New arrivals go on show at town farm

NILALM110409D2 - Quackers community farm. from left Courtney Fitzpatrick, 11, Mel Woollins and Jackie Whipp with three week old polish chickens sid, nancy and suzie
NILALM110409D2 - Quackers community farm. from left Courtney Fitzpatrick, 11, Mel Woollins and Jackie Whipp with three week old polish chickens sid, nancy and suzie

NEWBORN Polish chickens and a ghostly white parrot were some of the new feathered faces at a community farm’s spring fair this weekend.

Saturday’s open day at Quackers was the first spring fair the farm has held in its new premises in the Bridge Inn car park in Bridge Street, Cotmanhay.

NILALM110409D3 - Quackers community farm. from left Lynsey Havill, Carma Beardsley, nine with Doris, one

NILALM110409D3 - Quackers community farm. from left Lynsey Havill, Carma Beardsley, nine with Doris, one

Owners Mel Woolins and Jackie Whipp said they had more than 500 visitors through the gates, who donated £270 towards the upkeep of the farm.

A pair of Polish bantam chickens – Gizmo and Zsa-Zsa – had their first hatchlings on show, which have been named Sid, Nancy and Siouxsie, on account of their ‘punk’ hairdos.

The three-week-old rare breeds were incubated and raised on the farm.

The farm’s rescued rabbits have produced litters of bunnies that families were able to handle in the spring weather on Saturday afternoon.

NILALM110409D7 - Quackers community farm. Joe Robson, 14 with Casper, seven

NILALM110409D7 - Quackers community farm. Joe Robson, 14 with Casper, seven

Also on display was new arrival Casper the parrot, donated by Parrot Aid, which rescues abused parrots.

And Merlin the miniature pygmy goat, Doris the barn owl and three geese greeted visitors as they walked around the farm.

Mel said: “It was a fantastic day.

“We cannot do any of this without the support of the community.

NILALM110409D6 - Quackers community farm.  Jaroslaw Dziubek, one and Connor Benniston, 14

NILALM110409D6 - Quackers community farm. Jaroslaw Dziubek, one and Connor Benniston, 14

“The time and the effort they put in and the stuff they donate, not to mention the skills and knowledge of ponies and chickens they provide – that all helps us to carry on running.”

The farm, which is currently giving work experience to pupils from Kirk Hallam Community College, opened its new premises in October.

Jackie and Mel are offering more work experience to pupils from Bennerley Business College later in the year.

NILALM110409D5 - Quackers community farm. staff members Josh Russell and Janine Green

NILALM110409D5 - Quackers community farm. staff members Josh Russell and Janine Green