Our Animals

Come and meet our animals! All our animals are approachable but young children must always be supervised by an adult when near them, particularly in the large main field.  Please do not feed the animals and never enter a pen unless accompanied by a member of staff.  It costs the farm over £7000 a year to care for our animals, please help us by making a donation when you visit.

Our animals:

Meet Dougie & Dougal a pair of miniature Shetland ponies and our newest arrivals at the farm.  These pint sized ponies are really friendly and we are now offering occasional grooming sessions when for £2 your youngsters can try their hand at brushing a pony under the guidance of a member of farm staff.  If you’re at the farm, check at the cafe to find out when the next grooming session is available.  The ponies have their own new enclosure and shelter opposite the pigs and you can visit them at any time, but please do not be tempted to feed them as their health depends on us keeping a close eye on their diet.   If you book a birthday party in our Community Room, you can add a supervised grooming session to the festivities – click here for more details.
Dexter cattle are the smallest of the European cattle breeds.  The breed originated in south western Ireland and was brought to England in 1882.  Dexters are a known as a friendly breed and are used commercially for both milk and beef.  The cows make great mothers, so we hope that our beautiful mother and calf pair, Daisy and Cowslip,  will have more calves for the farm in future. 
Chickens A large free range flock of chickens that includes breeds such as the Speckled and Light Sussex, Orpington, Cream Legbar, Welsummer and Rhode Island Red, plus a few saved from the battery chicken factory.  We have chickens that lay eggs and for some of the year we keep chickens for meat and we are currently raising chickens and guinea fowl for the table which will be ready just before Christmas. Eggs are on sale for £1.80 and come in a variety of colours and sizes.

Adopt a Duck A flock of ducks – the breeds are Aylesbury, Khaki Campbell and Indian Runner cross, Welsh Harlequin and a Call duck. They lay lovely large white eggs and are free range. They have their own house in the chicken pen and two ponds to swim in built by volunteers.
Adopt a Sheep A flock of Soay and Wiltshire Horn sheep (with Roger the ram), and Danny the Cotswold ram now in retirementthe Wiltshire Horns are our most local breed.  The  Soays are a rare breed originating from St Kilda Islands in the Western Isles of Scotland. They are the oldest domesticated breed in the country, and are very hardy and easy to keep. Their wool falls off naturally in the summer so we don’t need to shear them. 
goats Six pygmy goats, who are very popular on the farm! We have two fully grown females called Holly and Willow and a billy goat, Hawthorn. We were thrilled at the birth of a female kid called Primrose on the 22nd September, 2012 followed two days later by twin males called Acorn and Catkin! 
Adopt a Cow A herd of cattle are resident on the farm from April to October and are owned by a local farmer. The cattle are kept for beef and help to graze the fields in a way that encourages native wildflowers and grasses. All the fields are grazed in rotation and the herd is limited to 20 animals.
pigs Two Kune Kune sows and a Gloucester Old Spot sow and boar: Wilma, Bramble and Matilda are being reared as breeding sows.  New arrival Rufus, a Gloucester Old Spot boar, will be entertaining Matilda and Bramble during the coming months! Our pigs here at Bath City Farm are bred for their meat and the Gloucester Old Spot meat will be on sale in the farm shop early next year.
Guinea fowl, which are native to Africa, are the latest addition to our family of poultry.  We raised a flock of guinea fowl for the table and they were a very popular alternative with customers for Christmas.  We have kept three birds, who now live with our other poultry.  We are now raising more guinea fowl for the table as they have proven popular. 

Visitors are welcome to come and see the animals anytime, but please do not feed the animals as they need a balanced diet. Pigs can be fed apples, and chicken and duck feed is available from our farm shop or cafe.