- Goats and sheep don’t have teeth on their upper jaw. They have a hard palate that helps them grind their food.
- Goats are great companions for other farm animals, including horses, cows, and chickens.
- Goats are among the cleanest of animals and are great swimmers.
- Goats do eat many different species of plants, but won’t eat food that has been contaminated or has been on the floor or the ground.
- Chickens are the closest living relative to the T-Rex.
- Chickens have over 200 distinct noises they can make for communicating.
- Chickens can recognize up to 100 faces of people or animals!
- Mother hens talk to their chicks when they are still in the egg.
- Mother hens can show their babies what is good to eat and what is not.
- Chickens have more bones in their necks than giraffes.
- Pigs are considered the 4th most intelligent animal (after chimpanzees, dolphins, and elephants).
- Pigs learn their own names quickly and respond to simple voice commands.
- Pigs can run 11 miles per hour – that is faster than a six-minute mile!
- Pigs don’t have sweat glands, so they must roll in mud to stay cool and prevent sunburns.
- Pigs are family-oriented.
- 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 groups together.
- Cows drink the equivalent of a bathtub full of water each day.
- Cows can see in color and can smell up to six miles away.
- Donkeys are not dumb. They have excellent memories and can remember places very well.
- They are very cautious and brave, always alert, and watching for trouble.
- A donkey will never get involved in an activity if it considers it to be unsafe.
- A boy donkey is called a jack. A girl donkey is called a jenny.
- Donkeys can form extremely close bonds with other donkeys.
- Only male turkeys can “gobble.”
- Turkeys make a purring sound when they are content, just like cats do.
- Turkeys are able to see in color and have a 270 degree field of vision.
- Turkeys have great hearing, but no external ears.
- Turkeys can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour and fly as fast as 55 miles per hour.
- Rabbits sleep 8 to 9 hours each day.
- When rabbits are happy, they will jump in the air and twist and spin around, this is called a “binky”!
- Rabbit whiskers are as long as its body is wide. This helps to figure out whether or not it will fit through a tight space.
- Rabbits have 28 teeth that never stop growing.
- Rabbits can sleep with their eyes open.
- Rabbits lick each other and humans as a sign of affection.
- Alpacas are docile and soft animals that are kept as pets around the world and can live up to 25 years.
- Alpacas are herbivorous animals that feed upon grass leaves and stems. They have a three-chambered stomach.
- Alpacas are social creatures and can become very stressed if separated from their companions.
- Alpaca mothers always have their offspring in the morning, the offspring will then have the whole day to dry off, begin walking around and go back to its mother for nursing before the temperatures begin to drop in the evening.
- Baby alpacas are called “crias” and they can weigh up to 20 pounds at birth.
- Alpacas hum when they are curious, worried, content, bored, fearful, distressed, or cautious.