The Farm at Viamede is a special place. Our charming menagerie consists of the finest members of a distinctive class of animal selected both for their wonderful heritage and their unique attributes. Our fowl are free to roam around the property (and they do), pecking and foraging the ground for insect and plant delicacies and other things that look good to eat. Many of our guests are surprised to see our rafter of turkeys just hanging out by the chapel or greeting people out for a walk on our trails, but don’t worry, they’re tucked safely in their enclosures each evening and prefer their own company and accommodations to yours!
Our brood or peep of chickens includes Silkies and Belgian d’Uccle. The brood is mostly comprised of hens, but we keep a brazen and beautiful rooster to keep a watchful eye over them. They are all quite friendly and inquisitive, and like to hang around in the pig pen.
Our brace (that’s what you call a group of ducks when they’re not in flight) of Indian Runner ducks includes 13 females and two males. They are an unusual breed in that they run, rather than waddle, which provides our guests with an endless source of amusement and photos. These very pretty white ducks lay 260 eggs per year, which our chef uses to make our signature desserts. If they run away quickly when you try to make friends, it’s not you. They’re a bit nervous around people and prefer to engage from a safe distance.
The hit of the Farm, our pigs live in a large enclosure surrounded by a heritage-style farm fence that affords them their own pond, plenty of muddy areas, and their own wooded area. These Tamworth, Hampshire, and English Black pigs are fed soya, corn, barley, and peas, in pellet form, for a healthy, well-balanced diet. When the pigs are small, they are particularly gifted at escaping their enclosure to visit both animal and human neighbors, and are known for their deep curiosity as they come running whenever they hear or see people. You’ll see them lining up along the fence, hoping for forehead scratches and snacks.
These tiny, dainty little birds, have a small, custom-built enclosure under the trees. The quail start laying eggs at six to eight weeks old and we use them in many specialty dishes for our Locavore program at the resort.
Our rafter of Broad Breasted Bronze turkeys grow up to 35 lbs by fall, and are used in many ways at the resort. Self-appointed masters of the resort, they like to hang out in a big group right in the middle of the path through the farm. They are noticeably stubborn creatures with a mind of their own and go where they like—for example, the other day we found them hanging out at the chapel. When there’s 25 of them at 35 lbs apiece, who’s gonna argue with them?
Visit the Farm at Viamede every day at 3:30 for a free tour!