Monday, April 20, 2009

Riverdale Roosters and Chickens

This breed is called Light Sussex.

Earlier this spring I stopped by Riverdale Farm one quiet afternoon and stepped into a small barn containing a variety of roosters, chickens, and a couple of rabbits. As I was standing there, I was greeted by a chorus of rooster calls. I caught some of them on video. Listen carefully and you can hear three different voices.

Riverdale Farm is one of those little known secrets of downtown Toronto. Created on the former grounds of the first Toronto Zoo, it is an active farm that specializes in pioneer farm animal breeds Ontario. Favourite animals include Dusty the Donkey and Ginger the Pig. You can also see horses, cows, sheep, and goats.

It is well used by the Cabbagetown neighbourhood but is open to all visitors, and it's free! It is open from 9 AM - 5 PM every day. It is located east of Parliament Street and north of Gerrard Street at the end of Winchester Street.

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