10 Funky Farm Animals

Welcome to the Funny Farm. Check out all these different looking farm critters, some are used as food, some as novelty pets. Some have other purposes like guarding other farm critters. Check it out.

Belted Galloway

These are Galloway belted cattle, they are noted for their longer hair and odd band of white around their middle. They are often kept for meat, and it is said to be more tasty than from other cattle breeds. I don’t know about that, but I know they look like Oreo cookies!

Zebu Cattle

Zebu cattle are from Africa, they can be very tiny, or medium sized, like this bull. They are not adapted to colder climates because they do not get winter coats, as such if you are in a cold climate, they must be kept in the barn for the winter. This is the most fuzzy Zebu I have ever seen. They resemble miniature Brahma cattle.

Naked Neck Chickens

These are also known as Turkens, they originated in Transylvania. One cannot help but draw a link between their naked necks and the Dracula legend, however there is no actual link. Personally they are not one of my favorite birds, their appearance disturbs me, but many people adore them.  Read more about Naked Neck Chickens here.

Myotonic Goats

Also called fainting goats, they are usually kept as a novelty because of a genetic disorder known as Myotonia. When frightened their legs stiffen up and they fall over. As such they are very vulnerable to predation. As they get older the “fainting” spells do not happen as often. They are a meat breed.

Araucana Chickens

This is a rumpless breed of chickens, best known for their charming ability to lay colorful eggs. These are usually blue or greenish. Ameraucana is the name given to a bird that is half Araucana. I prefer the original.

Donkeys

Big or small, donkeys are really cool farm animals, generally kept for the purpose of guarding other livestock or as beasts of burden. The fellow in the photo is a miniature. They make great companions for horses, once the horse gets over their funny appearance, and sound. Yes, they are loud, and their bray can be heard from a long ways away.

Llamas

These animals first came on the market as “get rich” schemes, and were very expensive. Now, however, you can get into llamas for very little. In fact at one action I attended, they were paying people to take the male animals. Llamas are used as guard animals for sheep and goats. They are also used for fiber, meat, or as a pack animal. Although they may appear to be the snobs of the farm, they can be wonderful companions. Alpacas are smaller than llamas and often kept for the same reasons.

Guinea Fowl

This is a primitive looking bird from Africa. Guinea Fowl colors are plain especially when compared to the peacock, but it is their sound rather than their looks, which is why people keep them. They have a very loud call, which they use as an alarm. They are often kept as guard animals to scare predators away or to alert the farmer of strangers entering the property. They also gobble up a lot of insects, and people do gobble them up as well (the Guineas, not the bugs). Their odd appearance and quirky mannerisms make them an interesting addition to the farm.

Yak

Yaks are wonderful all purpose animals from Asia. They can be driven, ridden, and are generally more pasture efficient than cattle. They produce milk, and can be slaughtered for meat. Although the ones in the photo do not show it well, they can get very thick heavy coats so are tolerant of cold. While they may look like smaller bison they are certainly easier to domesticate. Besides that, the look cool!

Hair Sheep

Most people only know of woolly sheep, but some sheep have hair that they shed seasonally, like dogs. The young ram in this photograph is a Barbado hair sheep. The main appeal of them is that you do not have to sheer them, as well they make excellent meat animals. Like all sheep, they are great for pasture control.

*All the photographs are from Wikimedia, with the exception of the Llama, Donkey, Guinea Fowl, and Hair sheep, and you should check their licensing agreement before using these pictures. The other photos are my own and are not to be used without my permission.

Other Farm Animal Links

Advantages of Hair Sheep

Llamas and Alpacas

Sheep with more than 2 Horns

Funky Pigeons

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  1. Very interesting article. I don’t think I would like the Naked Neck Chickens, something about them is a little creepy. I heard of the fainting goats before. They are all interesting oddities. Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. Look it’s Pepe Le Pew cows! LOl. It’s funny that the Guinea Fowl looks just like the dress the misses just bought. She also owns the matching travel luggage. Lol

  3. Interesting animals, Guinea’s are the noisiest fowl’s. They run and cackle at everything that moves.

  4. Nice bunch of of these odd animals. Nice work!!

  5. Interesting bunch of farm animals. Quite a fun read.

  6. Another advantage to raising rare breed or odd looking animals is many people keep them as pets or want them as oddities.. so you dont have to eat them!

  7. If I owned a farm, these would be just some of the animals I would have!!! ;-) )

  8. Haha! I love this article! it’s so much fun reading them~ I think the myotonic goats are very cute, and unique too! @_@ love to take care of one….huhuhu

  9. Fun article!

  10. I would be scared for the goats to be eaten by a coyotee too easy.. funny how some negative mutations become popular.

  11. GREAT! Love the llamas and alpacas!

  12. i learn something new everday.

  13. the last pic is a goat, not a sheep

  14. no bert, the last picture is of a sheep, my sheep infact. It is a barbado hair sheep. I have been breeding them for a few years.

  15. I found that enjoyable and educational . Thanks

  16. Yep. Brenda is crooect. It looks like a goat in the pict, but it is a sheep. Baa.

  17. Sounds like an interesting assortment of animals. Are you able to make money on raising these exotic breeds?

  18. to Evelyn. If I were to take it more seriously and be more agressive, and had more land, yes I would make money, but for us its more of a pet phase.
    We do not have all these kinds of animals ourself

  19. i like will for they happy for they come

  20. Loved this one. I would love to one day see your farm but with all the articles you and Brenda have done sometimes I feel I already have.

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