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Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Fourth of July Pet Safety TipsDid you know, more pets go missing on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year? Follow these Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips to keep your pooch, happy and safe during the holiday.

For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including furry friends. While it may seem like a great idea to reward your pet with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality, some festive foods and activities can be potentially hazardous to him. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:

  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them.Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
  • Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
  • Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.
  • Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.
  • Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it.While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.
  • Keep citronella candles, insect coils and tiki torch oil products out of reach. Ingestion can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
  • Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic, and other heavy metals.
  • Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, who can become frightened or disoriented by the sound. Please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities, and opt instead to keep them safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.
  • Be prepared in the event that your pet does escape by keeping your pets’ IDs up to date! It’s a good idea for all your animal companions—even indoor-only pets—to always wear a collar with an ID tag that includes your name, current phone number, and any relevant contact information. July 1 is National ID Your Pet Day, which serves as an annual check-in to make sure your pets’ identification tags and microchip information is up to date.

Content by ASPCA

Get Cooking With Blackstone Griddles From J&N Feed

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Blackstone GriddlesGet cooking with Blackstone Griddles at J&N Feed and Seed.  These quality griddles are crafted to high standards of both function and portability. Griddle cooking will open the door to numerous possibilities in your outdoor cooking experience. Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner, the Blackstone Griddle is a perfect fit for fast and consistent griddle results. The solid steel griddle is designed for consistent and even temperature across the griddle surface. Perfect for large groups or a more intimate setting. This griddle is a breakfast lover’s dream. Make pancakes, eggs, bacon, and just about anything else you can envision on this griddle. No wonder why with over 1 million sold, Blackstone Griddles are the best-selling Griddles in the world!

Spartan Mosquito Eradicator at J&N Feed

Monday, June 4th, 2018

Spartan Mosquito EradicatorTake back your outdoor space with the Spartan Mosquito Eradicator, now available at J&N Feed and Seed. Deploy Spartan Mosquito Eradicators as soon as the weather begins to warm to create a barrier, giving the mosquitoes a target that emits the same attraction triggers as people and animals. Once mosquitoes feed on the water solution, they die before they can breed again.

The Spartan Mosquito Eradicator is a uniquely effective, long-lasting, continuous mosquito control system. The Spartan Mosquito Eradicator also doesn’t require batteries or electricity, just water!  The mosquito population will suffer dramatically in the first 15 days and will be 95% controlled for up to 90 days.

Help protect yourself from mosquito bites. Pick up Spartan Mosquito Eradicators at J&N Feed and Seed and take back your outdoors the Spartan way!

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Vortex Optics At J&N

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Vortex OpticsJ&N Feed and Seed is your source for Vortex Optics in Graham, Texas. Shop our vast selection of Vortex rifle scopes lines including the Viper, Diamondback and Crossfire. We also stock Strike Fire Red Dots, Spitfire Prism Scopes and a large selection of binoculars.

Vortex Optics manufactures a complete product line of binoculars, spotting scopes, riflescopes, monoculars, tripods and accessories for hunting, bird watching, wildlife watching, outdoor recreational sports, and law enforcement. It has gained a reputation as producing some of the “best value for the money” products in the hunting and shooting industry. Vortex Optics are what you buy when you want the best, but don’t want to break the bank. All Vortex products come with the Vortex VIP Warranty. Unlimited. Unconditional. Lifetime.

Fish Truck Deliveries At J&N Feed

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

fish truck deliveriesThe fish truck delivers to J&N Feed this month. Looking for pond stocking in Graham, Texas?  The Stock My Pond and Abney’s Fish Truck will make deliveries to J&N Feed and Seed this month.

Stock My Pond Fish Truck – Thursday, June 21st from 2:00 to 3:00 pm

The Stock My Pond fish truck will have channel cat, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, and fathead minnows.  Find out what type and size fish we offer on our website.   The Stock My Pond fish truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them. It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity or pond packages we suggest you call.  Questions?  Call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768.

Abney’s Fish Truck – no scheduled delivery – check back soon

The truck will have channel cat, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, and fathead minnows. The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call. Questions?  Give us a call at 940-549-4631. With the weather warming, it’s a great time to stock your pond!

Keeping 3 – 7 Month Chickens

Sunday, May 20th, 2018
3 - 7 Month ChickensKeeping chickens, 3 months 

Chickens become sexually mature between 4 and 6 months of age. With proper care and excellent nutrition the first egg is laid soon. You should still be feeding Purina® Start & Grow® Recipe to your birds. A layer diet should not be fed until 18 weeks of age because of the high calcium levels which are inappropriate for younger birds. Be sure to gradually transition the birds from the starter feed to the layer feed over 7 to 10 days.

Remember to always provide fresh water. Water is essential for healthy chickens, not to mention future egg production. As the weather gets warmer, they will drink more water so make sure they have access to a never-ending supply. Purina® Scratch Grainscan be introduced to your flock after 12 weeks of age. This natural, all grain supplement should be fed along with a complete and balanced diet and should not make up more than 5 to 10 percent of the total daily intake. If you feed Purina® Scratch Grains, your birds should also have access to “grit.” Grit is made up of small insoluble granite particles, which assist in digestion of feed by helping to grind it up in the gizzard. Feed 1 pound per 100 birds, twice per week either mixed with other feed or free choice. Remember to provide your pullets with 17 to 18 hours of light per day starting at 16 weeks of age.

Keeping chickens, 4 1/2 months
At about four and a half months, you’re probably anxiously awaiting the fruits of your labor wholesome eggs. Now is the time to introduce your laying pullets to Purina® Layena® Sunfresh® Recipe or Purina® Layena® Recipe Plus Omega-3 to insure that they receive the best nutrition to support egg production. Purina® Layena® Recipe Plus Omega-3 has added flaxseed, which helps your chickens to produce with enhanced levels of Omega-3. Each egg will contain 300 percent more Omega-3, an essential fatty acid.

Gradually transition your laying pullets over to Purina® Layena® Recipe or Purina® Layena® Recipe Plus Omega-3 over a 7- to 10-day period. Continue to provide birds with a maximum of 17 to 18 hours of light per day to ensure optimum egg production. Purina® Layena® Recipe Plus Omega-3 can be purchased as a pellet; Purina® Layena® Sunfresh® Recipe can be purchased as a pellet or crumble. Both forms contain high-quality grains with added vitamins and minerals for a complete and balanced diet. In pelleted form, it is just that, a pellet. Crumbles are simply pellets that are broken apart into smaller bits, which make it easier to eat.

Optimum egg production is achieved when layers are maintained in temperatures between 65°F and 85°F. As temperatures increase above this, egg size and production may decrease. Keep your birds cool and comfortable so you will get the best return on your investment.

Keeping chickens, 6 months
At this point, you’ve probably already been enjoying eggs for a while now. If you find that those first eggs are small, misshapen or have weak shells, don’t worry, practice makes perfect and as time goes by the eggs will become more consistent.

Pullets usually start laying around 20 weeks of age with peak production occurring around 27 to 30 weeks of age. Peak production means that it is the highest rate of lay in your flock. Excellent peak production during this time would be between 80 to 90 percent. This means that on a given day, 80-90 percent of your birds will lay an egg. Nutrition, housing conditions, weather, breed and lighting, as well as management will all play a part in how many eggs each pullet will lay.

You should gather eggs frequently, at least three times per day. This is particularly important during hot weather. Eggs that will be used for eating should be refrigerated. Frequent collection and refrigeration keeps the eggs fresher, cleaner and decreases the chance for broken eggs. Eggs intended to be used for hatching should be stored at 55°F and 70 to 75 percent humidity. When maintained at the correct temperature hatching eggs can be stored for up to 6 days with no effect on hatchability.

After peak production occurs, the rate of lay will decrease by about 1 to 1.5 percent each week. Following 10 to 14 months of laying eggs, the pullet’s rate of lay will be very low and molting may occur. Continue feeding Purina® Layena® Sunfresh® Recipe free-choice and be sure there is always fresh water available.

Keeping chickens, 7 months

At seven months, egg production in your flock should be well established and you may be experiencing peak production at this time. Maintain good management practices to ensure the health of your birds throughout the laying cycle. Don’t be surprised if you notice your pullets start to lose their feathers. Molting is a normal process when feathers are lost and replaced by new ones. When pullets lose all their feathers, it is called a full molt. Others may only lose some of their feathers, usually around their neck, which is a partial molt. During molting, a bird will go out of production. This period gives the reproductive tract time to rest after the stress of many months of producing eggs.

After molting, egg production resumes about 8 to 12 weeks later. Once they return to production, the rate of lay is about 10 percent less than the first cycle. However, the eggs are usually larger with stronger shells. Although molting occurs naturally after 10 to 14 months of egg production, it can also be caused accidentally as the result of stress due to disease, extreme temperatures, decrease in light exposure, and a lack of feed and/or water.

Source: Purina Poultry

Purina Strategy Horse Feeds Product Updates

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Purina Strategy Horse Feeds Product UpdatesNew Purina Strategy Horse Feeds Product Updates

Customers that use Purina Strategy Professional Formula GX and Purina Strategy Healthy Edge horse feeds will see a new look this June with the inclusion of Purina Outlast Gastric Support ingredients.  Purina Outlast Gastric Support Supplement contains a unique blend of ingredients designed to support gastric health and proper gastric pH. Purina Outlast Gastric Support Supplement is the foundation of the Purina Equine Gastric Health Program. You can learn more about this program by visiting www.FeedOutlast.com. This program has overwhelmingly positive feedback from horse owners and seen favorable responses in a wide variety of horses. Since gastric discomfort affects so many horses it makes sense to update Purina Strategy horse feeds to include the Outlast Gastric Support ingredients.

Purina Strategy Horse Feeds Product UpdatesWith this update, Strategy horses will benefit from Outlast Gastric Support with every meal. To help showcase this exciting change Purina is updating the packaging with a fresh new look. Horses will benefit from the inclusion of Outlast Gastric Support Supplement. Horse owners will appreciate the convenience and value of effective gastric support included in the feed. These changes will be implemented in early June 2018 when all new Purina Strategy horse feeds will come in the new packaging and conveniently include Outlast Gastric Support.

You can access the Purina Strategy Professional Formula GX Information sheet here.

You can access the Purina Strategy Healthy Edge information sheet here.

 

J&N Is Now A Federal Firearms License Dealer

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

federal firearms licenseJ&N Feed and Seed holds a Federal Firearms License (FFL). As an FFL Dealer, we can sell firearms and facilitate FFL to FFL transfer process. FFL to FFL transfers involves the shipping of a gun between two gun dealers that both have a Federal Firearms License. If you’re looking to order a rifle, shotgun or handgun online from an FFL dealer, we can help you complete the process.   Give us a call or stop by J&N Feed and Seed in Graham, Texas and talk to us about your firearm needs.

The Federal Firearms License was established to implement the Federal Firearms Act of 1938. The FFA required all manufacturers and dealers of firearms who ship or receive firearms or ammunition in interstate or foreign commerce to have a license and forbade them from transferring any firearm or most ammunition to any person interstate unless certain conditions were met. As a practical matter, this did not affect the interstate commerce in firearms or ammunition. It was with the adoption of the Gun Control Act in 1968, which repealed most of the FFA, that the lawful interstate trade of firearms was limited almost entirely to persons holding a Federal Firearms License in the United States.

Workhorse Spot Sprayers

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Workhorse Spot SprayersKeep your lawn or fields looking great with our full line of Workhorse Spot Sprayers from J & N Feed. Offering sprayers from 5 gallons to 40 gallons, Workhorse Spot Sprayers provide high-quality spray setups for lawns, gardens, driveways, ponds, orchards, pastures, fence rows, and food plots.

Green Leaf equipped this sprayer with a sturdy polyethylene tank. A large fill opening means less chance of spilling your expensive solutions. The PowerFlo™ 2200-Series pump allows for pressure adjustments from 0 to 60 PSI. Maximum PSI products a strong stream of up to 30 feet at 2 gallons per minute!

Workhorse Spot Sprayers include a pistol-grip handgun. It’s outfitted this with a 15-foot hose and an adjustable brass tip. An 8-foot wiring harness includes battery clips and switch. They also equipped this sprayer with an inline shut-off for a quick on/off spray.

Easily turn your ATV or trailer into a sprayer vehicle with the WorkHorse Boom Kit.

 

7 Tips For Mosquito Control

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

mosquito controlSummer and warmer weather means mosquitoes.  Take care now to eliminate the environment that mosquitoes need to live and breed.   At J&N, we’ve got several options to help you win the battle against mosquitoes. Here are some tips to consider as you prepare your home and yard for summer:

  • Look for standing water, that is where you’ll find mosquito larva.  Check your gutters, make sure they are clean and clear from standing water.
  • Care for your lawn. Keep grass short and don’t over-water.
  • Treat your bubblier and French drain lines along with rain barrels and saucers for the potted plants.
  • Promote an environment that combats mosquitoes!  Purple martins, bats, and dragonflies. Mosquitoes are a favorite snack.
  • Consider these plants in the garden and around your patio, as most have a repellent effect. Here is a list of plants that may help repel mosquitoes:
    • Basil: This delicious herb is not only helpful in the kitchen, but basil also is believed to keep away mosquitoes and flies.
    • Lemon Thyme: This aromatic herb thrives in sunny, dry conditions, along pathways and rock gardens. For best results, bruise the leaves and rub them between your fingers to release the herb’s essential oils.
    • Catnip: Yes, the cats love this pretty herb, but the mosquitoes apparently do not.
    • Citronella grass: The perennial is the source of citronella oil used in pest repellent and the commonly found mosquito candles.
    • Mint: Place the mint-filled pots around your home to help repel mosquitoes. Or, use the fragrant mint leaves to make an all-natural mosquito repellent.
    • Lemon balm: This member of the mint family has an aroma that is said to naturally repel mosquitoes and other insects.
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  • Consider changing your outside lighting to yellow light bulbs or lenses.
  • Use Skeeter Screen Mosquito Egg. They are perfect for any social place outdoors, also offered in a spray. DEET free & Pyrethrin free and contains no insecticides or herbicides.

The use of sprays and granule repellents in the environment is an option. Some all-natural sprays include citronella,  garlic and orange oil sprays. Granulated cedar and garlic work as repellents. Stop by J&N Feed and Seed and let our experts find right products to eliminate mosquitoes where you live.

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