Adoption at the MSPCA

Interesting Facts About Farm Animals

  • Goats and sheep don’t have teeth on their upper jaw.  They have a hard palate that helps them grind their food.

     

    Brown Betty, with her babies Stewie and Cleveland.  All were adopted from Nevins Farm.
  • Goats are great companions for other farm animals, including horses, cows, and chickens.

  • Sheep make a bleating sound. A baby lamb can identify its mother by her bleat.

  • One mature ewe (female sheep) produces 7 to 10 pounds of newly shorn wool a year - enough to make a man's suit.

  • Goats were the first animal to be domesticated, according to many historians.

  • The goat is among the cleanest of animals, and is a much more selective feeder than cows, sheep, pigs, chickens and even dogs. Goats do eat many different species of plants, but do not want to eat food that has been contaminated or that has been on the floor or the ground.

  • The chicken is the closest living relative to the T-Rex.

  • Some breeds of chickens can lay colored eggs. The Ameraucana and Araucana can lay eggs of green or blue.

  • Chickens have over 200 distinct noises they can make for communicating.

  • Pigs are considered the 4th most intelligent animal (after chimpanzees, dolphins, and elephants).

  • A group of pigs is called a "sounder."

  • Cows can recognize their names (though they may not come when called!).

  • Cows have a memory of about three years.

  • Cows are social animals who form bonds with each other. In a herd of cows, many will form cliques together.

  • Female sheep are called ewes, male sheep are called rams, and baby sheep are called lambs.

  • A female goat is called a doe.

  • Goats are great swimmers.

  • Some wild goats can climb trees and can walk along a ledge not much wider than a tightrope.

  • Female ducks are called hens and male ducks are called drakes.

  • Ducklings are born ready to leave the nest within hours of hatching - their eyes are open and they are able to find some of their own food.

  • Geese are faithful, mate for life, and mourn when their partner dies.

  • A male goose is called a gander, and a group of geese is called a gaggle.

  • Pigs can run 11 miles per hour - that's faster than a six minute mile!

  • Sheep have two toes on each foot.

  • Cows can sense a storm coming and will lie down.

  • Goats have rectangular pupils, allowing them to see well in the dark.

  • Ducks' feathers are waterproof. A special gland near the tail produces oil that spreads and covers the outer coats of feathers.

  • Pigs don't have sweat glands, so they must roll in mud to stay cool and prevent sunburns.