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So excited!! No more sleeps till our birthday party :) YIPPEEE!
Come celebrate our 25th anniversary with us today (16/06/16)
Our hours are 09h00 - 16h30, so come join us for a day of fun and laughter. Awesome prizes up for grabs. See you later, love all at Holmeleigh
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'Really now!?!' Would you believe it, our phone lines are down due to cable theft! Telkom are working on restoring telephone service to the area soonest. In the interim, please contact us on 072 324 4059, via email (info@holmeleighfarmyard.co.za) or send us a message on Facebook. Looking forward to hearing from you. Much love Danielle and all at Holmeleigh
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Just focus on spending time with your family this Easter and our Easter bunny will hide the eggs!
Join us for our annual Easter Egg hunt for kiddies aged 10 and younger on Easter Sunday at 11h00 and 14h00
Come dressed as the Easter bunny and you could win a prize!
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The Easter weekend is finally here and we'll be open so come on out for some eggstra special family time. We'll be open at the following times over the Easter weekend:
Good Friday, March 25, 2016: 09h00-14h00
Saturday, March 26, 2016: 09h00-16h30
Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016: 09h00-16h30
Easter Monday, March 28, 2016: 09h00-16h30
Easter is a wonderful time of year and we wish you and your family a safe and happy Easter 2016!
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It may be lovely weather for ducks today, but we're still open :) Why not pull on your wellies and pop round for some hot chocolate and one of our YUMMY Fresh farm bakes!
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Hi Guys
I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful day! Just a big shout out and Thank you for all your support. We really appreciate you taking the time to send us your comments, suggestions and messages.
Lots of love, Danielle and all at Holmeleigh xxx
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Hi There, thank you all for your comments, it really is awesome to see that animal welfare is a top priority for so many people. Here are the facts about how we love and care for our animals here at Holmeleigh. We use boreholewater on the farm. This nutrient rich, ground water is safe for human consumption as well and it is the iron oxide that leaches out of the soil which causes a reddish brown appearance and unforetunately, the stains on the white baths we use as drinking troughs (as seen in the pictures) Fresh borehole water is given to all the animals repeadedly throughout the day.The black water trough is in one of our pig styes. Miss Piggy and Chong do have a tendency to blow bubbles in their water after eating and the resident ducks sometimes go for a swim in the troughs which unsettles the minerals in the borehole water making it appear murkey.
We are in the middle of an incredible hot summer which seems to have had a marked increase in the amount of flies. We prefer to use fly repellant gel on our animals rather than the fly repellant sprays which tend to evaporate too quickly. When there are open sores caused by the fly's, we don't use the vivid colored wound spray anymore but use a different brand without such a vivid color so it is more difficult to identify, but its there, on their legs preventing infection. We have also tried sprizing their legs with epsom salts water but that seems to take even longer to work. Any other suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Our wonderful farrier, was onsite on the 23rd of December 2015 to give all the horses and donkeys their pedis, as he routinely does every 5 weeks. Rosie, the dear old lady in the picture is 29 years old and will be celebrating her 30th birthday shortly (please bear mind, the average lifespan of working donkeys is 12-15 years, happy donkeys have an average lifespan of 30-50 years) She used to be a cart donkey in walmer, was rescued by the animal welfare and moved to Holmeleigh with her foal in the early 1990's. Her years of working as a cart donkey have taken there toll on her not only emotionally but physically as well and thus she doesnt scrub up as well as her friends, Little Lotta, Twiggy and Eeyore.
Silver, the gorgeous white Arab who shares pony ride duty with Honey is not in his stall all day, everyday as we swap the horses out so that they don't tire. Usually at lunch time. Silver is a lot younger than Honey and is able to do more pony rides, so sometimes he does a longer shift, however we watch his ears and mood and the minute we see he's not happy we swap them out. At night Silver along with all the other horses and donkeys graze in the pastures and only spend the daytime in the farmyard.
We are inundated with calls from members of the public who need to rehome their bunnies as the bunnies are either breeding too much,costing too much to feed, the owners are relocating, bunnies are destroying gardens or simply the children are tired of them. We try and help where we can and often have to say no to keep the bunny population down and because male bunnies are territoral and fight terribly. As a result boxes of bunnies have been left at the gates or bunnies are released without our knowledge onto the property. We recently caught a small, wild black bunny which had been discarded and had mites unbeknown to us. The mites subsequently spread to all the bunnies. We treated all the bunnies by dipping them in dazzle dip and that has cleared up the problem for now. We are also in the process of closing down the bunny camp completely to the public as despite the signs pleading to parents to mind their children in the bunny camp and ensure the bunnies are not feed whole maize, chased or squeezed this is simply ignored. We trialed closing the bunny camp to the public and have implemented specific bunny cuddling slots but reguarly have ADULTS jumping over the no entry sign immediately above the entrance gate of the bunny camp or lifting their children over the no entry sign to gain entry to the bunny camp. The only alternative is to permantly close the bunny camp which will be so sad as so many children and adults love cuddling the bunnies. We do feed our bunnies greens, apples and carrots and have even started selling fresh produce at the entry gate if customers would prefer to offer a crunchy apple or carrot instead of the cubes.
Your entry fee goes towards animal care and pays for the vet bills, chiropractor bills for Honey, dental bills, farrier bills and pressure halters for the horses and donkeys. Thank you all for your valued support.

If anyone visits the farm and feels that any of our animals are uncared for or if there is anything that makes you uneasy, please do not hesitate to bring this to our attention immediately and preferably while you are still on the farm so we can rectify the situation or give you the facts without delay.

By means of an update, the Animal anti cruelty legue were fantasic and came to visit earlier today. After the inspection, they were happy with the condition of all the animals and cleanliness of the farmyard and surrounds.

Much love Danielle and all at Holmeleigh
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Hi There, we are super excited, to announce our the date of our annual Special Christmas party!!! This year we'll be hosting our annual special Christmas Party in Conjunction with Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism on the 15th of December from 10h00 to 14h00. We'll be bringing Christmas cheer and treating some very special senior citizens to an afternoon of fun. If you would like to make a contribution, please message us or contact us on 041 3792901
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