Welcome to Hadleigh Rare Breeds Centre's Ani-cam - your chance
to see our animals... even when the centre's closed!
Every day, we will upload our latest video from the centre, so
don't forget to tune in to meet the animals that make Hadleigh Rare
Breeds a great place to visit.
Among those who will enjoy their five minutes of fame are Banjo,
the centre's African pygmy albino hedgehog, Tommy the Herman
tortoise and a variety of rare breed as-yet-unhatched chicks.
Today's film features our Pied turkeys
OurPied Turkeys'chicks can be found in our incubator - their
mother is described by Emma Sayer as 'a pickle' for laying her eggs
in the mud, which then need to be collected by the team to keep
them safe. The team turns the eggs regularly to make sure the
embryo doesn't stick to the side of the shell. When a hen sits on
her eggs, she would move and this would naturally turn them.
This breed are believed to have been in Europe since the 1700s
and are more suitable for producing eggs than for meat - they will
definitely be breathing a sigh of relief this Christmastime!
Teachers and carers can even link in to our Schools and
Colleges worksheets to help children explore
the animals further.