Meet Poppet & Daisy our Degus

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Adopting an animal is really easy. You simply choose the subscription plan you want and then click the PayPal button. You can then manage your subscription through your PayPal account.

The biggest and most effective way to support The Island Community Haven is through adopting an animal. Your adoption and support will allow us to continue to care for animals who are in need of a second chance. There are many individual perks to adopting an animal which are detailed below, but many of these rewards spread much further into the local community.

Find out more and see the perks of adopting an animal

Adopting an animal is really easy. You simply choose the subscription plan you want and then click the PayPal button. You can then manage your subscription through your PayPal account.

The biggest and most effective way to support The Island Community Haven is through adopting an animal. Your adoption and support will allow us to continue to care for animals who are in need of a second chance. There are many individual perks to adopting an animal which are detailed below; but many of these rewards spread much further into the local community.

Find out more and see the perks of adopting an animal

Poppet and Daisy are The Island’s other set of exotic animals and may be small but are both extremely quirky characters. You often walk into The Small Animal Room in a morning to swap the exercise wheel over (Poppet gets it in the evening and Daisy in the daytime) and whilst all of the other small animals (Daisy included) are going about their usual business – you are greeted by an almighty SQUEAK! High pitched and demanding… there it is again SQUEAK! It’s Poppet. Nose poking through the mesh of his cage, SQUEAK. Paws up to the bars, SQUEAK! Poppet wants to say hello, and he wants his breakfast, and he wants it now. SQUEAK!

‘According to researchers, degu vocalizations can include up to 15 unique sounds that they often use in complex ways. Degus may vocalize in greeting, to defend territory or young, to identify one another, when afraid or hurt, for mating or when unhappy. Degu “happy” sounds will seem more like a warbling noise. Degu “unhappy” sounds will seem more like a chittering or chattering noise.’

Poppet and Daisy’s Story

Poppet and Daisy came to The Island in February 2020. They once lived with a busy-but-loving family who were struggling to keep up with looking after them, whilst going about their daily lives. So, it was decided that the ‘goos’ would come to live with us at the farm! Poppet once attended the farm to visit our young people and to help them to learn about little exotic animals – staff and students fell in love with Poppet upon meeting him, so it was the perfect solution for him and Daisy to make the farm their forever home.

Poppet is very much like an old man, he’s grumpy and he loves his food and lots of attention (he also lets you know what he wants and when he wants it). Poppet was born in 2013, making him a very elderly degu indeed – usually degus live for between 6 and 8 years. However, he’s still got as much energy as a goo half of his age! Daisy, born in 2017, is very much more laid-back than Poppet, she’s happy to watch the world go by, have a little chatter with Poppet through the cage, stretch her legs in the exercise wheel and keep on-top of her meticulous grooming routine. Daisy loves a sand bath and will often sit in it whilst you try to lift it out of her cage. Unlike Poppet, Daisy is a professional self-groomer and is always looking pristine and fabulous. Poppet on the other hand, often rolls around in his sand bath with his eyes WIDE OPEN making a saline eye bath a regular occurrence (every… single… time…). Staff and young people are starting to believe that this is another ploy at attention grabbing that Poppet has mastered (and of course we always oblige).

Degu in exercise wheel

Poppet and Daisy are The Island’s other set of exotic animals and may be small but are both extremely quirky characters. You often walk into The Small Animal Room in a morning to swap the exercise wheel over (Poppet gets it in the evening and Daisy in the daytime) and whilst all of the other small animals (Daisy included) are going about their usual business – you are greeted by an almighty SQUEAK! High pitched and demanding… there it is again SQUEAK! It’s Poppet. Nose poking through the mesh of his cage, SQUEAK. Paws up to the bars, SQUEAK! Poppet wants to say hello, and he wants his breakfast, and he wants it now. SQUEAK!

‘According to researchers, degu vocalizations can include up to 15 unique sounds that they often use in complex ways. Degus may vocalize in greeting, to defend territory or young, to identify one another, when afraid or hurt, for mating or when unhappy. Degu “happy” sounds will seem more like a warbling noise. Degu “unhappy” sounds will seem more like a chittering or chattering noise.’

Poppet and Daisy came to The Island in February 2020. They once lived with a busy-but-loving family who were struggling to keep up with looking after them, whilst going about their daily lives. So, it was decided that the ‘goos’ would come to live with us at the farm! Poppet once attended the farm to visit our young people and to help them to learn about little exotic animals – staff and students fell in love with Poppet upon meeting him, so it was the perfect solution for him and Daisy to make the farm their forever home.

Poppet is very much like an old man, he’s grumpy and he loves his food and lots of attention (he also lets you know what he wants and when he wants it). Poppet was born in 2013, making him a very elderly degu indeed – usually degus live for between 6 and 8 years. However, he’s still got as much energy as a goo half of his age! Daisy, born in 2017, is very much more laid-back than Poppet, she’s happy to watch the world go by, have a little chatter with Poppet through the cage, stretch her legs in the exercise wheel and keep on-top of her meticulous grooming routine. Daisy loves a sand bath and will often sit in it whilst you try to lift it out of her cage. Unlike Poppet, Daisy is a professional self-groomer and is always looking pristine and fabulous. Poppet on the other hand, often rolls around in his sand bath with his eyes WIDE OPEN making a saline eye bath a regular occurrence (every… single… time…). Staff and young people are starting to believe that this is another ploy at attention grabbing that Poppet has mastered (and of course we always oblige).

The Degus in action

Video Credit:

The Island Project is an alternative education facility which is based on The Island Community Haven Farm. At the provision, many hard to reach young people learn to manage their social, emotional and mental health by participating in animal-assisted learning, many other outdoor learning activities, alongside AimVoc qualifications.

This video has been created alongside the young people who attend The Haven and who care for and love all of our animals.

Degu Welfare Considerations

‘Their natural environment is harsh and arid, and the degu lives on a unique diet of dry leaves, grasses and occasional seeds. Because of the unique terrain, their diet is very specific. There are no fruiting plants or vegetables available to feed on, which is the staple of most small rodents, and the digestive tract of the common degu has evolved accordingly.

Since the simple sugars from fruits are not in their natural diet, they have a poor tolerance for it, and have been used extensively in diabetes research because of this’

A degu’s teeth are continually growing and should be checked regularly. If your degu has bright white teeth (any human’s dream), this is an indicator of poor health and diet. What we should hope to see are bright orange/yellow teeth to ensure that a goo is healthy!

‘Tail injuries or loss is also common if your degus are handled incorrectly or have been involved in a fight with another degu. Also known as ‘degloving,’ this is when a degu allows their tail to detach to escape a predator. Either the skin and fur will detach from the tailbone or the whole tail may come off. Because of this, make sure you avoid picking your degu up by the tail’

How can you help?

When rehoming an animal, there is a lot to consider; including staff expertise and further training requirements, accommodation and space, equipment costs, and dietary requirements, just to name a few!

The biggest and most effective way to support The Island Community Haven is through adopting an animal. Your adoption and support will allow us to continue to care for animals who are in need of a second chance. There are many individual perks to adopting an animal which are detailed below; but many of these rewards spread much further into the wider community.

Rescue and rehomed animals will now have the opportunity to live a free-range lifestyle, to help young people manage their mental health and to feel love and care, which they themselves perhaps have not experienced before.  None of this would be possible without the animal adoring communities of Draycott, Borrowash, Risley and beyond.

Ideal last minute gift?

Why not adopt an animal for a special friend or relative. You will receive a member’s pack and perks to go along with many other perks, as part of your membership. See below for more information.

Attend a meet-up?

Fancy mucking out our animals, feeding them, fussing them and seeing the farm? Did you know that every Sunday, the farm is open to the local community.

Adopting An Animal is as easy as 1, 2, 3

1. Choose an animal to adopt

All of our animals are amazing, but who is your favourite?

2. Choose your subscription

Once subscribed you can manage your subscription directly through PayPal.

3. Become part of the community

Thank you for being amazing! We can’t wait to see you soon.

Perks of Adopting An Animal

When you adopt an animal, you become part of The Island Community Haven family

Silver

A great gift for all occasions

eCertificate & Thank You letter

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

£5

per month

Gold

Perfect for those who want to get involved

Posted Certificate and Welcome Pack

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

Patron Visits

Meet-ups

Discounts on other services

£10

per month

Platinum

Ideal for groups or those who can support more

Posted Certificate and Welcome Pack

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

Patron Visits

Meet-ups

Discounts on other services

Exclusive rental of the farm

£20+

per month

  • eCertificate (silver) or posted laminated Certificate (Gold & Platinum)
  • Download Pack containing different resources, videos of the animal you have adopted, screen savers and more.

The Island Community Haven has a private group area for all Gold and Platinum supporters. The area has regular updates including virtual tours of the farm and opportunities to interact with staff and animals. The content in this area is exclusive for those who have adopted an animal.

The Island Community Haven runs many other services outside of adopting an animal; The Island Project is an Alternative Provision which supports vulnerable young people who for a range of complex reasons are not accessing mainstream schooling, so instead young people access the farm and participant in animal-assisted learning, outside of the classroom-based learning, woodwork, art, gardening and much more.

Young People take part in regular English and Media sessions to bring you monthly newsletters written by the young people at The Island Project Farming & Education Centre.

Oversight of the newsletter will be completed by a member of staff who will also include many other relevant updates.

Throughout the year The Island Community Haven would love to invite everyone who has adopted an animal to come to the farm and see us in action. Dates are released throughout the year via email and social media.

Patrons will have exclusive use of the farm, meaning supporters can bring the family along to feed, fuss and engage with all of our animals. Staff will be at hand with activities and informative chats.

Hot drinks and food will also be available, making patron visits an ideal trip out for the family.

Sundays 10 am – 12 midday. Booking essential (Gold & Platinum – Free)

The purpose of The Island Community Haven meetups is to allow the local community the opportunity to visit a farm, which has lots of rescued animals and help care for them, maintain their accommodation and carry out minor repairs. Although the farm is utilized throughout the week by many different services, maintenance of the farm can build up. Together, during meetups volunteers can help keep the farm, animals and surrounding areas well kept.

The farm also hosts a community allotment patch, which is accessed throughout the week by young people and partners at The Island Project as well as those who attend meetups. In the garden you can expect to be learning gardening techniques, keeping fit while in nature and taking healthy food home for the family.

The farm is located on a 3-acre patch of land in Draycott which boarders Borrowash and Risley. Although the aims of meetups are to volunteer – socialising and meeting likeminded people is also a big part of the session. No previous experience is required, just a ‘can do’ attitude. Children under 16 or those with learning difficulties or additional support requirements must be accompanied by an adult.

Please contact Alison on 07970865154 before attending to secure your place.

As the Island Community Haven grows and becomes more sustainable more and more services will come to fruition. Discount is 50% for Gold and Platinum supporters.

Current services available for discount:

  • Exclusive use of site rental: The farm site can be rented for a range of business or personal occasions. For more information please click here
  • Party rental: Special Educational Needs (SEN) parties can be facilitated with trained staff provided. For more information please click here
  • Events: As part of fundraising efforts and efforts to bring the local community together with the Island Community Haven hosts a range of events held throughout the year. As a member, you will receive 50% of the entrance pricing for you and your visiting group.

Up and coming services:

  • Magic Manure: This service aims to provide those who already garden or who are interested in gardening with horse manure. Horse manure is an excellent want to replenish and regenerate soil which has been worked for many years and would benefit from a nutritional top-up. Alternatively, this service supports those who are just starting out; horse manure can be used to create new planting beds.
  • Workshops: Bringing experts to the farm to share knowledge and experiences is something the Haven is looking to develop. As a Silver or Platinum member, you will receive 50% of the entrance pricing for you and your visiting group.

Platinum supporters have the opportunity to use the farm space for an occasion of your choice for a morning, afternoon or evening session – for FREE (2-hour slots). This could be a social group, youth group, parties, family gathering, corporate meeting venue etc.

Booking is subject to availability, please contact us for more information.

Perks of Adopting An Animal

When you adopt an animal, you become part of The Island Community Haven family

Silver

A great gift for all occasions

eCertificate & Thank You letter

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

£5

per month

Gold

Perfect for those who want to get involved

Posted Certificate and Welcome Pack

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

Patron Visits

Meet-ups

Discounts on other services

£10

per month

Platinum

Ideal for groups or those who can support more

Posted Certificate and Welcome Pack

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

Patron Visits

Meet-ups

Discounts on other services

Exclusive rental of the farm

£20+

per month

  • eCertificate (silver) or posted laminated Certificate (Gold & Platinum)
  • Download Pack containing different resources, videos of the animal you have adopted, screen savers and more.

The Island Community Haven has a private group area for all Gold and Platinum supporters. The area has regular updates including virtual tours of the farm and opportunities to interact with staff and animals. The content in this area is exclusive for those who have adopted an animal.

The Island Community Haven runs many other services outside of adopting an animal; The Island Project is an Alternative Provision which supports vulnerable young people who for a range of complex reasons are not accessing mainstream schooling, so instead young people access the farm and participant in animal-assisted learning, outside of the classroom-based learning, woodwork, art, gardening and much more.

Young People take part in regular English and Media sessions to bring you monthly newsletters written by the young people at The Island Project Farming & Education Centre.

Oversight of the newsletter will be completed by a member of staff who will also include many other relevant updates.

Throughout the year The Island Community Haven would love to invite everyone who has adopted an animal to come to the farm and see us in action. Dates are released throughout the year via email and social media.

Patrons will have exclusive use of the farm, meaning supporters can bring the family along to feed, fuss and engage with all of our animals. Staff will be at hand with activities and informative chats.

Hot drinks and food will also be available, making patron visits an ideal trip out for the family.

Sundays 10 am – 12 midday. Booking essential (Gold & Platinum – Free)

The purpose of The Island Community Haven meetups is to allow the local community the opportunity to visit a farm, which has lots of rescued animals and help care for them, maintain their accommodation and carry out minor repairs. Although the farm is utilized throughout the week by many different services, maintenance of the farm can build up. Together, during meetups volunteers can help keep the farm, animals and surrounding areas well kept.

The farm also hosts a community allotment patch, which is accessed throughout the week by young people and partners at The Island Project as well as those who attend meetups. In the garden you can expect to be learning gardening techniques, keeping fit while in nature and taking healthy food home for the family.

The farm is located on a 3-acre patch of land in Draycott which boarders Borrowash and Risley. Although the aims of meetups are to volunteer – socialising and meeting likeminded people is also a big part of the session. No previous experience is required, just a ‘can do’ attitude. Children under 16 or those with learning difficulties or additional support requirements must be accompanied by an adult.

Please contact Alison on 07970865154 before attending to secure your place.

As the Island Community Haven grows and becomes more sustainable more and more services will come to fruition. Discount is 50% for Gold and Platinum supporters.

Current services available for discount:

  • Exclusive use of site rental: The farm site can be rented for a range of business or personal occasions. For more information please click here
  • Party rental: Special Educational Needs (SEN) parties can be facilitated with trained staff provided. For more information please click here
  • Events: As part of fundraising efforts and efforts to bring the local community together with the Island Community Haven hosts a range of events held throughout the year. As a member, you will receive 50% of the entrance pricing for you and your visiting group.

Up and coming services:

  • Magic Manure: This service aims to provide those who already garden or who are interested in gardening with horse manure. Horse manure is an excellent want to replenish and regenerate soil which has been worked for many years and would benefit from a nutritional top-up. Alternatively, this service supports those who are just starting out; horse manure can be used to create new planting beds.
  • Workshops: Bringing experts to the farm to share knowledge and experiences is something the Haven is looking to develop. As a Silver or Platinum member, you will receive 50% of the entrance pricing for you and your visiting group.

Platinum supporters have the opportunity to use the farm space for an occasion of your choice for a morning, afternoon or evening session – for FREE (2-hour slots). This could be a social group, youth group, parties, family gathering, corporate meeting venue etc.

Booking is subject to availability, please contact us for more information.

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