Barnyard

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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Guess What? Chicken Butt!

by Ivory Soap Barnyard

You know how some people say to “leave it on the field” or “leave it on the dance floor?”  My chicken left it “in the yard.”  Her chicken butt, that is. If you’ve never been awakened by a screaming 13 yr old at 5:30 AM, “There’s a fox in the yard chasing the chickens!” You […]

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What A Face

by Daisy Barnyard

We brought the buns home last night. They’re getting settled in, getting more than their fair share of cuddles. More photos later, and a pic of the other sister soon. During this photo shoot she was napping in the hidey box so I left her alone. But seriously, folks. Check out this mug. That is […]

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1000 New Pets

by Daisy Barnyard

As I write this, I can hear the sound of newspaper being ripped in long, thin strips in the next room. According to the USPS Tracking system, 1000 of my newest pets have already arrived at my local post office and are probably being sorted and loaded on a mail truck right now to arrive […]

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Rabbit Hutch Progress

by Daisy Barnyard

The rabbit hutch is coming along. Its basic carcass is plywood and 2x2s, plus the Curb Whisperer rescued a bunch of old cedar fencing and I’m using it for siding and for the door. It’s got that “old barn” feel. All we need is a roof, a floor, and some door hinges, and the basic […]

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New Additions to the Farm

by Daisy Barnyard

Having a blog with a blog partner is great. I can safely say we couldn’t do it without each other. I, Daisy, am technologically disastrous, have no sense of organization, and truly cannot/will not research and devise any formulae more complicated than pancake recipes. Deanna, on the other hand, can engineer scientifically-based laundry detergent, design […]

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Kids and Chickens

by Daisy Barnyard

  I know a lot of people are contemplating whether or not to get chickens these days, and one of the factors involved is often how will the children in the family react and interact with the new additions to the household. I thought I’d offer some thoughts on our experience and also get some […]

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Guess Who Has Baby Goats?

by Ivory Soap Barnyard

ME!!!! Let the healing begin. Their names are Taco and Steve.  (Taco has the “sauce” on him.)  They’re wethers.  Snipped.  Fixed.  Anyway, they’re adorable! We got them from Osborne Farm in Burlison, TN.  It was an HOUR away.  Steve rode in my daughter’s lap. Taco rode in mine. He left me some sauce. He’s not […]

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Pre-made Coop, not worth it

by Ivory Soap Barnyard

Remember that coop? 12 months later…. The ramp fell off the first week, but we didn’t worry.  Hens easily leap a foot up.  But now it seems like it was an omen. Thoughts? Seriously!

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The Sheep and the Goats

by Ivory Soap Barnyard

Lots of you told me that the sheep was sick.  Bowling ball poop is not normal.  I believed you, but I didn’t take it seriously enough to DO something.  But now, it’s too late.  Sylvie and Lily are gone.  It was a parasite.  A month after the sheep was gone from our yard, so were […]

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Iris Time With Chickens

by Daisy Barnyard

Another overnight rain. The garden slurped it up with gusto. Especially in the spring, when if it rains, it pours, I’m reminded of the value of raised beds, whether in boxes or in rows. Nothing gets submerged in puddles, nothing gets washed to oblivion, no matter how much rain the garden gets. There’s a reason […]

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Seasonality

by Daisy Barnyard

When all you know is the year-round availability of everything from the supermarket, it’s easy to forget the reason why, for example, eggs are an emblem of spring. When you have your own hens, though, and after a long, eggless winter your hens are finally producing at top capacity right at Easter/Passover time, it becomes […]

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What I’ve Been Building This Winter

by Daisy Barnyard

I love to build. I also love to “design” building projects from scratch. Sitting down with a pencil and some scrap paper and a few ideas is one of my favorite ways to wile away a winter evening. Then, starting to put things together, working out problems along the way, researching, adding on, tweaking the […]

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Build A Vintage-Inspired Egg Rack

by Daisy Barnyard

This is one of my favorite things around the house. The first time I noticed an egg rack was in a movie. It was Gosford Park, and believe me or don’t believe me, but I was more interested in this thing than in Clive Owen. I froze the movie over and over to get a […]

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The Police Are Handing Out Sheep

by Ivory Soap Barnyard

A week ago, there was a knock at my door…at 8AM.  Police officers. “Ma’am, do you own a white goat?” “Yes.” “Is it missing?  There’s one jumping around on Poplar.”  (That’s our main drag through town.) Nope.  Goats don’t ROAM like a dog that gets loose.  And, they stay in pairs.  So, I was pretty […]

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How We Liked the New Nest Box

by Daisy Barnyard

What is that thing? What are you doing in there? We all must know. Move over. Hasn’t killed anybody yet. Must check it out. OK, enough of the chicken POV. Initially, things looked promising. They were curious about the new box and kicked the tires around for a few hours, so to speak. When it […]

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Roll-Out Nesting Box

by Daisy Barnyard

Chicken Time-Out wasn’t much of a success. First, there’s the problem of having to catch an angry chicken first thing every morning. No amount of coffee can prepare me for that. Second, I think there may be another culprit. My smartypants Rhode Island Red laid an egg on the top shelf of the coop yesterday […]

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Great Little Backyard Coop

by Ivory Soap Barnyard

We’ve learned the hard way, that a “free range” chicken is pretty much a “dead” chicken.  Out of 15 chickens we’ve owned.  We have 4 left.  Four were predator deaths.  One was old age.  Six were killed by their own stupidity: hanging themselves on fences they couldn’t quite jump, ramming themselves under fences they couldn’t […]

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Egg-Eater Blues

by Daisy Barnyard

About a week or two ago, the daily egg count began to take a dive. I might collect five or six eggs one day, next to none the next day. A couple of days I literally collected no eggs. Some days several, some days one or two. I found a couple of half eaten eggs […]

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Chickens in the Snow

by Daisy Barnyard

I took advantage of the snow day here to sleep in. When I finally peered out of the window around 9 o’clock, I noticed there were no chickens pecking around the chicken run. We’ve had snow before, several times in fact, and the chickens didn’t seem to mind terribly so I became a little concerned. […]

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