Updated: Dec 21, 2022
At Sanctuary Farm Tours we play 'farm trivia' and give a really nice prize.
Researching this article I realized I knew very little about baby farm animal terms. How much do you know?
Let’s start with goats. Baby goats are called kids. Young females are called doelings, while young males are called bucklings. Birthing is called kidding. If as a human you have given birth there is NO kidding about it!
In terms of sheep, a baby sheep of either sex is called a lamb. A ewe lamb is a female, and a ram lamb is a male. Birthing is called lambing.
Farrowing is the term used for a sow giving birth to a litter of piglets, and raising the young pigs to weaning age. A gilt is a young female, and boars are males, although we typically think of boars as adult breeding males.
When a mother horse (mare) has a baby, it’s called a foal. A young male is called a colt, and a young female is called a filly. Birthing is called foaling.
Rabbits have really strange terms. Kindling is the name of the birth process, to give birth is to kindle. All newborn baby rabbits are called kits. A male is a buck, and a female is a doe.
A young chicken female is called a pullet, and a young male is called a cockerel. A newly hatched bird is called a chick.
Now you are ready for spring and ready to win Farm Trivia!