It’s a sure sign that spring is right around the corner when the barns are bursting with newborn babies and expectant moms at Kensington and Wolcott Mill Metropark.
At Kensington Metropark Farm Center, near Milford/Brighton, visitors can meet three sets of twin lambs and a litter of piglets. A goat, two more sheep and a pig are expected to deliver within the next two weeks. Also at the farm are draft horses, ducks, chickens, miniature donkeys, cows and rabbits. Beginning in March, the farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
"The recent births at the farm are really just the beginning of the excitement,” said Kensington Farm Center Interpreter Chris Williams. “In the next three months, we can expect approximately 14 kids (baby goats), 14 more lambs and roughly 30 piglets to be born."
In coordination with the birth of these babies, Kensington Metropark Farm Center will host “Fun on the Farm: Spring Babies” on Saturday, April 3 at 10 a.m. Little ones can spend time with the new additions to the farm while enjoying story time and a craft for a fee of $5 per person. For more information or to register for programs, call Kensington Metropark at 810-227-8910.
Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center in Ray Township is expected to have its own new life around March 21 when Bonnie the Dairy Cow is due. Visitors can enter the farm’s “Baby Contest” and guess the exact date, time and weight of the calf at birth by entering at www.facebook.com/WolcottMillMetropark or at the farm itself. The winner will receive the honor of naming the new little heifer or bull calf.
"Four more cows are due to give birth within the next two months," said Wolcott Mill Metropark Interpreter Kathleen Clinton. "Chicks will be hatching daily during the first week of April, and visitors can expect to see lambs, kids (baby goats) and bunnies at this time as well."