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Kelsey Creek Farm's annual Farm Fair (Oct 3, 2020) has been cancelled

Treat your family to year-round fun as your enjoy Kelsey Creek Farm's animals in every season!

Please follow Barnyard Etiquette:

  • Children must be supervised at all times.
  • Our animals are on special diets; DO NOT FEED THEM.
  • Stay on visitor pathways.
  • Don't climb on pens and fences. Our livestock exhibits are designed to protect both you and the animals.
  • Use quiet voices and quiet bodies.
  • Stand to the side when you encounter livestock on the paths and walkways.
  • No dogs are allowed in the barnyard area. Please do not leave your dog unattended.

BELLA - Bella is an Irish Dexter cow born in April 2009. She arrived on the farm in March 2010 as a yearling, along with her cow friend, Kylie. Bella is a lovely golden "dun" (brown) and has a friendly, outgoing personality. She is the standard-sized Dexter, in contrast to the short-legged variety.  

FRANNY - Franny is an Irish Dexter cow (female) who was born in September of 2018. Franny is spunky and friendly; her sweet nature has made her a favorite of visitors of all ages. Dexter cows came to the United States between 1905 and 1915. Dexters are tough, need a minimum of shelter and are incredibly efficient at extracting nutrition from sparse forage. Franny is used in many of our programs and classes as she loves making friends. Make sure to stop and say “Hi” to her on your next visit.

ERNIE - Ernie was born on March 3, 2009 at a family dairy in Monroe. Adopted at two weeks of age, Ernie became one of the stars in our annual spring educational tours and classes for children. He was bottle raised and trained as a companion animal, learning through positive reinforcement to walk on a leash and stand politely as children interact with him during the teacher's informative narrative. Ernie is a wether, meaning he is neutered. His breed, Oberhasli, is a variety of Swiss dairy goat found in the alpine regions. His coloration is particular to his breed: the rich mahogany brown overall, with black markings on his face and feet, and a dorsal stripe running down his back. Ernie is gentle and affectionate. He enjoys greeting visitors when they come to his pasture fence.

FARRAH - Farrah joined Kelsey Creek Farm in November 2016. She was adopted from Puget Sound Goat Rescue along with her companion, Kona. Farrah is a Toggenburg, a breed of Swiss dairy goat. Toggenburgs are the oldest known breed of alpine goat, first registered in the 1600s! Their name is derived from the valley where the breed originated. Farrah's color and pattern (overall beige with white markings) are particular to the breed, and no other is acceptable. "Toggs" (as they are affectionately known) have high milk production and and are known for their fun-loving high spirits. Toggenburgs came to the U.S. in 1893 and were shown for the first time at the Illinois State Fair in the early 1900s.

KONA - Kona and her companion, Farrah, were adopted from Puget Sound Goat Rescue in November 2016. Little Kona was surrendered when her owners could not afford veterinary care for her injuries after she survived a dog attack that sadly took the life of her twin brother. The excellent physical and emotional care she received at the sanctuary allowed her to heal nicely, leaving only minor issues with her neck tendons, and no apparent emotional scars. Born in November 2015, she was raised as a bottle baby and is as affectionate as any companion animal could possibly be. Her small stature is a result of stunted growth from her trauma, but she is otherwise perfect in every way. Kona is a French Alpine doe (female).
DIXIE - Dixie arrived at Kelsey Creek Farm in the spring of 2013 as part of a group of piglets borrowed for the spring education programs. Dixie is a cross between two old and well-favored British breeds, the Large Black and the Gloucestershire Old Spot (GOS). Dixie is a bright and happy hog. Our veterinarian estimates that she weighs approximately 750 pounds. Anticipating her future size, our staff started training her as a youngster, using positive reinforcement and behavior science. Dixie is an excellent student and has learned various actions such as backing up and waiting for her meals to be served.
 

Out in the waterfowl area, you will see a duck family enjoying their enclosed pasture area. Eleanor “Ellie,” Abigail “Abby,” Dolley, and Deena happily spend their days pulling at the grass, looking for tasty treats in the mud and bathing in their pool. Ellie, Abby, and Dolley are Muscovy ducks. They were hatched in Spring of 2018. You can easily spot the Muscovy sisters by the red growth (wattles) around their eyes and bills. This is a breed characteristic. Muscovy ducks are native to Mexico, Central and South America. Muscovy ducks are unique in that they do not “quack” like most ducks; instead, they make whispers, gurgles, and bubbly noises. They also wag their tail feathers when they are happy or excited. Deena is the fourth duck, and she is white with brown spotting over her body. Although Deena’s breed is uncertain, she appears to be a Welsh Harlequin. This breed originated in Wales in 1949 and came to the United States in 1968. These ducks are known for their docile temperament and active nature.

GUS - Gus is a Welsh pony. he was born in 1998 on a breeding farm in Oregon, and came to Kelsey as a four-year-old. His color is called roan, and the white patch on his face is called piebald or patterning. Gus has one blue eye and one brown eye. He is a gelding (neutered male) and stands 12 hands tall. Gus loves to play with other barnyard animals, especially the goats. When Gus isn't participating in children's lessons and classes, you will find him hanging out with his pasture pal, Winchester.

WINCHESTER - Winchester's gentle demeanor and small size makes him one of the most beloved ponies at Kelsey Creek Farm. He was born in 1997 on a Welsh pony breeding farm in Oregon and came to Kelsey Creek Farm as a five-year-old. His color is called bay, which means that his coat is a dark brown and his mane, tail and legs are black. Winchester is a gelding (neutered male), and he stands at 12 hands tall (48") at the withers. 

BENNY - Benny is a Shetland pony.  He was born in 1999 and came to Kelsey Creek Farm from a family farm in Sultan in Spring 2019.  He is light brown from head to tail - known as "sorrel."  He is a gelding (neutered male) and stands a little over 11 hands high (a "hand" is four inches).  Benny is best friends with Rascal.  A gentle fellow, he is a great favorite of everyone he meets. 

RASCAL - Rascal is a Pinto pony.  He was born in 2010 and is a gelding (neutered male).  He came to Kelsey Creek Farm from Sultan in 2019 along with his best buddy, Benny.  Pintos are bred for their color patterns and can be almost any breed.  There are different names for the various types of Pinto patterns.  Rascal is a "Bay" (black/brown) "Tobiano" (colored markings on white).  He is around 12 hands tall.  Rascal's enthusiasm and flashy color attract a lot of attention! 

TWINKLES - Twinkles is a Coopworth ewe (female) born on February 24, 2006 on Orcas Island. Twinkles was the smallest of the triplets born to her mother, Mossy. While Mossy was a very good mother, it soon became apparent that Twinkles' two older siblings were getting most of the milk. This made Twinkles a "bummer" lamb (this term was coined because the lambs lacking milk often try to "bum" milk from other sheep to supplement their diet). Twinkles joined the farm family's other bummer lambs, and both lived in a children's playhouse outside! Twinkles and her little friend soon learned to sneak into the kitchen through the dog door to ask for their bottles! 

STAR - Star was born on March 23, 2006 on Orcas Island. Her birth was a complete surprise to the farmer, as her mother was an old ewe that was supposed to be retired from breeding. Her mother had no milk, and she and her twin barely survived that first night. One of the most important things for a new lamb is to have their mother's milk within hours of birth. They were bottle fed and had a great deal of love and care. And now Star is a part of the Kelsey Creek Farm flock.

BOBCAT ("BOB") and SHAUN - Bob and his buddy, Shaun, were born on Orcas Island in the spring of 2014. Bob was the special pet of the farm family's children and is very gentle. Shaun was a surprise third lamb in a set of triplets. He was bottle-raised, as his mother could only support two of the three lambs. Shaun is good-natured and affectionate and, due to being bottle-raised, has a slightly brash and mischievous nature. These two boys arrived at Kelsey Creek Farm in the fall of 2014. Both of these boys will readily come to the pasture fence for attention, patiently standing while little hands explore their woolly coats.

Bob and Shaun are Cotswolds, one of the most ancient of heritage sheep breeds from Great Britain. Hailing from the Cotswold Hills in Gloucester (midland country on the British Channel), the breed's name is derived from its environment. In the early days, the sheep were housed in shelters locally known as "cots" or "cotes" which were set up in the barren hill areas known as "wolds" or "wealds." The breed has been recorded in agricultural notes as far back as the period when Caesar made his conquest on the British Isles, about 54 B.C.!

BASIL - Basil joined Kelsey Creek Farm in December 2015. Basil was born in June 2014 to one of our local 4-H families. Basil is an English Spot, and his color is called Blue Tort (tortoiseshell). Considered the oldest of the 'fancy" breeds (those bred for particular markings), the breed was first noted around the 1850s. The English Spot's body is overall white with colored ears and eye patches, a line running down the back (called herringbone), an array of spots on their sides, and an interesting marking on their noses known as a "butterfly." This breed of rabbit weighs about five to eight pounds and has a long, lean build. Most show rabbits are trained to sit quietly on a piece of carpet while being judged. The Spot is actually judged on how fluid they are when they run back and forth on a table!

SPAULDING - Spaulding is a Dutch rabbit buck (male) who joined Kelsey Creek Farm in June 2017 after retiring from his career as a 4-H show rabbit. Born in 2012, he was ready for a more relaxed lifestyle. The Dutch rabbit is easy to identify by its distinct color pattern. The front feet, shoulders to the midriff, and back feet are white, while the bunny appears to be wearing a mask over its face and ears, as well as its "britches." The mask and hind end are a solid color. The Dutch has a nice temperament and makes a good pet. Their average lifespan is seven to ten years.
 

The Poultry Coop at Kelsey Creek Farm displays a variety of poultry breeds, with the south side coop housing the standard size chickens, and the north side coop has the Bantams.

Because of their small size, people often think that the Bantams are half-grown chickens. There are actually two types of Bantams - true Bantams and Miniatures. True Bantams, like the Silkies, have no larger standard size counterpart breeds.

Miniatures are poultry that have been selectively bred down in size and are perfect replicas of their larger cousins. Miniatures tend to be very good egg layers, many of the true Bantams aren't.

One of the exceptions is the Silkie breed. They are not only excellent layers, but are so determined to hatch their chicks that they're notorious for hiding their eggs to keep them. They have even been known to tuck their eggs under their wings, so when lifted up, there is nothing left under them! Just like their larger breed cousins, different breeds of Bantams lay different colors of eggs, but they are about 30% to 50% smaller.