Other Critters

Cool Buns: Zeer Pot Platform

by Daisy Barnyard

English Angora rabbits in the US south–how does that work? I’m a new rabbit mom, having only adopted our bunnies this spring, so figuring out how to keep woolly critters comfortable in the heat has been an experimental effort this summer. They have an enclosed run so they can leave their hutch whenever they want […]

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Worm Farm Basics

by Daisy Barnyard

Why would anyone want to raise worms? There are tons of worms everywhere already! Underneath the potted plants on the patio, below that cardboard box you left out on the driveway, every time you stick a shovel or a trowel in the dirt, worms! You want worms in the earth, right, improving the soil in […]

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How To Kill a Fly

by Ivory Soap Barnyard

We love using our electric flyswatter.  That crack of electricity when you get one is such a satisfying sound.  However, there is a technique to catching those buggers.  This is a really short post, but it will change your life. 1.  Wait for the fly to land. 2.  Place edge of racket on surface, about […]

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Feeding the Bees

by Daisy Barnyard

When checking inside my horizontal top bar hive the other day I found this, an empty comb.  Not sure what was going on, I showed the comb to my neighbor, an experienced beekeeper.  In his opinion, this showed that the bees seemed to be chowing down on their own honey, and that they probably could […]

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Top Bar Bee Hive

by Daisy Barnyard

I remember the family beehives from childhood– smoldering cotton sending puffs of smoke from granddad’s smoker, jars of comb submerged in amber, chewing the honeyed wax like gum. I always knew I wanted to continue the tradition but I thought living in a subdivision meant no bees for me. I was happy to learn I […]

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