Did You Know?

Animals farmed in New Zealand have individual personalities that we would attribute to animals like cats and dogs. Expectant sows make a nest for their young, Chickens remember the faces of up to 100people, Sheep are able to recognize the faces of at least 50 other sheep. There is alot of interesting information about animals that isnt generally known.
Lets find out more about them!

Chickens

Chickens

Did you know that chickens are social and enquisitive. They enjoy to spend their day dust bathing and sleeping in the sun when they can. Chickens are intelligent and can remember the faces of more than 100 other chickens. They can even remember those faces after being separated from one another for months.
Chickens can live for up to 12 years.
Chickens have excellent eyesight. They can even use each eye independently.
Chickens have over 24 different types of vocalisations and use visual displays to communicate with one another. Chickens can identify one another just by their calls.

About GiGi
This little girl was found dehydrated and worn out hiding in a sububan backyard. Only a couple of months old she still made her chic peeping calls. The kind lady contacted us and she is now thriving with her new feathered family here.
Likes The company of people and pats.

Cows

Cows

Did you know that cows have great memories and are very good at recognizing faces even after long periods of time. Cows are gentle social animals. They have the ability to recognize more than 100 other cows, and they form close friendships with members of their herd. Researchers report that cows grieve when their friends or family members die. "Did you know that cows have to give birth to produce milk. The milk the mother cow produces is to feed her calf.

Unfortinaelty in New Zealand cows are exploited .
Depending on the breed of cow they are farmed for their milk or flesh. Diary cows are repedidly inpregnanted so as to give birth and produce milk. The calf is removed from their mother and she is milked. The calves are sent to slaughter at just a few days old (or fattened up for veal) and 20% of the females may be kept to replace her mother when she is past her peak productivity (usually after 4-5 years). The spent dairy cows are often Other breeds are used for their meat. Some of these mothers will be killed shortly after giving birth so they are worth more to the farmer when slaughtered. The calves will be artifitially reared. All cows will be killed when they are no longer profitable.

""About this group of adult Hereford/freisian cows. seven years old this year, bred for meat market and due for processing five years ago. They have developed a family community bond due to their years together. The were sold with the house 5years ago and when the new owner took them on she decided not to send them to slaughter and that they would stay.
live between 18-25 years.




Pigs

Pigs

Pigs are social animals. They form close bonds with others and enjoy playing and sleeping together.
Pigs can live for up to 25 years. A pig’s snout is 2,000 times more sensitive than a human’s nose. Pigs love to root. Rooting is when a pig turns over the earth by digging into it with their snout.
Pigs do not have sweat glands, which is why they enjoy wallowing in the mud.
Pigs are sentient, which means they can feel pleasure and pain just like we do.

About Piggins
This girl was found running through a city shopping area at just a few months old. She is a bright and loving character who cuddles up with her 3 piggy paddock mates here at night.
Likes: rolling over for tummy rubs and digging in the mud

Roosters

Roosters

Did you know that Roosters look after hens and keep them safe. They alert them to danger, find food and hunt out delicious treats. When it comes to bedtime, rosters heard the girls off to bed. Ive found our roosters to be inquisitive, with individual likes and dislikes. The never fail to make me smile. The 10 roosters living here have their own group of hens they each look after. They love crowing back and forth to each other to let everyone know everything is OK.

Unfortunately here in New Zealand roosters and male chics are often discarded or killed as unwanted by-products of egg production. Whether that is egg farming or backyard hens. Every year, millions of day old male chicks are either gased or shredded alive in this counrty. The chics are killed no matter which egg farming method is used, whether it's cage, barn or free range.
To learn more about this check out SAFE.

About Big Boy
This gorgeous rooster was dumped. Discarded in a remote area left to fend for himself. We went during the night while he was roosting in a tree and brought him here to safety. He now lives with us.
Likes finding treats for his girls and dust baths in the dirt.

Sheep

Sheep

Did you know that sheep are very social and curious? "About Leroy
At 2 days old he was found in a paddock alone , his ear had been nibbled at and without his mum. She had either abandoned him or she had died. No-one was sure. We were contacted and we found a wonderful family to foster him , love him and bottle feed him. The 2 children loved him like a baby brother and then he was strong enough to come here and join his family.
Likes hanging out with his close friends Maisy-Jane and Sammy. Sheep are very social and curious. "