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November Garden Tips

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

November Garden Tips

This is the perfect time to plant your chilled bulbs for spring. They should be in the ground before the first frost, so plant now while the soil is still easy to work. Iris, daylilies, and gladiolas should also be planted at this time, although they are not “true” bulbs, but rhizomes, tubers, and corms, respectively. Yet all of these like bulbs require the cooler soil of winter to generate healthy new growth in spring.

Transform your landscape with the addition of fresh, colorful blooms! Pansies are by far the most popular Winter color. The “Matrix” Pansy has been outstanding for our Texas weather. It will not “stretch” during bouts of warm temperatures and is bred to grow out, not up. This compact grower offers shorter stems to support large colorful blooms. Dianthus (also known as “Pinks”), Snapdragons, Cyclamen, Violas and the fragrant Alyssum are also good choices for cold tolerant annuals. Ornamental Cabbage and Kale provide interesting texture in the landscape as well as color. For best effect, limit your planting to two or three colors per bed.

The key to growing beautiful annual flowers is soil preparation. Remember to add 2 to 3 inches of mulch to all beds to reduce moisture loss, prevent weeds from germinating, and to insulate the soil from the cold.

Using the same colorful annuals will add a splash of color to your patio containers. Fill your container with fresh potting soil, plant food and your choice of these beautiful annuals to brighten your winter. Keep them watered as necessary and remove faded flowers to encourage repeat blooming.November Garden Tips

If you want those beautiful Texas Bluebonnets in the Spring, sow the seed in early November!

Please remember the birds! Texas is a haven for birds. No other state in the United States has more species within its boundaries. There are currently over 620 species documented in Texas, which is almost 75 percent of all bird species recorded in the continental United States. To attract the widest variety of wild birds, you should consider placing a wide variety of bird feeders and food around your yard.

Three Steps to a Peaceful Backyard Flock

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

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Have you ever wondered what goes through a chicken’s mind?
Wouldn’t it be helpful if they could say, “My feathers are itchy!” or “I’m bored!”? Though humans and hens don’t speak the same language, simple changes can help backyard flock conversations go smoothly.

As backyard flock owners, we are tasked with becoming chicken whisperers. Keeping a peaceful flock requires us to interpret behaviors to decipher what our chickens are telling us.

During fall and winter when chickens are spending more time in the coop, chicken boredom can bring out changes in behavior, such as pecking.

Chickens are naturally inquisitive, but they don’t have arms and hands to inspect things. They use their beaks to explore instead. Pecking is a natural chicken behavior that allows them to check out their surroundings, including their flock mates.

Though pecking is a natural occurrence, the nature of this chicken pecking behavior can change when birds spend more time inside.

Understanding the difference between curious and aggressive chicken pecking is key to knowing when there is a problem. Not all pecking is bad. When it is gentle, this behavior is fun to watch. If pecking becomes aggressive, it can be problematic to other birds in the flock.

Three tips to keep a peaceful backyard flock:

1. Investigate the reason for pecking.
If the pecking chickens become aggressive, the first tip is to determine if something is causing birds to act out.

Start with a list of questions about the environment: Are the hens too crowded? Do they ever run out of feed or water? Are they too hot or cold? Is there a predator in the area? Is there something outside of the coop that is causing them to be stressed?

After the stressor has been identified, the next step is easy: remove the problem and the aggressive chicken pecking behavior may go away or diminish.

To maintain this newfound peace, make sure your birds have a minimum of 4 square feet indoors and 10 square feet outdoors per bird. Adequate feeder and waterer space is also critical.

If a new hen is added to the flock, there may be a period of uneasiness.

Remember, there will always be some dominance in the flock as part of the pecking order. There are typically one or two boss hens who rule the roost. Once the pecking order is determined, the birds usually live together peacefully.

2. Chickens take baths, too.
The next step to prevent feather picking is to keep birds clean. Chickens take a different type of bath than you might expect. They often dig a shallow hole, loosen up all the dirt and then cover themselves in it.

This process is called a dust bath. Dust bathing is an instinct that helps keep birds clean. On our farm, we make dust baths for our hens by following these three steps: 1. Find a container at least 12 inches deep, 15 inches wide and 24 inches long; 2. Combine an equal blend of sand, wood ash and natural soil; 3. Watch your birds roll around in the bath and clean themselves.

Dust baths can also prevent external parasites such as mites and lice. If external parasites are an issue, supplement your chicken dust baths with a cup or two of food-grade diatomaceous earth.

If you add diatomaceous earth, be sure to mix it in well. Diatomaceous earth can be harmful if inhaled in large amounts. By mixing the diatomaceous earth into the dust bath, it has less probability to become airborne while still helping prevent external parasites.

3. Offer an alternative place for birds to peck.
Next, provide birds something to keep their minds busy. Perhaps the most fun of these three tips is to find chicken toys that bring out their natural instincts.

Interactive objects can make the coop more complex and exciting. Logs, sturdy branches or chicken swings are a few flock favorites. These toys provide unique retreats for hens who may be lower in the pecking order.

Another flock boredom-buster is a block for hens to peck, like the Purina® Flock Block. You can simply place this block in the coop for hens to peck. The block can be a fun experience for hens and prevent chicken boredom when they are spending more time in the coop.

The Purina® Flock Block encourages natural pecking instincts. It also contains whole grains, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and oyster shell to provide nutrients that contribute to the hen’s well-being.

Want to find a Purina® Flock Block of your own? Find a retail location near you.

Article Attributed to Purina Mills and Dr. Patrick Biggs

JT Eaton Answer Catch & Release Skunk Trap

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Looking for a catch & release skunk trap to relocate these and other medium size critters? We can help!  Skunk TrapJT Eaton Answer Catch & Release Skunk Trap is designed to catch skunks and other medium-sized animal pests. Made with solid walls of rugged polyethylene, this durable and humane trap is designed to capture skunks and other pest animals without harming them. This trap has a spring loaded door that is easy to set and a release door that allows for quick and easy baiting. The skunk is kept from spraying by its compact, low-profile design; so you can approach the trap without apprehension and peek in the viewing window to see what you’ve caught. Includes a 1-year limited warranty.

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Raise A Winner With Sunglo Hog Feeds

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Pick up Sunglo Hog Feeds 18G and 16G at J&N Feed and Seed. Sunglo Hog Feeds combine an ideal balance of carbohydrates, amino acids, innovative ingredients, active nutrient supply and show micronutrients to help unlock your animal’s potential and maximize their show performance.

18-G WITH OATS
Feed after Show Sector to promote growth and muscle development in show pigs. 18 G-line Meal Feed can be positioned across a wide range of genetics to promote optimal growth, muscling and condition. Designed for pigs 75 lbs and up.

16-G WITH OATS
Designed to add condition to pigs that are harder in their appearance. 16 G-line Meal Feed is the feed of choice for tighter made pigs that need added body and finish. Designed to be fed after 18 G-Line Meal Feed or Show Sector 2 Complete as the sole ration for pigs weighing 150 lb. to market to encourage growth in rib and body.

Features & Benefits of Sunglo 18G & 16G

Ideal carbohydrate balance: Improves showpig performance due to a better gut environment from ideal balance of starch, sugar, and fiber from start to finish. Keeps your pigs on feed, on schedule and performing their best with superior energy metabolism, gut condition, stool consistency and more.

Ideal Amino Acid balance: Supports the immense muscle mass in showpigs by providing enhanced amino acid levels, including digestible lysine and five other important amino acids ratio to lysine, all balanced to support lean growth.

Innovative ingredients: Improves feed intake and performance. Tightened formulation designs – in combination with ongoing world-class research – set a new industry standard for keeping your showpigs at the head of their class.

Active Nutrient Supply: Nourishes show pigs through elevated nutrients, enhanced nutrient availability and superior balance for unprecedented performance in showpigs at every stage.

Show Micronutrients: Supports strong bone growth and immense muscle mass in superior show pigs from start to finish, including vitamins like vitamin E, vitamin D, and biotin and minerals like digestible phosphorus, potassium, chromium, and zinc. All balanced to maximize show pig performance.

Cattle Feed Booking at J&N Feed

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Cattle Feed BookingWinter cattle feed booking is now available at J&N Feed and Seed. Yes, it’s that time of year again. Starting early October, we will book feed for the winter month contract season. Make sure you get the BEST available nutrition for your animals at the BEST price booking with J&N Feed and Seed.  Please call the store at 940-549-4631 or stop by  for current pricing.

J&N Feed and Seed
450 Pecan St
Graham, TX 76450-2524
(940) 549-4631

At J&N Feed and Seed we’ve got the quality feeds and the booking proposition  you need to stay on top of the cattle business.

 

Blue Rhino Propane Tank Exchange

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Propane Tank ExchangeNeed propane for your grill or heaters? We can help you! Blue Rhino Propane Tank exchange is now available at J&N Feed and Seed. Blue Rhino is America’s leading brand of propane tank exchange. And together with J&N Feed and Seed, we’re dedicated to providing quick, easy access to Blue Rhino propane that’s close to home. Simply drop, swap and go — and always be ready to fire up the grill.

  • Always cleaned
  • Always inspected
  • Always leak-tested

Swap or purchase a new tank of Blue Rhino Propane and receive a $3 rebate by mail. Click here for a money saving rebate on your Blue Rhino propane tank exchange.

Getting your $3 mail-in rebate
Purchase a Blue Rhino propane tank, with or without exchanging an empty tank, at J&N Feed and Seed, between now and 12/31/17. Print the rebate form & complete it in its entirety. Limit 1 rebate per household*, per calendar year.

The Proof of Purchase you’ll need to attach to the rebate can be found on the Blue Rhino tank wrap, to the left of the Blue Rhino logo along the bottom. Simply cut it out along the dotted line as shown and include it with your submission. Be sure to retain the rest of the package, as it provides valuable safety information. Here’s what the proof of purchase looks like:

Blue Rhino gas tank proof of purchase

 

Have questions?

Contact our Customer Care team at
800.BLU.RINO (800.258.7466).

P.O. Box 6075

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