Barn Buddy is a farm-based Facebook game created by TheBroth. Our Barn Buddy strategy guide discusses things like how to play Barn Buddy, cool Barn Buddy tips, and how to win lots of money from the game. As more information and features are released from the game by TheBroth we will update our guide to reflect such changes in game play. Feel free to contact us if you believe there are any awesome Barn Buddy tips or strategies not seen here and we’ll make sure to include them the next time we update our guide.
Barn Buddy Beginners
Plowing / removing dead plants – Removing plants and plowing in your fields in Barn Buddy requires the same tool. Just select the white arrow in your toolbar and click on the field(s) that you want to plow. You will earn 3 points for each field that you plow and you must plow before you can plant any seeds.
Planting crops – To plant crops, you’ll need to visit the store and purchase some seeds. The store icon is located at the top of your screen. Just click the icon to open the store and then click the category of your choice. You can either plant crops or flowers in your fields. Once you have the category open, select the crop or flower that you want to purchase by clicking on it. A box will then open and you can select how many seeds you want to purchase. Then click the Buy button at the bottom of the box. Once you have bought all of the seeds you want to plant, close the store. Now go to the bottom of your screen and click the Seed bag. There you’ll see a menu open with the seeds you just purchased. Select a seed and then click the field in which you want to plant it.
Harvesting crops – When your crops are ready to be harvested, select the hand tool at the bottom of your screen and click on the field that is ready. Once harvested, crops and flowers will then be placed in your storage bin.
Selling crops – After you’ve harvested your crops, you may want to sell them. To do this, go to the top of your screen and click on the storage icon. Once the storage bin opens, click the sell button to sell your Barn Buddy crop.
Killing weeds– Weeds will often grow in your fields and slow the growth of crops. This ultimately damages your potential profits as it will take longer to get your crops to market. Hence, it is important to keep the weeds out of your fields to improve your yield. To do this, grab the weed killer located in your bottom toolbar and click the fields that have weeds growing in them.
Killing bugs – Just like weeds, bugs damage your crops and reduce your profits. Keep your fields free of bugs by using the bug spray that is located at the bottom of your toolbar.
Watering crops – Keeping crops watered is critical to keeping them healthy. To water your flowers, click the water bucket at the bottom of your screen and then click on the fields that need watering.
Fertilizing crops – Fertilizers can be used to help your crops grow faster and therefore increase profits. You can buy one of the bags with coins but the other bags have to be bought with Barn Buddy Credits. Unfortunately, the bag that you can buy with coins is the weakest bag of fertilizer. To buy fertilizers, click the store at the top of your screen and select a fertilizer category. Then click the fertilizer that you want to buy and indicate a quantity. Complete your purchase and the fertilizer will then be stored in your bag located at the bottom of your toolbar.
Free gifts – Barn Buddy will often give you free gifts. If you have a free gift waiting, it will appear on the left side of your screen. The icon will be blinking or may appear shiny. If you have a gift, click on it to accept it. Sometimes, you’ll receive a barn and other times you may receive a package of seeds.
Changing your character’s appearance – Unfortunately you can’t do much to change the look of your character; all you can do is rotate the photo and zoom in and out of the photo. You cannot change the photo nor can you change the clothes or any other aspect of your avatar’s appearance.
Expanding your farm – To expand your farm, click on the Expand sign and choose either coins or credits. You must have already leveled up to a certain point in the game in order to use coins to expand your farm. Credits, on the other hand, do not require you to be at a given Barn Buddy level in order to expand your farm.
Sound and music – If the sounds and the music in Barn Buddy gets on your nerves at times, you can disable them by clicking on each icon. Click them once to turn them off and click them again to turn them back on.
Zooming in / out – In the right corner of your screen, are the Zoom icons that increase the magnification of your screen. Continue clicking on them until you’ve obtained your desired screen size.
Notification settings – To modify notifications, click on the Preferences link located at the top of your screen, select the notifications tab, and change the settings to what you desire.
Viewing messages – At the top of your screen, click on the white envelope to view your messages. These may come from the Barn Buddy game or from your friends.
Sending messages to friends– If you want to send messages to your friends through the Barn Buddy game, go to your friends list and place your mouse on the friend that you want to send the message to. When the menu opens, click the message option and type your message in the field. When you’re done click the Post button to send your message.
Barn Buddy dog – The Barn Buddy dog acts as your pet and guard dog in the game. If you buy a dog, he’ll guard your crops to prevent them from being stolen by thieves. He will also prevent your friends from adding weeds and bugs to your crops. In order to obtain a dog you’ll have to refer 10 friends to Barn Buddy or utilize your Barn Buddy credits to buy him. You’ll need to click on the dog’s bowl occasionally to feed him; otherwise, he won’t guard your crops.
Barn Buddy cow – Barn Buddy cows produce milk that can be sold for coins and gathering that milk earns you experience points in the game. To milk your cow, click the harvest glove located on your bottom toolbar and select the cow you want to milk. Cows need to be milked about every six hours and they can be bought in the store using Barn Buddy coins.
Barn Buddy chicken – Chickens bought from the store will provide you with eggs which can be sold for coins and they’ll also earn you experience points. The chicken can be purchased with coins or credits from the game. To get the chickens to lay eggs, you must click on several times to get them to go to the nest. Once they are in the nest, click on them again to have them lay eggs. Once the eggs are produced, use your harvest glove to collect them. Your chickens will be able to lay eggs once every six hours.
Barn Buddy pig – The pig can be purchased from the store and you can clean it to earn experience points. Other than cleaning the pig to earn points it doesn’t benefit you very much to own one. To clean the pig, elect the harvest glove from your toolbar and click on it.
Barn Buddy sheep – Sheep can be purchased from your Barn Buddy store using coins or credits. It can be sheared to earn experience points and the wool can be sold to earn Barn Buddy coins. To shear your sheep, click on it with your harvest glove.
How To Play Barn Buddy
How to earn coins – There are a few different ways to earn coins in Barn Buddy. You will need coins in order to buy crops, animals, decorations, and other Barn Buddy items. Below you’ll find some of the ways you can earn coins in Barn Buddy.
- Harvest animals – Some Barn Buddy animals can be harvested to earn coins but not all of them. Once again, check out the Barn Buddy items chart attached to this guide to find out which ones generate coins.
- Harvest crops – Harvesting your crops is another way to earn Barn Buddy coins. Make sure you harvest them sooner than later because there’s always a risk of them being stolen.
- Help your friends – Helping your Barn Buddy friends is another way to earn coins.
- Selling gifts – If you have any Barn Buddy gifts that you don’t want you can always sell them to earn some extra coins.
How to earn credits – There is only one way to earn credits in Barn Buddy; filling out surveys and offers. The credits you earn will vary depending on the offers. Sometimes an offer will appear at the top of your screen asking you to install something and you will be rewarded with X amount of credits. Be careful doing this though; you don’t want to install something that’s going to compromise your computers security or annoy you.
How to buy credits – If you need more credits and want to buy them, click the Earn Credits link at the top of your screen. When the page reloads, you will see the various credits packages and options for buying them.
How to earn points – Points are required to reach new Barn Buddy levels and advance in the game. Below are some ways to earn experience points in Barn Buddy.
- Plowing Fields – Plowing your Barn Buddy fields will earn you three points per field.
- Watering Fields – Watering your flowers will also earn you some experience points.
- Spraying Weeds – Removing the weeds by spraying them with weed killer will generate experience points for you.
- Spraying Bugs – Keeping the bugs out of your fields by using the bug spray helps you earn more experience points.
- Helping Friends – Visiting your friends daily and helping them will earn you experience points both directly and indirectly.
- Harvesting Animals – Some of the animals will reward you with points when you harvest and care for them.
Barn Buddy shopping – To go shopping in Barn Buddy, click on the store icon and you’ll see the following list of categories.
- Crops– This is where you go to buy the seeds for your crops. You can choose a crop and a box will open to give you information on that crop. Then you can select to buy it if you are on the required level and have all the necessary coins to do so.
- Flowers – Flowers are very expensive and there are only a couple of types; regular and special. Regular flowers that can be purchased with coins whereas special flowers must be purchased using credits.
- Animals – Some animals can earn you coins and Barn Buddy experience points while others may only earn points for you. Make sure you check out the our items comparison table to find out which animals earn you coins/points and how much.
- Extras – In this category, you will find a Barn Buddy toolbar and bags of fertilizers. Remember that the weakest fertilizer can only bought with coins and all other fertilizers must be purchased using credits.
- Decorations – Like fertilizers, some of the decorations can be purchased with coins while others may only be bought using Barn Buddy credits.
- Holidays – This is where all of the holiday items are sold and where you’ll find some great discounts once the holidays pass.
- Premium – This category offers two dogs (Paris Hilton and Snoop Dog) that can be purchased with credits.
Arranging Barn Buddy items– If you want to arrange the items on your farm, grab the arrange tool at the top of your screen that looks like a cross with four arrows. Now grab one of the items you want to move and place it where you want it to reside and click the left mouse button. After you’re done moving your items, click the Save button located at the bottom of your window.
Hiding items – If you have items that you want to hide, click the arrange icon at the top of your screen. Once the screen goes dark, click the item you want to hide and click the hide button. Then click the Save button at the bottom of your screen to save your changes an exit the arrangement screen.
Leveling up – At the top of your screen you’ll see the experience points bar. Placing your mouse over the level bar will tell you how many points you need to reach the next level in the Barn Buddy game.
How to buy credits for friends – The Barn Buddy game provides the option of buying credits for your Barn Buddy friends. To do this, you will need to click the Earn Credits link at the top of your screen and scroll to the second section of the page. In that section, you’ll see your options for purchasing credits for your friends. Simply select the option you want and check out.
Changing preferences – When someone waters your plants, adds bugs to your fields, and completes other tasks, you can control the messages they see. To customize these messages, click on the preferences link, type what you want in the text boxes, and click the Save button. The next time someone steals an item from you or helps you out on your farm, they’ll see the customized messages that you’ve created.
Inviting friends – If you have friends that do not play Barn Buddy and you want to invite them click the Invite button at the top of your screen. Once the page loads, you will need to select the friends that you want to send the invitations.
Adding neighbors – To add Barn Buddy neighbors, click the Add More Neighbors button at the bottom of your screen and then select the people you want to add. Upon accepting your request, these individuals will appear in your neighbors list.
Visiting friends – You can visit your friends to either help them or steal from them. You’ll earn Barn Buddy coins and experience points by doing such things on their farm. To visit your friends’ farms, simply click on the friend that you want to visit. Below you’ll find a list of the various things you can do there and how to do each one of them.
- Watering crops – To water crops, select the water bucket at the bottom of the screen and click on the field that needs watering. The field will then be watered and you will be rewarded for doing such a nice thing for your friend.
- Stealing crops– If you want to steal your friends’ crops, select the black glove, place it over the crops that you want to steal, and click on your mouse.
- Spraying for bugs – If your friends have bugs in their fields you can use the bug spray to rid their crops of these pests.
- Adding bugs – If you want to play a trick on your friends you can add bugs to their fields. Just click on the bug at the bottom of the screen and select the field you want to add them to. Note that you can only add bugs to fields that have crops.
- Spraying weeds – You can spray weeds in your friends’ fields by clicking the Weed Spray link at the bottom of your screen and selecting the field(s) you want to spray.
- Adding weeds– You can also add weeds to your friends’ fields if you want. Just click the weeds icon at the bottom of the screen and then select the field that you want add the weeds to.
- Watering crops – If your friends’ fields are in need of water, you can click the water bucket and water their crops for them.
Sending gifts – For some reason, this game doesn’t offer that many free gifts you can send to your friends. Hopefully that will change in the future. To send the gift to your friends, click the Gift link at the top of your screen and select either the bunny, turnip, carrot, or corn. A box will open and you will see the list of friends. Check the box next to the friends that you want to send the bunny to and click the Send button.
Accepting gifts – To accept the gifts your friends sent you, click the Gifts link at the top of your screen and click on the Check For New Gifts button.
Barn Buddy Strategy
Invest in high profit animals – If you are considering buying animals, it is a good idea to invest in the most profitable ones. As you may know some animals generate more coins and experience points than others. To find out which animals yield the most revenue, check out our Barn Buddy items comparison chart embedded in this article.
Post conservatively – While you’re playing Barn Buddy the game will ask you to update your profile as you acheive goals. This can offend your Facebook friends if you do it too often so make sure that it isn’t automatically posting on your behalf. To disable this feature on your Facebook profile, see our Facebook Guide.
Buy highly profitable crops – Just as animals differ in their profitability so do crops. Again, make sure you check out our crops table to find out which crops earn you the most Barn Buddy money.
Plan your crops – Planting crops according to what your daily schedule allows is a great way to optimize your time and maximize profits. Since each crop takes a different amount of time, you should plant those that accommodate your schedule so that friends don’t steal your crops or damage them.
Buy a dog – If you want to deter people from stealing your crops and vandalizing them buy a dog. The dog will protect your crops as long as you keep him well fed. If he goes hungry, he may leave and you will not be protected.
Speed game loads – Facebook games tend to have loading issues where the game takes a long time before it displays or it just never connects. One solution to speeding up the loading of games is to change web browsers. Opera or Google Chrome are two alternative browsers that you may want to try out.
Bad karma – This is common sense; if do not want people stealing from you, don’t steal from them. Being kind to your friends encourages them to reciprocate.
Expand your farm – As you play Barn Buddy continue to increase the size of your farm adding more crops and animals. Doing so will earn you more coins, experience points and it will help you level up faster in the game.
Get free credits – When you see the offers at the top of your screen accept them to earn free credits. For example, you may see an offer to get a barn and earn 1,000 credits. Simply take the barn and you will be rewarded with the credits.
Messaging with invites – When you send out Barn Buddy invites make sure you send an message with your invitations. Adding “Barn Buddy” and “Barn Buddy add” lets your potential friend know why you are bothering them and they will therefore be more likely to accept the friend request.
Be nice to friends – Take time to help your Barn Buddy neighbors by visiting their farm and sending them gifts. It will help both of you; you’ll gain experience points and coins by doing things like watering their crops and it will encourage them to assist you in the Barn Buddy game too.
Barn Buddy groups – The Barn Buddy game is pretty popular on Facebook and you should have no problem finding Barn Buddy fan pages to join. These are great places to grow your Barn Buddy neighbors list so make sure you become a fan of such pages/groups. There you’ll find other Barn Buddy players you can add and post your profile on the wall so they can add you too.
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