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The Salem Herbfarm Animals


EmusEmu closeup

We have an emu here at the farm, Ed. Emus are flightless birds native to Australia. The ostrich is the only bird larger than the emu. Emus can run up to 30 miles per hour, and believe it or not they like to swim! If you've seen the movie Jurassic Park, one of the first things you'll notice about the emus is that they move like dinosaurs. Many scientists say that the emu is the closest living animal to its prehistoric ancestors.

Llamas

Llama 1We also have a llama. Llamas originally hail from South America and they are still widely used as a pack animal today both there and in parts of Central America. When used as a pack animal llamas can carry 25% of their body weight for several miles. They are also a source of fiber. The fiber produced by a llama is very soft and is naturally lanolin free. Very social animals as well as intelligent, llamas learn simple tasks after a few repetitions.

 

Llama View

 

GoatsGoat

We have two goats, Eric and Alex. They are sharing space with our llama and emu and all are getting along well. Stop by and see them.

 

 





Chickens and Doves

About twenty chickens of various breeds occupy the farm. We usually have a small supply of farm-fresh eggs for sale. We also have several geese. They make quite a racket. We also keep some doves.


Bailey and PrincessBailey Lounging

Finally we can't forget about Bailey and Princess who left our farm in 2009. While we sadly said goodbye to our unofficial greeters their spirits live on. If you pause while strolling our grounds you might sense their spirits keeping watch over us as they've done for so many years.