One of the farm’s newest attractions is also one of the oldest … our windmill! Pumping water to the old homestead in the 1800’s and later providing water for the farm animals, the farm’s original windmill is once again an attraction on the farm.
The windmill top you see today is the Aeromotor 702 model, as the story goes the top portion was replaced sometime in the 1900’s. The windmill stands today in the same location it did well over 100 years ago. The windmill set idle and broken in the field after it blew down in a winter storm 15 years ago. In the spring of 2013 Scott had it fully restored and erected in the exact location that it once was and it is fully operational.
Powered by the wind and pumping water from the old well to supply the pond and the waterfall. It is a step back in time, to a day when life was at a slower pace, a ladle might be found by the pump for farm hands and neighbors to get an icy cold drink of water, but also a step forward to today when wind and windmills of a different kind are becoming power sources.
Have you fed the Budgies yet? If you haven’t visited our Aviary — Feathers & More — you are missing out! Purchasing a seed stick to feed the Budgies is such a fun experience as they tickle your arms when they land on you! Here are some interesting facts you may not know:
- Budgies can have up to 3,000 feathers on their body
- They can swivel their head 180 degrees, allowing them to see backwards
- They can remember sequences of sound, and will sometimes mimic them
- Their heart rate is over 300 beats per minute
- Budgies grind their beaks when they are relaxed and happy
Would you like to feed our Wallaby Baby Roo and help her grow big and strong?
Win a cup of food!!!
Instagram Contest … Win a cup of wallaby food by coloring a picture of Baby Roo and posting it to Instagram with hashtag #WallabyRoo! We will be choosing 50 finalists so let your creative flag fly! Feed will be provided to winners when they visit at the farm.
Coloring page can be downloaded here! Baby RooRoo can’t wait to see you!
We are providing a temporary home for “walla-baby” RooRoo at the farm house! She is getting fed every three hours round the clock, folks — and we have made a fuzzy pocket/pouch for her in the corner of the little pen! You may not know that wallabies (cousins to kangaroos) are not fully-developed when they are born. So, mommy’s pouch provides a warm, safe place complete with mammary glands where a baby wallaby (called a joey) can continue to grow and feel safe. RooRoo’s fuzzy pouch is her favorite hangout for now!
More Wallaby Facts
Did you know that mother wallabies can make two types of milk? They can! Female wallabies commonly raise more than one joey at a time and are able to produce milk with varying fat contents. The lower-fat content milk is perfect for a newborn wallaby and the milk with a high fat content helps older joeys continue to grow big and strong.
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All of our animals are nestled down in their barns for the holidays, awaiting the arrival of Santa Clause! Both the animals and the staff at Lewis Farms would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you in 2017!
We are so thankful for all of our loyal customers who support our family farm year after year! We hope that your day is filled with friends, family and delicious food!