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 toes on each foot. And, if you spot what looks like a ball of fluff on legs, you’ll have found our Golden Partridge Pekins. They have really cheeky characters and the antics of the younger ones should provide you with much amusement.
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 rosetted Abyssinian and the long-haired, silky Peruvian.
Some live in the wild in South America and are very social animals who live in large groups in grassy areas. They like to hide in rocks and burrows as they are often prey for larger meat-eating enemies.
They weigh, on average, 1 kilogram and have a life span of 4 to 7 years. They have a whole range of high-pitched squeaks, chatterings, chirrups and grunts and are sure to raise many a smile when they take up residence in the petting area of the farm.
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 a day. Just as Alpines, they are commonly used for commercial milking. The Saanen temperament is, as a rule, calm and mild mannered. Saanen goats are easier for children to handle, and are popular in the showmanship classes due to their calm nature. They typically breed every year, producing one or two kids.
They are strong, lively and inquisitive animals with soft and glossy fur which can be in a variety of colours including brown, white, black and mixed.
They are becoming increasingly popular as pets and are easy to look after.
They have hairy coats in a range of colours such as black and white, brown, cream or tan.
In the 1970s, the Kune Kune pig almost became extinct, but thanks initially to the work and dedication of two wildlife park owners, the species survived. In 1992, a few were imported into Britain and now the breed is no longer a threatened species.
They are delightful animals with a friendly and placid nature. They like human company and have become very popular as pets. They are very easy to train and some people even keep them indoors.
When you meet Dennis and Gnasher, Murton Farm’s own Kune Kune pigs we’re sure that you, too, will just adore these endearing animals.
We are very grateful to Arlene and Remo Medinelli for their generous and substantial donation towards the purchase of Ernie & Floppy, without which we would have been unable to secure these amazing animals.
Donkeys in the UK are mostly a grey dun colour, however some can be brown or black. Donkeys, like horses are measured in hands and can stand between 10 and 14 hands high. They are normally friendly and inquisitive animals.
Entry to the nature reserve is free.
See the Murton Farm page for details about entrance fees to the farm.
Murton Trust is situated on the A932 about 2.5 miles east of Forfar on the road to Arbroath.
JP Coaches now have a bus service that stops in our car park.
The route number is 117 and the details can be found on the Angus Council website. Our bus route is on page 14 of the timetable.