Animal Farm Tours

At ELS Stables, we love animals! Here are the critters that make us laugh and smile. They all have unique personalities and traits that make each an individual to appreciate and value.  Some love to cuddle, others, not so much…but we love them just the way they are…so meet the ELS Farm Animals and book a visit with them…you won’t be disappointed!
30 minutes of photos and fun:  $25
Make an appointment today:  425-686-7120
Meet the Herd!

"Lavender"

Lavender is the leader of the herd and plays peace keeper when alpacas argue and Lily bullies. She patiently, but firmly keeps the peace by separating the squabblers until everyone is peacefully grazing. She arrived spring 2013 with her companion Poppy the Alpaca.

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Poppy is one of two types of alpaca. She is a Huacaya (pronounced Wuh-kai-ya) alpaca. These alpacas are fluffy like teddy bears. Poppy had quite a rough start with humans and prefers to view them from a distance. Although curious, Poppy is happy as second in command to Lavender. She was quite startled at meeting the mini donkeys and horses at first, but now they are just extended family.
CH_17_8.28.15Daisy and Sweet Pea are mom and daughter. They are called Siri alpacas which have long shiny locks like very soft, slightly curly hair. There are advantages to each kind. Suri alpacas are much more rare and more expensive. The fiber of the Suri fetches a higher price on the international market. Shearing alpacas is like bathing a cat…yeah, that bad! They do not care to be held while scary clippers are stripping them to nakedness. We chose to trace clip the girls this year and not take their whole coat. Daisy and sweet Pea are more curious of humans and come right up to people and stare at their funny short necks and ponder who the aliens are…

 

CH_06_8.28.15Lily is a bossy Angora / Boer goat who came spring 2013 and was kept company with a pygmy goat that spent most of her time trying to escape and get away from Lily with the horns. Later in the year we adopted Hazel to keep Lily company.  Hazel came from the same farm in Arlington called New Moon Goat Rescue and Sanctuary in Arlington. They are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of animals in need.  We are so happy with Lily’s leadership except when she body butts Hazel to keep her in line.

 

 

CH_07_8.28.15Hazel is a gentle, human-loving Pygora goat with a beautiful fleece like Lily. They both have the fiber that makes mohair. They get sheared twice a year to keep them cool in the summer and grow long in the winter.Hazel is larger than Lily, but that does not make her the “boss.” Lily is clearly “The Boss!” They love to go out in the field and play with the rest of the herd.  Hazel is the one with Blue eyes!

 

 

 

IMG_0286 (2)Eeyore and Tigger are friendly fun guys who like to be fed apples and carrots during animal farm visits. They have attended Seattle Seahawk fundraising events and Pet Festivals.They are outgoing and love attention. Look for them in the annual 2016 Woodinville Parade sporting their new Knight Costumes!

 

 

 

Bees01ELS Honey Bees are buzzing at work.Thanks to Andy Nagel and his Bee-autiful family for bee-ing vigilant beekeepers, we have a healthy hive of productive bees. We are anticipating even more delicious honey next year!

 

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAELS Chicken Flock is growing! We have new, healthy and robust soon-to-be egg-laying hens. These girls work hard all over the farm, turning soil and composting, eating scrumptious insects and keeping our wild worm population manageable.

 

 

 

IMG_0862Meet Daisy, the fabulous Dexter cow!
The native home of the Dexter is in the southern part of Ireland where they were bred by small land holders and roamed about the shelter-less mountainous districts in an almost wild state of nature. The first recorded knowledge of Dexters in America is when more than two hundred Dexters were imported to the US between 1905 and 1915. They can now be found in nearly every climate and region in the United States. In recent years there has been a worldwide surge of interest in Dexter cattle. Their hardy constitution, versatile adaptability, thrifty nature, high fertility, and low rate of calving difficulties continue to make them appealing to ranching operations of any size.
IMG_0864Dexters are a small, tri-purpose cattle breed, being raised for milk, meat and draft. They are not miniature cattle; they were initially bred as a naturally small bovine and they have maintained their small, hardy constitution to the present. Pound for pound, Dexters are efficient food producers, economically turning forage into rich milk. Due to their small size, they have a minimally negative impact on the land being worked.  There is some variety of color, stature, and horned status within the Dexter breed. Dexters come in three solid colors: black, red or dun. They are either horned or polled, with some people preferring to dehorn them.
 
The Adorable Shetland Sheep: Marigold (Maggie) & 
Shetland Sheep are a small, calm breed of sheep — ideal for a small flock!
Shetlands are one of the smallest of the British sheep. Rams usually weigh 90 to 125 pounds and ewes about 75 to 100 pounds. Rams usually have beautiful spiral horns, whereas the ewes are typically polled. They are fine-boned and agile and their naturally short, fluke-shaped tails do not require docking.
 
They are a calm, docile and easy-to-manage breed. Most respond well to attention and some even wag their tails when petted!
Although Shetlands are small and relatively slow growing, they maintain natural hardiness, thriftiness, easy lambing, adaptability and longevity. Shetlands survived for centuries under harsh conditions and on a meager diet, although they do very well under less rigorous conditions. Having retained many of their primitive survival instincts, they are easier to care for than many of today’s commercial breeds.