All of our ducks are rescues and have come from homes that could no longer keep them. Ducks are relatively easy to care for, as they don't require much feed to keep them at a healthy weight. One of their favorite things to do is swim in their kiddie pool! Ducks LOVE water! Their eggs are also considered to be "richer" than chicken eggs, so some people prefer duck eggs instead of chicken eggs in their diet.
Java is one of the miniature horses we rotate between at our events. Miniature horses are divided into two different divisions based on their size. Java is in the "A" class because he is under 34 inches tall. Minis in the "B" class measure over 34 inches up to 38 inches. Miniature horses are also the only other animals other than dogs that can be registered as a "seeing-eye" animal for the blind!
Annie came to us as an orphan. We bottle raised her which has made her a total doll! She's a Nigerian Dwarf, which is a miniature goat breed that's used for milk. As you can see she has horns. Female goats can grow horns just like males! They can be removed at a young age or banded when they get older. If a goat never grows horns. it's considered "polled" which means "naturally hornless".
Alpacas are definitely fun creatures! They originate from South America where they are used for their fiber. Although they may look like llamas they are not the same thing! They are actually cousins! Much smaller in size and used for different purposes, alpacas are only good for their hair. They are very flighty animals and do not make good guard animals for other livestock.
Duke is our newest miniature horse. He currently will only be used as our "unicorn" for smaller events. Once he is used to being around the other animals and large crowds of people, we will start rotating him into our regular petting zoo set up. We are excited to see how he does for us!
Willow is one of the miniature horses we rotate between at our events. Like Java, she is also in the "A" class because she is under 34 inches tall. She is our oldest animal at 18 years old! Horses can live 30+ years with proper care and love! She is trained to pull a cart, which is one of the main things people use minis for. Because of their small size they can't carry a lot of weight on their backs, but can safely pull 2 regular size adults or loads up to 3x their weight.
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Scooter is a miniature zebu! Zebus are the smallest breed of cattle in the world. A few of the characteristics known to the breed are a fatty hump between their shoulders and loose skin on their lower neck. They are an exotic breed and extremely rare.
We recently adopted Domino with the hopes of making him our future herd sire. Like Annie, he's also a Nigerian Dwarf. Once he's old enough to start breeding we will be leaving him at home and adding another female to our menagerie.
Charles came to us from another petting zoo, so he knows his roll well! Depending on their breed, sheep are usually dual purpose animals meaning they are raised for more than one reason. Sheep with wool are raised for wool and/or meat. Some sheep breeds can even be used for milk!
Braylee is Wilson's younger half-sister. She will be a year old in August. Unlike her brother she is a lighter grey color, so she has the traditional "cross" across her back. She has recently started doing more events and will be working full time this winter, along side her brother when our Live Nativities start happening.
Donkeys are a lot of fun to own! Similar to horses they require a lot of the same care. They need routine hoof trims, annual vaccines from the vet, and they need to see the equine dentist. They love to forage, meaning they love rough grasses and leaves just like goats! They also make great field protectors for other livestock! Wilson is one of the miniature donkeys between which we rotate at our events. We also own his half-sister, Braylee.
Mini Menagerie Petting Zoo