While most kids have been back in school since Labour Day, some other kids aren’t heading in until Thanksgiving.
The baby goats from the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm will run their last stampedes on Oct. 8, and then the farm family will disperse.
According to farm manager Claudia Laube, the babies– who range in age between three months and seven months– will be adopted out to hobby farmers in the community.
“They get evicted out for life,” she laughed. “People pick them out for adoption, and when they are ready they go home.”
Goats only need two months with their mothers before they’re ready to go.
Meanwhile, the momma goats, donkeys, pigs, poultry, alpacas, guinea pigs, rabbits and other farm animals will head back to a privately owned winter farm in Metchosin before coming back for the season next year.
Mother goats will breed a maximum of eight or nine times, but sometimes less if they appear to be struggling. Regardless of if they are breeding, they are still welcome back to the farm every year.
And what about the peacocks?
“The peacocks are not ours, they actually belong to the City as free-roaming wildlife,” Laube said.
The peacocks will stay in the park year round and be fed by park workers, with heat lamps over their water dishes so they don’t freeze in the winter.
For more information, you can head to beaconhillchildrensfarm.ca