The six geese in the barn yard are Toulouse. This is a breed of domesticated goose originating near Toulouse, France. It is a large bird, with a weight of up to 9 kg, and is known for its ponderous appearance. The original grey colored breed is a very old one and the name has been recorded back as far as 1555. The bird generally has a placid disposition, easily bewildered by more active breeds. They do not need a pond. However, being waterfowl, they love bathing and playing in water and will also mate in water. They are not great wanderers, preferring to stay close to home, making them ideal for our farm, where they thrive.  The breed is a moderately good layer of eggs, producing as well as most other goose breeds. They rarely have problems producing fertile eggs, although problems can occur during severe weather in the winter and spring, as is the case with most breeds. 




The green head and yellow bill of the mallard duck is a familiar sight to many of our visitors on the farm. The male, or drake, is the more distinctively colored of the mallards. Its iconic green head sits atop a white neckband that sets off a chestnut-colored chest and gray body. Females are mottled drab brown in color, but sport iridescent purple-blue wing feathers that are visible as a patch on their sides. They each grow to about 26 inches in length and can weigh up to 3 pounds. The ducks can often be seen head dipping or completely upending in the pond. They rarely dive though, spending their time near the surface and dabbling for invertebrates, fish, amphibians, and a variety of plants. They also graze on land, feeding on corn under the corn crib.



Barn Swallows:

Barn Swallows return to the barn every spring where they reuse the mud and straw nests that can be seen along the beams under the floor boards of the loft.  Once the eggs hatch, the mother Swallows can be seen flying in and out of the barn bringing food to the young.  




Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission with the support and assistance of The Friends of Howell Living History Farm. The farm is an educational facility open to the public that preserves and interprets farming life and processes from the era of 1890-1910. Howell Farm is a proud member of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM).

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Howell Farm is located at - 70 Woodens Ln.   Lambertville, NJ 08530

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