Farmyard Cries (1952 & c.1961 Versions)
Updated: Mar 3
Farmyard Cries Card Game, Pictured by Racey Helps
First Published: 1952, Pepys Series, Pepys Series Games by Castell Brothers Ltd.,
Second Box: 1961 c., A Pepys Game, Pepys Series by Castell Brothers Ltd., St. Cross Street, London
Illustrator or Designer: Racey Helps
Contents: 44 Cards + Rules Booklet
The 44 cards are divided into 7 sets. Each set has a "Mother" card, 1 or 2 "Young" cards, 1 or 2 "Where Found" cards and 1 or more "Breed" cards.
Farmyard Cries Cards 1. Mother: Mrs. Cluck-Cluck, Young: Chick, Egg (Chicken), Where Found:Dust Bath, Coop, Breed: Rhode Island Red, White Leghorn, Light Sussex
Farmyard Cries Cards 2. Mother: Mrs. Quack-Quack, Young: Duckling, Egg (Duck), Where Found: Duck Pond, Duck House, Breed: Indian Runner
Farmyard Cries Cards 3: Mother: Mrs. Bow-Wow, Young: Puppy, Where Found: Kennel, Rabbit Warren, Breed: Bulldog, Pekinese, Foxhound, Field Spaniel
Farmyard Cries Cards 4: Mother: Mrs. Baa-Baa, Young: Lamb, Where Found: Shearing Shed, Sheep Pen, Breed: Welsh Mountain Ram, Dartmoor Ram
Farmyard Cries Cards 5: Mother: Mrs. Miaow, Young: Kitten, Where Found: Mouse Hole, Breed: Manx, Siamese, Persian
Farmyard Cries Cards 6: Mother: Mrs. Moo-Moo, Young: Calf, Where Found: Meadow, Breed: Friesian, Highland
Farmyard Cries Cards 7: Mother: Mrs.Grunt, Young: Piglet, Where Found: Sty, Breed: Large White
Farmyard Cries is a beautifully illustrated and amusing game. Racey Helps' cards feature numerous puns, jokes and allusions and the rules were also designed to promote noisy good cheer. This is the "Crying for the Young Rule":
"If a player manages to collect a 'Mother' card, a 'Where Found' card and a 'Breed' card they may cry for the 'Young' by imitating the call of the animal or bird concerned. Any player or players holding the required 'Young card' must give it, or them, to that player, who will then have won the round. The call to be made when crying for the 'Young' is the name given to the mother.
Crying for the 'Young can be done at any time in the game and it does not count as a turn. There is no penalty for unsuccessfully crying..."
There are two totally different boxes for Farmyard Cries, separated in publication by around a decade but the cards and rules are the same. Rather than treat the game as two different editions I have kept both entries on this page.
For details of all the games Racey Helps illustrated for Pepys click this link.
Both packs featured here were part of Rex Pitts' personal collection. The third box base is from another pack.
Game & Version Details
Farmyard Cries - Card Back 1
Farmyard Cries - Rules Front 1
Farmyard Cries - Rules Back 1
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Farmyard Cries - Box Back 1
Farmyard Cries - Box Top 1
Farmyard Cries - Box Side Left 1
Farmyard Cries - Box Base 1
Farmyard Cries - Box Side Right 1
Farmyard Cries - Box Back With Flap 1
Farmyard Cries - Card Back 2
Farmyard Cries - Rules Front 2
Farmyard Cries - Rules Back 2
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Farmyard Cries - Box Back 2
Farmyard Cries - Box Top 2
Farmyard Cries - Box Side Left 2
Farmyard Cries - Box Base 2
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Farmyard Cries - Box Side Right 2
Farmyard Cries - Box Back With Flap 2