Pet Rentals (updated price May 2016)

Did you know you can rent a pet from Winterpast Farm? For $40 you get the animal, cage, feed and everything you need for a week. This price is for bunnies, guinea pigs and groups of chicks and ducklings. Goat and lamb and hedgehog rental is by the day or overnight with price explained below.  

Text Farmer Mary with specific requests. Please check posted open dates/hours and  try not to ask to pick up rental animals on days we are posted closed. Please state dates you want rental, ages that will interact with the animal, the reason for the rental, remind Farmer Mary if you have rented or visited the farm, request a pickup time-try to provide as much information possible so Farmer Mary can simply reply “yes” and avoid endless back and forth texts. 919-244-1800. Please do not FB message, Instagram message, leave voice mails, or try to email. Texting ONLY please. 919-244-1800


Farmer Mary mostly rents guinea pigs and bunnies. Quite often photographers rent bunnies, chicks, even a baby lamb. 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!


PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE POST INSTEAD OF CALLING WITH QUESTIONS THAT ARE ALL ANSWERED HERE. If you are interested, it is always best to TEXT Farmer Mary at 919-244-1800 to ask about scheduling a rental.  

Text Farmer Mary with specific requests. Please check posted open dates/hours and try not to ask to pick up rental animals on days we are posted closed. Please state dates you want rental, ages that will interact with the animal, the reason for the rental, remind Farmer Mary if you have rented or visited the farm, request a pickup time-try to provide as much information possible so Farmer Mary can simply reply “yes” and avoid endless back and forth texts. 919-244-1800. Please do not FB message, Instagram message, leave voice mails, or try to email. Texting ONLY please. 919-244-1800

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! Most rentals are for a week, although it usually can be extended (or shortened)

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!
When you rent a bunny or guinea pig you get:

1. a bunny (sometimes you get to pick from a few; sometimes Farmer Mary picks. If you pick please be aware you will only spend a few moments doing this. A bunny pick up (or drop off) is NOT a farm tour. A farm tour can be arranged at that time, but is a separate event with $10 per person admission.) When you arrive please remind Farmer Mary you are here for a bunny rental so she does not assume you are at the farm for a tour. Please plan to pay with exact change or check. 

 PLEASE tell Farmer Mary if you are renting specifically to try out a potential pet. Some bunnies are NOT available for adoption. Some are. If you bring along a food treat the bunny selection process will go more smoothly sonce our animals are used to being fed a treat while they sit on a lap.

2. A “bunny bag” which holds food, hay, water and food bowls, newspaper for bedding (some choose to buy their own shredded bedding-feel free), care instruction sheet, and a book about bunnies (or guinea pigs) so your child can read more. 


Sometimes a folding pet pen goes along (Farmer Mary loves when these are donated!) so your child and bunny can safely spend some time outdoors together. PLEASE RETURN THEM!!
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It is up to YOU entirely to see if your existing pets or pets in your neighborhood get along with the rental animals. Always assume dogs won’t.

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LIZZIE LOU the goat was rented to be, jokingly, exchanged for the wife at an outdoor wedding in Chapel Hill.  The brides dad was happy to learn she was a rental!

IMG_5839.JPGBaby chicks or ducklings are occasionally available to rent. Fun for a classroom if you want to gift a teacher. Ask your teacher first!

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Goat and lamb rentals are growing in popularity. One day is $40. Overnight is $50. They can travel in your lap or in a  crate provided by Farmer Mary. Teenage boys have been asking girls to prom with baby goats. Others rent for fun. It is very important to not allow a goat or lamb to eat toxic plants while they are in your care. They could die. Best way to avoid is do not allow the animal to eat any plants anyone paid to plant. And no grass that has been chemically treated.


RENTING SPECIFICS

If you decide you want to rent please look at Farmer Mary’s open hours and text to ask if you can come a bit before or after (if possible). Please be very specific in your text about date and time and please don’t ask to come on a day she is closed. Please bring a food snack for trying out potential animals. This could be kale, green beans, a carrot, celery…

Please do not assume you will have the chance to try more than a few animals. Farmer Mary knows best! Please don’t expect to stick around more than a very few moments to get your animal as Farmer Mary will probably have other paying farm visitors who need her attention. Plan on paying for a farm visit if you want to see all the other animals.


Hedgehog rental is $40 for a day or overnight. Currently we have VINNIE the hedgehog who is pretty good about coming out during the day. Most hedgehogs sleep all day and are not a good pet unless you are up all night.  VINNIE is very popular at e farm and at away events and is not always available for rental.
Thank you for supporting a small local farm family.  If you decide you want to rent please look at Farmer Mary’s open hours and text to ask if you can come a bit before or after (if possible). Please be specific about date and time and don’t ask to come on a day she is closed.   Please bring a food snack for trying out potential animals. Please do not assume you will have the chance to try more than a few animals. Farmer Mary knows best! Please don’t expect to stick around more than a very few moments to get your animal as Farmer Mary will probably have other paying farm visitors who need her attention. Plan on paying for a farm visit if you want to see all the other animals.

Texting Farmer Mary is always best. 919-244-1800

Sweet note below from a happy rentor of CINNAMON TOAST the guinea pig. She asked me to pass it along to anyone who rents CINNAMON TOAST.

Text Farmer Mary with specific animal rental requests. Please check posted open dates/hours and try not to ask to pick up rental animals on days we are posted closed. Please state dates you want rental, ages that will interact with the animal, the reason for the rental, remind Farmer Mary if you have rented or visited the farm, request a pickup time-try to provide as much information possible so Farmer Mary can simply reply “yes” and avoid endless back and forth texts. 919-244-1800. Please do not FB message, Instagram message, leave voice mails, or try to email. Texting ONLY please. 919-244-1800

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