Children's Farmyard

  • We have a variety of chicken breeds, including Cream Legbar, Polish, and Copper Maran. They can typically be found foraging, sunbathing, and dirt bathing near the Farm Barn.
  • Tess (in front) is a Belgian draft horse and Georgia is a Georgian Grande.  Draft horses are strong enough to do the same work as many machines!
  • Yaya, Honeybee, and Magpie are Nubian goats, which have long, floppy ears. Can you pick them out here? Zola and Raisin are our alpine goats.
  • We milk a herd of Brown Swiss dairy cows twice a day, and make cheddar cheese from their milk. You often can see the herd out on pasture grazing. (Due to COVID, all barns are closed to visitors at this time.)
  • These yearling cows (and future milk makers) rotate around the farm to keep our pastures healthy and nutritious. They are always on the move so you never know where you will see them next. Keep an eye out for them from our trails.
  • Did you know that Shelburne Farms also raises beef cows? These Red Angus and Brown Swiss crosses are redder in color than the Brown Swiss cows. See if you can spot any in our pastures.
  • Look out for our production sheep flock that provides us with meat and wool.  Like the cows and heifers, they are rotationally grazed across the land. You will also find a small flock of education sheep on pasture behind the Farm Barn. 
  • Our turkey poults (young turkeys) are hatching soon and are a combination of 3 heritage breeds: Royal Palm, Narragansett, and Standard Bronze. They will move to the Farmyard in late June once their immune systems are strong and they no longer need their heat lamp.
  • Fanta is both a staff house cat and our Farmyard mouser. You may spot her hunting voles and mice in the animal pastures, sharpening her claws on the wooden fencing, or just casually walking by as she heads home for a drink of water and a nap.
  • The mobile coop is home to a flock of pullets (young hens) who will eventually join our production flock (their eggs are sold in our Farm Store). Hens begin to lay eggs at around 6 months old!
  • You can find Willow, our English Angora rabbit, in her outdoor hutch on pleasant days. Her long, soft hair can be spun into yarn!

 

Updated June 23, 2021

The Children’s Farmyard is not offering formal staff-led activities on-site this season, but you are welcome to walk to the Farmyard and visit with your favorite farm animals. A staff member is generally on hand to answer your questions. And you can start by exploring this page! 
NOTE: There is no wagon shuttle from the Welcome Center to the Farm Barn.

Animal Introductions

“For You or Your Family” Blogs


Storywalk

Location: Lone Tree Hill trail
Currently on Display: Hank’s Big Day: The story of a bug, by Evan Kuhlman  (Author), Chuck Groenink  (Illustrator)

Follow an entertaining children’s storybook as it’s displayed page by page along the trail.  Your family can read as you walk, letting the story unfold with every step. Check back here for new stories as we post new books every few months.  StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.