We are not actually a working farm. We are a smallholding, and all the animals we keep here are pets only. None are raised for meat, and all are part of the family, and have their own individual characters.
Burrow Wood Farm has 10 acres, most of which is occupied by the wondrous array of animals we have been lucky enough to have live with us. Most we have rehomed from various animals charities – and yes, that includes the farm animals! In fact, they have their own Facebook page, which can be found at Mini the Sheep and Friends where you can keep up with their current and past antics!
We have four male llamas – Yoda, Samba, Freddie and K9. They will eat llama nuts from your hands
Our 5 pigs are all rescues. We have 3 Kune Kune pigs, and two so called “micro pigs”. The two males Kune Kune’s both came to us from the RSPCA, having been badly mistreated. They are full of character. Piglocks is the black one, and Harry is the brown one. The female Kune Kune, Ursula, is black and white, and, along with two female black micro pigs, Sylvie and Evie, was were rescued from a nearby farm, where they had been abandoned by previous owners. As you will see when you meed Sylvie and Evie, there is not much about them that is micro! There really is no such breed of pig, which is why so many end up needing new homes, as suddenly have something 15 stone waddling around your house, is not so much fun! All the pigs will come to their names, if they feel like it, or if you have food! Mostly they like to sleep a lot, and eat a lot!
Mini is by far our most famous resident, as she often features on Claire’s business page, Little Burrow Designs, where people have followed her story since she was born and rejected by her mother, and as such had to be hand raised. She has no idea she is a sheep, and thinks she is somewhere between a child and a dog. She is extremely mischievous, very playful, and loves company. She too will come if you call her. Our other sheep all mixed breed, with one rare breed North Ronaldsay called Wally (he has little horns).
The two big white geese you will see wandering around our garden are Goosey Gander and Goosey Lucy.
Dogs and Cats (and a sheep who thinks she is a dog!)
Too numerous to mention all by name, but all very cute!