Birthing Season at Frying Pan Farm Park

Fluffette and three lambs in 2021.

It’s an annual event at Frying Pan Farm Park. Birthing season! A ton (maybe, literally) of baby farm animals make their world debuts each year in late winter/early spring.

Yoda and Luigi were dads of sheep and goats born in 2021, and piglets started arriving in February. More litters come along each March, April and May.

With the help of a veterinarian, Frying Pan staff have a pretty good idea of when the births are coming. As each due date nears, the mothers-to-be are monitored often so that staff can be there for every birth. Frying Pan personnel will assist the mother with delivery as needed, help dry the newborns, and dip the umbilical cords in iodine to prevent infection. 

Lane and her lambs in 2021.

Most newborns begin walking and nursing within the first hour of life. If not, staff will help by aiding the baby. Sometimes the youngsters are weak and need a bottle, or they may even get mother’s milk through a stomach tube. The vet will come to the farm if there’s an emergency, but staff can handle most of the issues that come along at birthing.

Piglets born in February 2021.

Sows are moved into the climate-controlled farrowing house to give their piglets the extra warmth needed for a good start. Sheep and goats will move to private stalls in the barn and, depending on the weather, the cows may move to a barn or stay outside to deliver.

The babes are kept inside for a while right after they’re born so they can get stronger. After a short while, the farmer lets them greet their adoring fans during the warmest parts of the day. The Fairfax County Park Authority’s social media pages and web pages keep folks informed of the new arrivals, so log on and stay tuned!

Author Lois Kirkpatrick is the Marketing and Development Coordinator at Frying Pan Farm Park.

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About Fairfax County Park Authority HISTORY: On December 6, 1950, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors created the Fairfax County Park Authority. The Park Authority was authorized to make decisions concerning land acquisition, park development and operations in Fairfax County, Virginia. To date, 13 park bond referenda have been approved between 1959 and 2016. Today, the Park Authority has 427 parks on more than 23,000 acres of land. We offer 325 miles of trails, our most popular amenity. FACILITIES: The Park system is the primary public mechanism in Fairfax County for the preservation of environmentally sensitive land and resources, areas of historic significance and the provision of recreational facilities and services including: • Nine indoor RECenters with swimming pools, fitness rooms, gyms and class spaces. Cub Run features an indoor water park and on-site naturalist • Eight golf courses from par-3 to championship level, four driving ranges including the new state-of-the-art heated, covered range at Burke Lake Golf Center • Five nature and visitor centers. Also nine Off-Leash Dog Activity areas • Three lakefront parks including Lake Fairfax, Lake Accotink and Burke Lake, with campgrounds at Burke Lake and Lake Fairfax. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole at Lake Fairfax, Our Special Harbor Sprayground at Lee as well as an indoor water park at Cub Run RECenter • Clemyjontri Park, a fully accessible playground in Great Falls featuring two acres of family friendly fun and a carousel, as well as Chessie’s Big Backyard and a carousel at the Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park • An ice skating rink at Mount Vernon RECenter and the Skate Park in Wakefield Park adjacent to Audrey Moore RECenter • Kidwell Farm, a working farm of the 1930s-era at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, now with historic carousel • Eight distinctive historic properties available for rent • A working grist mill at Colvin Run in Great Falls and a restored 18th century home at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly • A horticulture center at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale • Natural and cultural resources protected by the Natural Resource Management Plan and Cultural Resource Plans, plus an Invasive Management Area program that targets alien plants and utilizes volunteers in restoring native vegetation throughout our community • Picnic shelters, tennis courts, miniature golf courses, disc golf courses, off-leash dog parks, amphitheaters, a marina, kayaking/canoeing center • Provides 263 athletic fields, including 39 synthetic turf fields, and manages athletic field maintenance services at 417 school athletic fields. PARK AUTHORITY BOARD: A 12-member citizen board, appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, sets policies and priorities for the Fairfax County Park Authority. Visit for Fairfax County Government's Comment Policy.

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