Name our new ferrets!

Would you like to name one of our young ferrets and win a year long sponsorship of that ferret? This year our ferrets had a number of babies. We have 1 male and 3 female ferrets. We would be delighted if you would help us choose their names. They are all lively and inquisitive little animals and all […]

Murton Farm Babies

Our ferrets and guinea pigs have been busy this summer and would now like to introduce their new babies! Come visit us soon to see our latest furry additions playing in their pens with their brothers and sisters

Guinea Fowl

Guinea Fowl are native to Africa, but the helmeted Guinea fowl has been domesticated and introduced across the world. They like to eat insects and seeds and are ground nesting. Most species of Guinea fowl have a dark grey or blackish plumage with dense white spots. Guinea fowl mate for life, all guinea fowl are […]

Grey Partridge

The native Grey Partridge has suffered a dramatic decline in recent years In the days before intensive agriculture, many of our field and land boundaries were bordered with hedgerows rich in flowers, thorns and berries which provided food, cover and nesting sites for a wide variety of birds. Now, however, modern farming practices and a […]

Red and Yellow Golden Pheasants

We have both Red and Yellow Golden Pheasants at Murton. Golden Pheasants are characterised by their strong differences between the sexes. The males are highly ornate with bright colours and adornments such as wattles and long tails. Look out for their deep orange ‘capes’ which they spread in display. These give the appearance of an […]

Ducks

On the farm’s pond, you’ll see a range of handsome Ducks. They are Cayuga Ducks an American breed of duck and take their name from Lake Cayuga in the state of New York. Indian Runner Ducks described as the most peculiar duck with a thin neck and long body. In the 1830’s it was commonly […]

Chickens

We have a wide variety of chickens who live in pens around the farm. Here you’ll see many exotic breeds such as the White Cochin with their feathery feet and the graceful Red-Saddled Yokohama. Look out also for the Red Silkies – they’ve been a popular breed since the 13th century and they have five […]

Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs originated in the Andes – they do not come from Guinea and they are not pigs! They were introduced into Europe by traders in the 16th century and have become very popular as household pets. There are three major varieties of guinea pig – the short smooth-coated English American or Bolivian, the harsh-coated […]

Rabbits

Rabbits are not native to Britain but were brought over by the Romans as a source of food and fur. They have two sets of incisor teeth, which distinguishes them from rodents. Their breeding season lasts 9 months from February to October and the normal gestation period is 30 days.

Saanen Goats

Saanen Goats are a white or cream-colored breed of goat named for the Saanen valley in Switzerland. They are the largest of the goat dairy breeds. The Saanen also produces the most milk on average, and tends to have a lower butterfat content, about 2.5%-3.0%. A Saanen nanny produces around an average of 1 gallon […]