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Save On Yeti Coolers & Muck Boots on Small Business Saturday

Monday, November 21st, 2016
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SAVE on Yeti Tundra and Roadie coolers AND in-stock Muck Boots on Small Business Saturday, November 26th, at J&N Feed and Seed.

20% off in-stock Muck Boots for the family
Huge SAVINGS on in-stock Yeti Tundra and Roadie coolers*

J & N Feed & Seed
450 Pecan Street
Graham, Texas 76450-2524
Phone: (940) 549-4631

*While we can’t publish the price of the Yeti Coolers, we can guarantee substantial savings. Give us a call at (940) 549-4631, for pricing. We’re OPEN on Small Business Saturday from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm, so shop early for best selection.

Join us for Small Business Saturday, on November 26. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with our specials and new products. This season, we are thankful for our wonderful customers. Thank you for making J&N your shopping destinations for feed, pet supplies, animal health and hunting products, and much more. We are proud to serve the community of Graham and surrounding areas.

Turkey Fryers From Bayou Classic at J&N

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Turkey FryersBayou Classic Turkey Fryers are in stock at J&N Feed and Seed, just in time for Thanksgiving.  Deep fried turkey is a Thanksgiving tradition in the Lone Star State and at J&N we’ve got just what you need to fry your bird to perfection. No dry turkey this year!

J&N Feed and Seed stocks specialty outdoor turkey fryers manufactured by Bayou Classic of Brandon, MS. We currently stock several different sizes of turkey fryers including the 32 QT turkey fryer with rack, 80 QT Stock Pot with lid, 42 QT turkey fryer pot kit, and the Hi-Press cooker base.

32-Qt Turkey Fryer – . The Stainless Steel 32-Quart Stockpot allows you to fry a turkey in as little as 45 minutes. The indentation in the pot raises the basket 1.75 in. above the bottom for steaming or boiling seafood, crawfish, clams, and vegetables.

80-QT Stockpot with Lid – This Commercial Strength Aluminum Stockpot features a Vented Lid, Heavy Duty Riveted Handles, and a Perforated Basket.

42 quart Grand Gobbler Turkey Fryer – The 42-qt grand gobbler is specifically designed to fry your larger Thanksgiving Turkey to 25 lb.

Stainless Steel High-Pressure Cooker Base – The 3 leg design provides a sturdy base and raises the 14-inch cooking surface to 21 Inch tall. It features an all welded stainless steel design with a powerful 4 inch cast iron burner.

Three Tips To Help Molting Chickens

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Molting ChickensIt’s autumn. Time for comfy sweaters, pumpkin-flavored everything and… vacation? For backyard chickens across the country, shorter days often signal time for a break. Birds may stop laying eggs, lose old feathers and grow new ones. This annual vacation from egg laying is called molt.

Molt is driven by season and usually occurs in the fall when the hours of sunlight decrease. For our birds, fall means it’s time to prepare for winter, which requires quality feathers. That’s why hens take a vacation from laying eggs and redirect their energy to regrowing feathers.

 When do chickens molt?

This feather loss phenomenon first happens when birds are approximately 18 months old and then occurs annually. Backyard flock owners should expect about 8 weeks of feather loss and regrowth but could take up to 16 weeks for some birds.

Though the general process is similar, not all molting seasons are created equal.

The onset and length of molt looks different for each bird. How long chickens molt for depends on factors such as age, consumed nutrients and the environment. You’ll often first notice that feathers are losing their sheen. Hens may then gradually lose a few feathers or it could happen overnight. We’ve noticed that more productive egg-layers and younger hens recover from molt more quickly than older or less productive hens. In any case, proper nutrients and management can help birds through molt.

Three tips for molting chickens

  1. Pack the protein Just like humans, birds need a different diet depending on their current activity or life stage. Protein is the key nutrient to pack in a flock’s diet during molt.

    The number one nutrient switches from calcium to protein during molt. This is because feathers are made of 80-85 percent protein, whereas eggshells are primarily calcium.

    When you notice your chickens losing feathers, switch to a complete feed that’s 20 percent protein and includes probiotics, prebiotics and key vitamins and minerals. Purina® Flock Raiser® chicken feed is a key option. A high-protein complete feed can help hens channel nutrients into feather regrowth and get back to laying eggs.

    For organic flocks, try switching hens to Purina® Organic Starter-Grower when molting begins in order to maintain organic status and provide a higher level of nutrition they need for feather regrowth.

  2. Keep stress low
    While on vacation, people generally want plenty of comfort and room to relax. It isn’t so different inside the coop during molt. Keep molting chickens comfortable by preventing stress.During molt, the area where the feather shaft meets the skin can be very sensitive, so reduce handling and provide plenty of clean bedding. Offer enough space for your birds to rest and relax in private. For each bird, four square feet inside the coop and 10 square feet outside of the coop can keep them comfortable.

    In addition, provide access to plenty of fresh, clean water and proper air ventilation. Hydration and ventilation can help keep the backyard coop spa-like for feather regrowth. Avoid introducing new flock members during this time, as adding in new friends and potentially re-shuffling the pecking order could add stress.

  3. Transition back to layer feed
    Once birds are ready to return from vacation and begin producing eggs, it’s time to adjust the nutrient profile to match their energy needs once again.When hens begin laying eggs, transition back to a complete layer feed that matches your goals. Gradually mix the complete layer feed with the high-protein feed over the course of 7 to 10 days. This can help avoid digestive upsets and allows birds to get used to the taste and texture of their new feed. Once they’re back on a complete layer feed and have vibrant new feathers, get ready again for farm fresh eggs for your family.

Six Signs of Good Quality Horse Hay

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Horse HayForage makes up between 50 and 90 percent or more of a horse’s diet. Much of the forage part of the diet comes in the form of hay. Because it’s such a big part of the ration, a good quality hay can help keep a horse healthy, while a poor quality hay can be detrimental. This is why, as nutritionists and horse owners, we put a big emphasis on the quality of hay we feed.

The nutritional value of hay is the most important factor when determining its quality. This begins with the stage of plant maturity at time of harvest. Young, immature plants contain more nutrients than older, stemmier plants. Though after hay is harvested, the level of horse hay quality goes beyond the age of the plant at harvest.

Identifying good quality hay for horses:

When selecting your horse’s forage, keep these six signs of good quality hay in mind:

1. High leaf-to-stem ratio 
Think about the leafy greens you eat. You likely prefer greens with leaves rather than just stems. The same is true for your horse. Look for more flat leaves in the hay and fewer round stems; this indicates the plant was less mature when cut. More leaves typically mean higher digestibility and nutrient content for your horse.

2. Small diameter stems
Stems smaller in diameter or finer are also indicators of higher quality horse hay. Small stems mean the plant was less mature when cut. To test stem size, grab a handful of hay and give it a squeeze. Good quality hay is soft and pliable, and feels good in your hand. If it feels like you’re squeezing a handful of sticks, it is not a good choice of hay to feed your horse.

3. Few seed heads or blooms
No matter the species of plant, hay with little to no seed heads or blooms indicates a younger, early maturity plant, and thus a higher quality hay. For example, timothy hay should be cut in the pre-bloom or early-bloom stage when you see little to no seed heads; and alfalfa should be cut when you see few to no blooms.

4. Fresh smell and appearance
On our farm, there’s nothing like haying season. We love the smell of fresh hay. The same is true for your horse. Good quality hay should have a fresh cut smell and appearance. Avoid musty, moldy or off-setting smelling hay, because it can reduce palatability and indicate poor quality.

5. Cleanliness
Hay should be primarily made up of the harvested forages. Look for a clean forage with little to no dust. Even if the majority of the hay is high quality, hays containing dirt, mold, weeds, trash or other foreign materials indicate poorer quality hay and may be unfit to feed to horses.

6. Hay Color
Good quality hay should be bright green in color with little fading. A bleached, yellow, brown or black color may indicate aged hay, mold or poor storage conditions. Storage condition and age have a significant effect on vitamin content of hays. Many vitamins, such as vitamins A and E, are not stable over time and lose biological activity. After approximately six months, almost all vitamin A and E activity levels are lost. The nutritional value of hay is compromised with increased exposure to heat, sunlight and rain, which speed up this process.

When good quality hay for your horse is scarce or too costly, you may need to compensate for poorer quality hay. You can do this by supplementing with a quality balanced horse feed. Hay balancers help provide the missing essential nutrients the horse requires in the diet. In some cases, they can replace hay in the diet entirely.

Feeds like Equine Junior®, Equine Adult®, Equine Senior®, and Omolene #400 Complete Advantage offer built-in forage for situations where hay is not available in a horse’s diet.

Gina Fresquez, M.S. for Purina Mills

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