Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cute Chickens at the Zoo

More from the Staten Island Zoo!  One of the coolest thing about the zoo was that they had a lot of farm animals on the premises, that were part of the "petting zoo" area. They had information about how to raise and care for them. This is not something I often see at the zoo and I was so impressed that the Staten Island Zoo had these animals here so that us "city folk" and their kids could see horses, pigs, chickens, goats, and sheep. These animals maybe common place if you live near farms or on a farm but here, most farms I know are a good 1-2 hours drive away.  I know people who grew up in the city and have never seen these animals in person! Even myself, I grew up in surburban New Jersey, and the first time I "pet" a pig, goat, horse, chicken, was on my husband's family farm, 3 years ago. LOL, boy have I live a sheltered life!  This is one of the bantam chickens that was living at the Staten Island zoo.  Isn't she beautiful?  I love her "hair".  My husband's family has a few bantams and they are so small and cute.  They also lay the cutest little eggs.  I think if we do decide to raise chickens, I would like to try bantams.  They seem very manageable. 
I also pulled some photos from the vault (circa 2007) so you could see my first visit to the family farm.  I thought this was appropriate because next week we are going there for "vacation".  I normally don't like posting pictures of myself, but I thought these photos were pretty funny and decided to share them and share a laugh.  Here I am feeding the pigs for the very first time, but the chickens gathered around me because they love pig feed too.  LOL.
In this photo, I am feeding Grace, the Belgian Horse.  She was a youngster in this photo, just about a year old if I remember correctly.  She used to be my height, but not anymore!  Now she towers over me.  She is so beautiful.

I thought all you cats and dogs out there would love this photo.  Baby ducks and chicks.  So cute!  This sounds so silly, but I had no idea that ducklings were yellow!  I mean, I've only ever seen yellow ducks as toys as a kid or in books.   These are white ducks when they are full grown but the babies are bright yellow. 
And this is what I mean about sharing a laugh.  This is me holding one of the baby pigs.  My father-in-law asked me if I wanted to hold one and I was so excited because they were so cute! He said pigs "squeal" when they are held, it's not because they are hurt, but that they are scared.  Okay, I wasn't prepared for this even though he warned me about the squealing.  This little piggy SQUEALED!!  My face says it all!


Angel and Kirby said...

I was raised in the country and we learned about farm animals early. It is hard to tell if you are happy or not holding that pig!

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

Ahhh, those birdies of all shapes & sizes look especially yummy.....err....cute.
That piggie is a cute fellow. We have guinea pigs and he reminds us of them, except bigger.

Diamond said...

the zoo and the farm both look like fun.

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

This has been a fun series of photos to see...thanks for sharing!

AttieCattie said...

gah!!! these weird creatures scares the temptayshuns outta me!

William said...

What fun pictures! I think I'd like to have a piglet of my own. And baby ducks and chickens and stuff.

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