A peacock is a male peafowl; the female is a peahen. We have 3 different coloured peacocks on the farm, the blue, Black Shouldered and the stunning Silver Blue Pied. Peafowl belong to the pheasant family. Peafowl are social birds who like having their friends around; you may be surprised to know that Peafowl can fly up into a tree if they need a break from the social scene.
Our miniature ponies are friendly and interact well with people! Due to their friendly nature they are sometimes trained as service animals, much like assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Although they can be trained to work indoors, they are happier and healthier living outdoors.
In simplest terms, a pony is a small horse. Ponies tend to have thicker manes, tails and overcoats than horses do, as well as shorter legs, wider barrels, thicker necks, shorter heads and broader foreheads. Ponies remain smaller than horses, even when fully grown. Ponies are known for being intelligent and friendly. They are also known for making great rides! Our ponies are all very friendly and take turns working at the Centreville Pony Express! Although large ponies are strong and can be ridden by adults, you won’t see anyone over 4½ feet tall riding on our little friends!
Cameroon Dwarfs are a miniature breed of domestic goat. Like their name suggests, Cameroon Dwarfs originated in the Cameroon Valley of West Africa. Because these goats are from Africa, you may think that they get very cold during our harsh Canadian winters. Don’t worry! Cameroon Dwarfs can adapt to live comfortably in virtually all climates. Although they are most often kept as pets, Cameroon Dwarfs are hardy goats who make capable workers and milk producers.
The laughing dove is a small pigeon that is a resident breeder in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East east to the Indian Subcontinent. A rufous and black chequered necklace gives it a distinctive pattern and is also easily distinguished from other doves by its call. Other names include Palm dove and Senegal dove!
Lionhead rabbits are named for the delightfully fuzzy manes that encircle their heads like a lion. These fluffy little cuties are active, playful and smart. First introduced to North America in the late 1990s, Lionheads are a relatively new breed of rabbit that originated in Belgium.
Mini Pot Belly pigs are also known as Mini or Teacup pigs. They are the size of a small dog and like to be walked. These adorable little animals are omnivores that will eat almost anything! They really like grapes, bananas and carrots. They also like taking baths and watching TV! Pot Belly pigs make great pets.
Silkie chickens are friendlier than their domestic cousins. They lay smaller eggs and have fluffy plumage that feels like silk. They have dark blue flesh and bones, blue earlobes, five (as opposed to four) toes on each foot, and can’t fly. Their fluffy feathers keep them warm so they lay eggs all year long. They can live to be 12-15 years old and like to be cuddled.
This unusual breed of domestic duck is very distinctive. Indian Runner ducks stand tall like penguins, but instead of waddling they run! These ducks need to be fast because they can’t fly. Originally found in Indonesia, Indian Runners were ‘walked’ to market and then sold as both meat and egg-layers. An Indian Runner can lay 150-200 eggs a year!
Miniature Zebu are very rare in North America! A mini zebu also know as a humped cow is a species of domestic cattle originating in South Asia. They have are characterized by a fatty hump on their shoulders, droopy ears and a large dewlap (a long flap of skin that hangs under the jaw or neck on an animal. Did you know? Miniature Zebu make great pets! They can be every bit as loving and affectionate as a big dog. You can even take them for a walk!
Red Golden pheasants are a type of of Chinese pheasant known for their bright and beautiful plumage. Although they are native to the mountainous areas of western China, populations have now established themselves in the UK and elsewhere. Red Golden pheasants are known for their bright red bodies and deep orange “capes.” Males have a yellow-golden crest running over their heads.
As their name suggests, the Flemish Giant is one of the largest breeds of rabbit. It is not uncommon for full-grown Flemish Giants to weigh in at 22lbs or more! They are one of the most popular breeds at rabbit shows because of both their unusually large size and their variety of colours.
Did you know that Polish Chickens are not from Poland? They are from the Netherlands and we have a pair of them on the farm. They are very social and are often used in shows. They lay lots of eggs starting in the spring of each year. Our domestic chickens have short legs for digging up roots and short beaks for pecking seeds and insects. The males have brighter feathers and are usually bigger. These ground-dwelling birds can be heard crowing or clucking to each other.
Silver pheasant are bold, curious and majestic birds. This relatively large example of pheasant is well known to ancient Chinese poetry and art. Females have brown plumage and shorter tails, while males are more showy with their black and white plumage. Both males and females have a bare red face and legs.
Romanov sheep are a beautiful breed of domestic sheep that originated in the Upper Volga Region of Russia. They take their name from the town of Romanov- Borisoglebsk, known today as Tutayev. They were introduced to Germany and France in the 18th century, and made their first appearance in Canada much later in 1980.
Nubian Boer Goat is a mix between two different breeds of goat – Anglo-Nubian and Boer. Her appearance combines distinct features from both breeds. Nubian goats originated in Europe and are know for their long floppy ears and round noses. Boer goats originated in South Africa during the 1900s and are known for their distinct brown heads and white bodies.
Billy Gruff is the name of our fearless and active billy goat. Billy is an African Pygmy Agouti breed. He fathered three of the female goats living at Far Enough Farm. Billy enjoys climbing on his picnic table and head butting the fence.
Duke is our beautiful signature horse, an 11-year old Buckskin new to Far Enough Farm this year! Buckskin is a hair coat colour of horses, referring to a colour that resembles certain shades of tanned deerskin. To book a photoshoot with our gorgeous new Buckskin, call 416-203-0405.
Despite what their name might suggest, Guinea Pigs are neither pigs nor from Guinea! Native to the Andes, guinea pigs are a member of the Caviidae family – a family of South American rodents. In South America, guinea pigs have played an important role in the folk culture of indigenous groups, in medicine, in religious ceremonies and as a food source. In North America, guinea pigs have become a popular household pet known for their docile nature and responsiveness to feeding and handling.
Colombian Cross Chickens are a popular breed known for their ability to lay eggs even in cold climates. Colombians lay lovely cream coloured brown eggs. They have very tame personalities, making them a great choice for a backyard chicken coop!
An ancient breed of sheep, Jacobs originated in Syria some 3000 years ago. Jacob sheep have several interesting features that make them different from other kinds of sheep. Jacob sheep are piebald (meaning coloured with white spots) sheep. While all Jacob sheep are horned, they may have anywhere between two and six of them. Most commonly, Jacob sheep will have four horns. The soft wool from their coats is used by hand spinners to make garments.