80 Fun Facts About Farm Animals
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Twenty things you ought to know about cows
- Cows love each other . . . at least some do.
- Cows babysit for each other.
- Cows nurse grudges.
- Cows invent games.
- Cows take umbrage.
- Cows can communicate with people.
- Cows can solve problems.
- Cows make friends for life.
- Cows have food preferences.
- Cows can be unpredictable.
- Cows can be good company.
- Cows can be boring.
- Cows can be intelligent.
- Cows love music.
- Cows can be gentle.
- Cows can be aggressive.
- Cows can be dependable.
- Cows can be forgiving.
- Cows can be obstinate.
- Cows can be wise.
Twenty things you ought to know about hens
- Hens sing when they are happy and enjoy listening to music.
- Hens chop up food into small pieces for their chicks.
- Hens ‘cluck’ constantly to reassure their chicks.
- Hens stretch, flap, fly, run, paddle and sunbathe.
- Hens are fastidious and preen their feathers regularly.
- Hens dust-bathe as part of their cleaning process.
- Hens are inquisitive.
- Hens are playful and can always amuse themselves whatever the weather.
- Hens are sociable and have many different ‘speaking’ voices.
- Hens suffer badly from fear and shock.
- Hens respond to kindness and attention.
- Hens love a varied diet . . .
- . . . and clean, pure water . . .
- . . . and (preferably) ripe fruit . . .
- . . . and meat, raw or cooked . . .
- . . . and some hens like brassica . . .
- and all like wheat and barley, whole and sprouted.
- Hens need grit in their diet.
- Hens make friends . . .
- and sometimes spurn newcomers.
Twenty things you ought to know about sheep
- Sheep can be very companionable and amazingly compassionate.
- Sheep can be highly intelligent.
- Sheep can be very dim.
- Sheep always run uphill if they sense danger.
- Sheep are usually gentle and unaggressive.
- Most sheep have long, woolly tails to keep them warm.
- Sheep can live on grass alone but like other things too such as . . .
- . . . tree leaves and apples.
- A sheep’s thick coat protects it from heat and cold.
- Sheep can stand very cold weather better than cows, pigs or hens.
- Some sheep have good powers of concentration and can watch television.
- Some sheep have butterfly minds and can cause accidents.
- Sheep seem to prefer running water to still water to drink.
- Sheep have very long memories.
- Sheep play almost continually when they are young . . .
- . . . and sometimes when they are old they have pretend fights.
- Sheep have several different ways of ‘speaking’.
- Sheep like fresh air and wind.
- Sheep can be conceited.
- Sheep can be delightfully affectionate…. and, of course, you cannot pull the wool over their eyes.
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Twenty things you ought to know about pigs
- Pigs take life easy, like comfort and sleep a lot.
- Pigs like to be waited on.
- Pigs like being allowed to build nests before farrowing.
- Pigs cover themselves in wet mud . . .
- . . . and let it dry and fall off, leaving them clean.
- Pigs are very particular about personal hygiene . . .
- . . . and always keep their living quarters clean . . .
- . . . and are the only domestic animal to make a lavatory outside.
- Pigs ‘make’ their beds every day.
- Mother pigs make the beds for their piglets.
- Pigs need clean water to drink and plenty of water to wash in.
- Pig’s tails are curly if they are happy . . .
- . . . and straight if they are not.
- Pigs hate draughts.
- Pigs can get sun-burned.
- Pigs are very strong.
- Pigs are usually gentle and make very nice friends but . . .
- . . . pigs can be dangerous if threatened or hungry.
- Pigs need a varied and interesting diet.
- Pigs always choose the best, most organic food if given the chance.
Reprinted with permission from THE SECRET LIFE OF COWSby Rosamund Young and published by Penguin Press, 2008, 2017.
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