Friday, March 2, 2012

Frying Pan Farm Animals Birthing Schedule



I wrote a review of Frying Pan Farm  way back in October. Since this was only my 3rd post ever and I'm sure most of you missed it...pardon me as I repost it.... 

On what was perhaps the last gasp of summer, I took my daughter to Frying Pan Farm in Herndon, VA. I had noticed over the last month that she has developed a real fascination with animals.

My father and step-mother were visiting from West Virginia and I was struggling to come up with how to entertain them. Our apartment is a bit too small to handle 5 adults and a baby all day long and my Mountain Man Father isn't too big on boutique shopping in Old Town. So, although it was a long drive (45 minutes) from Alexandria, it ended up being totally worth it. Plus, it meant the baby had two built in nap-times.

The farm seemed to be a very popular destination for the under 7 set, but I think most elementary students would find it an engaging place. The high-light of the trip for my 6 month-old was the animals. Lots of squeals, waving of the arms and wiggles.

Overall, the animals seemed well-taken care of, although the free roaming chickens looked a little rough and the peacocks seemed depressed in their small enclosure. We caught the piglets during play-time. Pure cuteness. We also checked out the ducks, turkeys, goats, sheep, draft horses, calves and rabbits. Total heaven for a kid who adores "Old MacDonald Had a Farm."

At $1.75 for a ticket, it was well worth the photo-op to go on the wooden carousal. Lina was too tiny to really get into the experience, but everyone else on the ride had a blast. We saved the wagon-ride for next time. There were two playgrounds that seemed popular but my kiddo had more fun convincing her Nana to help her walk around the grass.

My sister and her boyfriend checked out the Country Store and found some interesting books. There were plenty of picnic tables in the shade and we definitely weren't the only other family to pack a picnic lunch. Before we left, we couldn't resist a stop at the child-size tracters. All-in-all a success! My Farmer Dad felt at home and my Farmer Daughter was all smiles during the trip. Looking forward to returning a few times every year.

Below is a list of the farm animals that are due to birth in March...what an amazing thing to witness...

Farm Animal Babies: 2012 Birthing Schedule

Cattle

Breed
Name
Due
Black Angus Heifer
C
Feb 23 earliest
Hereford Cow
Missy
Feb 23 to March 15
Guernsey Cow
Gertrude
Feb 18 to March 15




Sheep

Breed
Name
Due
Suffolk Ewe
ID
Feb 18 to March 5
Black Suffolk
Fern
Feb 18 to March 5
Suffolk Ewe
Annie
Feb 18 to March 5
Dorset
Meg
March 1 to March 10
Suffolk Ewe 182
Gwen
March 1 to March 10
Pigs

Breed
Name
Due
Blue butt Sow
Stella
March 4
Yorkshire Sow
Dream
March 5
Spot Sow
Shar-pei
March 11
Duroc Gilt
Roque
March 8

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