Meet the Animals
Meet our rescued residents when you visit the farm! Each has their own story and purpose on the farm.
Meet Only, the newest resident in the Animal Sanctuary. At 13 years old, Only is a retired trotter racehorse whose racing days came to an end due to a fractured leg. However, thanks to dedicated care and rehabilitation, Only is now pain-free and radiates a gentle nature. His love for running hasn't diminished, and he joyfully explores the sanctuary grounds.
Only is embarking on a new chapter as he begins his training to become a member of our animal-assisted therapy program. With his calm demeanor and affectionate spirit, Only is ready to bring joy and healing to others.
Kid, the latest member of our animal sanctuary, is a retired racehorse. This majestic horse thrives on human attention and seeks affection, making him an instant favorite among our caretakers and visitors. What makes Kid truly stand out is the striking white heart on his head, a perfect reflection of his loving and gentle nature.
His timely arrival has proven to be a blessing for our other retired racehorse, Only, who needed a companion. These spirited horses share an insatiable love for galloping and playful activities. Alongside Only, Kid is also embarking on a new chapter as he begins training to become a member of our animal-assisted therapy program.
Violet was the first animal to arrive on the farm. She is a donkey and came from a race-horse breeding farm. She lived with the horses and was a companion to the broodmares. Unfortunately, when the mares had their babies, they no longer wanted Violet around as they were forming their own family. Donkeys are very social creatures and her caretaker wanted Violet to live in an environment where she no longer had to be alone.
Violet has formed a great friendship with Pia and O’Brien and you will find them running and bucking around the pasture together. Their nickname is “The 3 Amigos” because they are seldom apart and are always getting into mischief!
Yippity and Dixie
Yippity and Dixie, our alpacas, are mother and daughter. They had lived on an alpaca farm and when one of their human caretakers passed away, the family was no longer able to take care of them. Two friends of Reed's Organic Farm generously rescued and donated them to us.
Alpacas are incredibly social animals, and they needed a new herd to call their own. If you listen closely, you can hear them humming to communicate with each other. Now they spend their days in the sun with their best friends Violet, Pia and O’Brien.
Pia and O'Brien
Our mini horses, Pia and O’Brien, were donated to us by a previous caretaker who went away to school and could no longer give them the amount of time that she knew that they needed.
This pair are half-brother and sister and are very bonded and hate to spend even one minute away from each other. They are a good team as Pia is full of sass and O’Brien goes along with anything! They are friendly and gentle and love a good rub in the morning.
The Hen Crew
The chickens who we refer to as our “Old Girls” are Rhode Island Reds and were our first chickens that we raised on Reeds Farm. They are a beautiful rusted red color. The Easter Eggers are a beautiful assortment of heritage breeds. All of the hens we have are popular for backyard coops, but prone to being abandoned when they stop laying their multi-colored eggs.
However, our chickens will be with us throughout their natural egg-laying and non-egg-laying lives! They play an important role on our working farm as their daily physical functions provide a tremendous source of nitrogen to the soil and they are champions of turning the soil just by scratching and pecking it! Did you know that chickens can recognize around 100 faces? Each of our hens have a distinct personality, but they all enjoy taking dust baths and exploring their playground.
The Rooster Crew
The Roosters are typically the first ones up and the last ones to bed. Usually found strutting their stuff around the chicken yard, they scan the area for danger, look for tasty bugs, and hang out with all their hen-friends. Roosters are banned in most cities because of the noise, but our crew is free to crow!
We have a couple of our “bachelor” Roosters who have moved in together and live harmoniously away from the hens. Make sure that you check them all out!
Polish Bantam Chicken
Big Fluff is a Polish bantam chicken that was dropped off by her caretaker as the rest of her fellow hens were no longer alive. Our existing chicken did not warmly welcome Big Fluff into their flock, so she lived alone on our farm receiving much attention and care from our human family. You will see Big Fluff scurrying around and making a noisy fuss as she keeps her forever home clean.
Pekin and Mallard Ducks
The Duck Crew
We have several duck breeds, many which are of the Pekin breed, with a variety of personal histories. Some of our mallard ducks flew into our sanctuary on their own. One of our Pekin ducks flew up on a patron’s lap at a park, obviously lost and looking for help and shelter. He was brought to the farm – his name is Tomko!
Did you know the most famous Pekin Duck is Donald Duck? Our ducks love spending time floating in the pond, sleeping next to the marsh grass and running around trying to “quack us up” with their antics.
The Guinea Fowl Crew
The guinea fowl came to the farm as chicks. They are very important members of the farm family as they scurry about eating ticks and fleas that may otherwise find a home on our animal residents. Guinea fowl can fly but they would rather run away from a nearby predator or threat!
You will often see them running through the fields and front garden area. Lookout, guinea hens coming through!
Great Pyrenees and Anatolian Shepherd
Callie and Mitra
Callie is our Great Pyrenees Farm Dog and protector. Callie came to the farm after her original caretaker passed away. Callie is a fun-loving, hard-working, nurturing member of our farm family. She is learning how to protect the other animals by alerting us with barks when strange animals or other intruders that come close to her family. She does have a goofy side, too, and loves to toss and catch her own ball and roll in the mud.
Mitra is an Anatolian Shepherd. His job is to protect our animal crew from the predators we share our environment with. Anatolian Shepherds are a Turkish dog breed that is also known as a Kangal.
The Dove Crew
In the Winter of 2020, two white doves appeared at our Animal Sanctuary and took shelter in our duck house. A few days later, the doves flew off and returned with an additional dove. This process continued over several months, the flock flying off and returning with new members at dusk. Then in the spring, the doves reproduced!
We now have approximately 12 white doves that grace our presence. These doves represent many things we believe in at Reeds Organic Farm and Animal Sanctuary, peace, love and hope. The tranquility we all experience at the farm is heightened when we see these beautiful birds grace our skies!
View more photos of the animals you'll see when you visit the farm!