Critter Chatter

Why I Got Started Pullets Instead of Chicks This Time

by Daisy Barnyard

How do I decide when to get more chickens? Simple: When I don’t have enough eggs. Why did I decide to get 6 week old juvenile chickens this time? This spring we got angora rabbits, and while they are delightful, sweet, and produce soft fiber to spin, they don’t lay eggs. They did, however, preclude […]

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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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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, “A fox is killing the chickens!” You haven’t lived.  That’s […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Still Worth It DIY: Herbs and Animals

by Ivory Soap Barnyard

  Of all the low hassle animals in the world, chickens are the top.  They eat the leftovers.  They make eggs.  No food is wasted in our house, ever.  My kids are free to never clean their plate, because we have chickens. Also, still worth it, mini-goats.  No, we don’t milk them, but they’re so […]

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Black Swallowtail

by Daisy Critter Chatter

I’ve been wondering for some time whether or not the single clump of bronze fennel I grow in my garden has been earning its keep. I don’t really cook with it, and it has grown so large, stretching over six feet tall and several feet wide, at one end of the asparagus bed.  Was it […]

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How I Kill Voles

by Daisy Critter Chatter

I thought of titling this post How I Catch Voles, to avoid the use of the word kill, but the truth is, I don’t capture them and release them to the wild. I don’t enjoy vole-icide, but when, the other day, I went into the garden and saw practically an entire row of almost-ready-to-be-picked, extremely […]

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Cucumber Beetles

by Daisy Critter Chatter

Year before last, I had so many cucumbers I didn’t know what to do with them.   I collected baskets and baskets and made dozens of jars of relish, pickles, and jelly.  Just kidding, I didn’t make cucumber jelly. But I was tempted. Then last year, I blithely planted cucumbers again without a worry in the […]

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Gutting Fish Phobia

by Ivory Soap Barnyard

  I had a *phobia* of dead things.  See last paragraph in this post.  And lately, my husband has been bringing home trout.  All of my kids can gut the fish, but I hide in the bedroom and get hot all over if they even talk about it.  So, the next time they did it, […]

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