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Farms around Basel

Hi,

I have a 3 year old boy and I would like to take him to a farm(and not stay over night) so that he can feed, touch and run around animals. Not a zoo.
Also any similar activitiy for kids, I have been looking around the internet and all sites indicate the same places to go.

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Re: Farms around Basel

The Zoo at Basel is the best choice.

Farms are dangerous places: every year at least one farmer is killed by his own animals. When there are cows with calves, the cow will often attack visitors for no obvious reason.

I really would not recommend you approaching farm animals, especially with small children!

https://www.google.co.uk/?gws_rd=ssl...+attack+videos
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Re: Farms around Basel

Farm animals are meat on four legs.
Most farm animals are quite big in comparison to a three year old boy. Not just in size, but in weight. Young animals can be as unpredictable in their actions as children are.

You may not like the idea of a 'Streichelzoo' but the animals there are used to being touched and fed by strangers and having children running round them. Farm animals, for the most part, are not.

Maybe the same sites keep coming up when you do a search because they are the most suitable places which exist.
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Re: Farms around Basel

Hi,
Every Sunday at 11am, about 25 minutes fron Basel in Oldsberg, there is a free tiger, lion and panther dressage on a farm owned by Herr Jorg Jenny.

He is a retired big cat ( I have no idea if there is another term?) trainer who has his animals living in retirement on his farm . he has very large areas of his farm dedicated to them, and uses rotation of fences and other techniques.
(there is a comprehensive report about how he keeps them living as happily as possible on his farm by animal protection of Switzerland in english. I googled him after going with friends as I am not inclined to watch shows using animals).

It is most interesting to see and hear him. he is about 75 ( ?) and very relaxed. he has 9 big cats with him during the show. He has a q and a after the show and speaks English if you want to ask a question ( Like what do the neighbours think! ) .

he has the vet in liestal and I imagine quite a meat bill and kindly mentions at the end of the nearly hour show there is a donation box on the way out. I saw around 20 francs per couple or family when trying to peek what to give.

It is a small intimate demonstration. He is completely alone .
There were about 30 of us the day we went. He only has a pouch of meat and a little twig. If they don't want to do the command he doesn't freak out. It's interesting to watch the dynamic. They could easily just eat him.

You just drive in and park on his farm in the area near the first barns you come to about 400 metes from where you turn off the road into his farm. Arrive around 10 45 or so. He has a website with his address. I don't recall any signs indicating his farm, you need to know the address.
At nearly 11 everyone just kind of walks down to the barn behind (about 50 meters away) and he calls the cats over to him. There is a little grandstand in this barn where you sit with a lot of circus memorabilia from his career. He guides you in before enclosing himself in the cage and calling them in with him. My kids didn't blink for an hour.
He says you are all most welcome to stay and look around at his other animals after the show and have a look at the areas where he has the big cats. Camels, sheep and other farm animals were around.

About 15 minutes away is Bad Bubendorf. It does a nice reasonable Sunday lunch with kids menu and ample parking. You can sit inside or outside easily with kids and there is a lovely playground in the grounds. You can wander through the forrest after lunch. There is a little track from the playground.
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Re: Farms around Basel

Sorry,
Herr Jurg Jenny. In Olsberg ( not oldsberg)
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Re: Farms around Basel

Hi,

Thanks for the info so far! The intention is not to just let a 3 year old walk around cows... I would even do that in a Zoo... Animals are unpredictable anyway and anywhere, that is why they are animals..
When I mean feed, touch and run it is not literally but in a controlled way of course.

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The Zoo at Basel is the best choice.

Farms are dangerous places: every year at least one farmer is killed by his own animals. When there are cows with calves, the cow will often attack visitors for no obvious reason.

I really would not recommend you approaching farm animals, especially with small children!

https://www.google.co.uk/?gws_rd=ssl...+attack+videos
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Farm animals are meat on four legs.
Most farm animals are quite big in comparison to a three year old boy. Not just in size, but in weight. Young animals can be as unpredictable in their actions as children are.

You may not like the idea of a 'Streichelzoo' but the animals there are used to being touched and fed by strangers and having children running round them. Farm animals, for the most part, are not.

Maybe the same sites keep coming up when you do a search because they are the most suitable places which exist.
When I was a kid (I admit, however, it was in the last millenium) there was nothing that could top a week at my uncle's farm - playing with the cats, feeding the calves and piglets, and many more fun activities I wouldn't want to have missed (of course supervised by my aunt and uncle when the cattle was involved). Ah well, another childhood pleasure down the drain, these days it is too dangerous.
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Re: Farms around Basel

How old were you at the time? Our girls enjoyed helping on a farm too but they were a bit older than three.
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How old were you at the time? Our girls enjoyed helping on a farm too but they were a bit older than three.
Not sure, probably between 5 and 10 ( I went there at least once a year for a week or two).

When my kids were 4 and 6 we went to England on vacation and we went to a farm where they bottle-fed lambs and they could pet all kinds of animals. Maybe the op is looking for something like that.
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