NEW YEARS “FIRST DAY” HIKE AT WINTERPAST FARM

NEW YEARS DAY HIKE opportunities abound in North Carolina this year. If you come to Winterpast Farm you can hike and explore ten fenced acres with a llama and emu! And sheep, pregnant goats, pigs and more! Farmer Mary would like to see any other state park offer that special opportunity!

Get outdoors more in 2014 and make some memories with family and friends before the rain expected on Thursday! See www.winterpast.org “your visit” tab to learn how to arrange a visit.
OPEN every day this week from around 10:00 til dark. OPEN all day Saturday and after 11:00 on Sunday.

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BACK PORCH FARM THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY TODAY

Farmer Mary and son, Alex, took a few of the sweet animals from Winterpast Farm to Chapel Hill to help celebrate turning three.

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RENT BACKYARD CHICKENS TO TRY IT OUT BEFORE YOU DECIDE

Many visitors to Winterpast Farm are familiar with Farmer Mary’s RENT-A-RABBIT program. She also rents guinea pigs, baby chicks, ducklings (seasonal), a piglet…
A week gives most families a chance to see if this particular animal is a good fit for them and some families rent just for fun.

Farmer Mary recently came across a company that will rent you chickens for two weeks to try them out for a while. Here is information from the company:

Rent A Chicken Experience program is the perfect solution! You’ll get to try out ownership, but without the commitment and at a fraction of the cost! The program is simple, and works like this:

For a fee of $125 (plus refundable $50 security deposit), for a period of two weeks, we will place at your home our chicken tractor, two of our award-winning Heritage Breed laying hens, bedding material, feeder and waterer, enough of our locally sourced all natural feed to last, a short instructional/Q&A session, and an FAQ handout. You’ll enjoy daily fresh eggs (usually one per hen per day), and experience for yourself how easy these birds are to care for. After two weeks, we will come back and remove the entire operation.

We advertise this “instant” setup for sale without the rental for $400. Should you want to purchase the setup at your home at the end of the rental period, we would offer it to you for $350. You can keep the hens you rented if you choose, or we can provide you with another pair of hens of most common breeds. We can also recommend and supply you with coops, hens, and accessories should you want to set up a larger flock.

We are located between Garner and Clayton, not far from I-40 Exit 306. Due to gas prices, a delivery fee of $25 may be added if you are more than about 25 miles from us.

Find out if a backyard flock is right for your family with The Triangle’s ORIGINAL Rent A Chicken!

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Call 919-88O-2923.

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Try it and let Farmer Mary know how it goes!

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BORED KIDS? RENT A TEMPORARY PET FOR A WEEK THIS HOLIDAY!

Did you know you can rent a pet from Winterpast Farm? For $35 (for most small animals) you get the animal, cage, feed and everything you need for a week. Farmer Mary mostly rents guinea pigs and bunnies. She has also rented baby goat on a bottle to a girls slumber birthday party, a variety of farm animals to a country style event, a piglet to a family who was considering buying a pig (that family learned alot, had fun, and did not buy a pig pet!) She has rented a goat to be jokingly exchanged for a bride at a wedding, a baby goat, ducklings, chicks, a hen…just ask! Families and individuals rent for a wide variety of reasons:

Considering adding a furry friend to your household? Rent first and try it out instead of buying!

Dad out of town on a business trip? Miss him a bit less with a new furry friend to take care of.

Grandkids coming for a weekend or for a holiday? Rent a nice bunny and be their very favorite Grandparent!!

Stepkids coming for a stay? Rent a pet to help ease the transition.

Homeschool family studying animals…check with Farmer Mary and rent something interesting to watch develop!

TEMPORARY CLASSROOM PET option works like this. You rent a pet and then ask your child’s classroom teacher if s/he would like a temporary classroom pet; it might be one day, two..or all week. Meanwhile the child is “king of the classroom”, the parents who provided the animal are considered great, and the entire class enjoys a temporary furry or feathered friend. And, the family probably learns they don’t need to buy a pet..why buy when you can take it back to Winterpast Farm and, later on, rent something else?

This rental all helps pay to feed and house all the many many former pets who now live at Winterpast Farm.

Even if you don’t rent a pet, pass on the news to friends and let’s help recycle existing pets instead of creating more!

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Here Farmer Mary’s son, Alex, helps take a rental cage to a car.

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Currently these two guinea pigs are our most popular. They go, usually as a pair, for $45 for a week. Their names are RAINBOW and OREO. They like to be brushed and don’t mind hairstyling fun!

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MAKE A PEACOCK FEATHER TUTU FOR YOUR CHILD

Farmer Mary found this link to a really lovely tutu adorned with felt “feathers”

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See the link:
www.thetraintocrazy.com/…diy-peacock-costume-tutorial.html

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