Archive for April, 2018

Sawdust And Splinters Wooden Funiture

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Sawdust And SplintersJ&N Feed and Seed is your local dealer for Sawdust And Splinters Wooden Furniture.

Are you looking for that perfect swing for your front porch? Or, do you need new patio furniture for your back deck? At J&N Feed and Seed,  you’ll find a great selection of rockers and other patio items made in Texas by Sawdust and Splinters. Outdoor furniture is an investment, so make sure you invest in high-quality pieces from Sawdust And Splinters.  All furniture starts with quality lumber, followed with bolts, screws and quality workmanship, finished with Total Wood Protection stain to ensure quality service for years to come. We are proud to be a dealer of this fine furniture. Avoid the big box stores and come shop with us, where you’ll find a knowledgeable staff and outstanding customer service.

Sawdust and Splinters Wooden Furniture is handcrafted in Gatesville, Texas, by local craftsmen. You won’t find a better quality, look or comfort for your patio. Comfort and functionality are built into every product, including chairs, rockers, gliders, swings, tables and benches.  Stop in and take a look at our wooden furniture. We’re betting you will agree, this is fine quality wooden outdoor furniture, backed by a solid dependable company with a history dating back to 1998!

Chicken Coops From SummerHawk Ranch

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Start living sunny side up with new chicken coops from SummerHawk Ranch, now available at J&N Feed and Seed. We’ve brought in the Seaside Cottage Chicken Coop and the Pacific Northwest Chicken Coop so your girls can live in style!

Seaside Cottage Chicken Coop –  This design calls to mind those beautiful shoreline escapes. Includes raised coop, decorative cupola, 3 nesting boxes, roosting perch, access ladder, 2 access doors for cleaning, small planter box, 2 windows and a 20-square foot welded metal pen with one door on top and one door at the back. Includes a raised coop with decorative cupola, 3 nesting boxes, roosting perch, access ladder, 2 access doors for cleaning, small planter box, and 2 windows. The 20-square foot welded metal pen features one door on top and one door at the back for easy cleaning access. Product Dimensions: 56″ L x 33″ W x 36″ H; Pen- 66″L x 43″ W x 24″ H

Pacific Northwest Bungalow Chicken Coop  – This design embodies a natural connection to the unique climate and landscape of the area. Includes a raised coop with 3 nesting boxes, roosting perch, access ladder, 2 access doors for cleaning, small planter box, truss feature on one side and a window. The 20-square foot welded metal pen features one door on top and one door at the back for easy cleaning access.  Product Dimensions: Coop- 56″ L x 33″ W x 36″ H; Pen- 66″L x 43″ W x 24″ H.


Product Specifications:

  • Stronger and sturdier than competitive coops: Canadian hemlock, a harder, heavier wood is used for all structural support components; thick PVC
  • Humanely sized for happier, healthier hens: most coops are not sized according to community standards for healthy and humane chicken keeping, visit to learn more
  • Industry-leading full 3-year warranty: 11 times longer than a typical 90-day limited warranty
  • Strong, safe and easy to assemble: experience our new patent-pending GrooveLock Assembly System
  • Also, great for rabbits and small pets

Sprinkler System Checkup

Friday, April 13th, 2018

It’s time for a sprinkler system checkup! With the hot weather just around the corner, it’s time to fire up the sprinkler system again!  For most of us, it’s been a long time since we’ve run our sprinklers and turning on your system may reveal a few surprises since the last time you watered the lawn. That may necessitate a few repairs to get things in working order.

Before your neighbor has to be the one to tell you that water is shooting up in the air, do a check on your system.

HoseSprinklerSuppliesTurn on your sprinklers and take a walk around your yard.

  • Be sure sprinklers are aimed at watering grass, not concrete.
  • Adjust spray heads. On top of each spray-type nozzle is a small adjustment screw. Turn the adjustment screw to adjust each of your spray-type sprinklers so that they don’t spray onto sidewalks or walls.
  • Check the irrigation clock to make sure it has been reset and the timer is. Most folks tend to overwater because the clocks have not been checked since the day they were installed. Think about taking five minutes to make sure your clock operates properly. Be sure your clock is set to water before 10am and after 7pm.
  • Clean clogged sprinkler heads if water is not flowing evenly. These can easily become clogged with dirt over the winter months when not in use.
  • Replace broken or cracked sprinkler heads. This is where water is very quickly wasted! Here is a simple do-it-yourself guide.

Stop by J & N Feed and Seed. We have sprinkler heads and everything you need to get your watering system, hoses and lawn in tip top shape!

Spring Pasture – Laminitis and Colic

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWinter has passed and spring is here and it’s time to get out of the indoor arena, to hit the trails again or start legging up for the summer show season.    Unfortunately, the long-awaited changing of the seasons can spell danger to horses on pasture. But by being aware of the potential problems and taking steps to protect your horses from them, you can still enjoy the season.

April showers bring May flowers….and lots of green, green grass

During this time of year, as pastures come out of winter dormancy their photosynthesis activity greatly increases. As a result, the grass becomes full to bursting with the byproduct of all this activity – sugars. Grass contains numerous different types and amounts of sugars depending on the species. Glucose, sucrose and fructose are produced through photosynthesis and used for energy and as building blocks of other plant components. Excess sugars are stored in the plant as starch and fructan. (Simple sugars, starch and fructan in plants are referred to as non-structural carbohydrate (NSC)).

Warm season grasses, such as Bermuda grass, crab grass and native grasses, store excess sugar as starch. Starch levels in these grasses may increase when they are grown under heat stress. Cool season grasses such as rye grass, orchard grass, timothy grass and fescue primarily store sugars as fructan. Studies have shown that there is a considerable variability in NSC levels in grasses depending on the season, ambient temperature, light intensity and time of day. In fact, NSC concentration is primarily a function of these environmental factors. NSC concentrations are highest during late spring, cool temperatures, bright sun and late afternoon. Interestingly, studies have also shown that there is an inverse relationship between nitrogen and NSC content. You would think that fertilized pastures that grow more robustly would have higher NSC content and on a per acre basis you would be correct. However, the concentration of NSC within the grass itself is lower if it has been fertilized.

When horses consume grass, starch is digested to glucose by enzymes in the small intestine and absorbed, along with the simple sugars contained in the plant. If too much starch is ingested, it many overwhelm the capacity of the small intestine to digest and absorb it, resulting in overflow into the hindgut (cecum and colon). Fructans and structural carbohydrates (cellulose, hemicellulose and pectins), pass undigested through the small intestine and into the cecum and colon where the microbial populations ferment them. Abnormal or elevated levels of fermentation within the cecum and colon may lead to increased production of gas which can result in colic.  If large amounts of fructan and starch reach the hindgut, a shift may occur in the microbial population favoring lactic acid-producing organisms. Excess lactic acid may decrease the pH in the hindgut, which can result in increased permeability of the intestinal wall, allowing various toxins and other substances into the blood stream where they may be carried to the hoof and incite laminitis.

Since not all horses grazing a spring pasture will experience problems like colic and laminitis, it is reasonable to assume that certain horses are more susceptible than others to the ingestion of NSC (especially fructan) in grasses. Horses that are obese or insulin resistant due to disease (such as Equine Cushing’s Syndrome or Equine Metabolic Syndrome), appear to be more susceptible than those with more moderate body condition and normal insulin sensitivity. Several conditions associated with being overweight or insulin resistant could exacerbate the effect of fructan and starch in the hindgut, including  increased stress on the hoof due to high body weight; the existence of a pro-inflammatory state which makes them more apt to produce an extreme inflammatory response; reduced glucose delivery to the cells of the lamina of the hoof; alteration in blood flow to the hoof; and/or changes in the function of the cells lining the blood vessels in the hoof.Prevention of pasture-associated laminitis and colic is relatively simple in theory but can be very challenging in practice. Limiting access to pastures during periods when NSC levels can be expected to be high (late spring, days that are sunny and cool, and during the late afternoon) is ideal. However, for many horse owners this may not be practical.  Alternatives to restricting pasture access include mowing pastures, building partitions in the pasture to limit the space where horses may graze lush grass, moving horses to shaded pastures, using grazing muzzles, limiting turnout times (2 to 4 hours per day), and feeding supplemental hay and concentrates to curb hunger with the hope of limiting pasture consumption. Maintaining horses in ideal body condition (BCS 4.5 to 6) may be one of the most important ways to minimize the risk of pasture associated laminitis and colic. (Go to for more information about body condition scoring and weight management techniques). A regular, consistent exercise program is beneficial in controlling weight as well as stimulating gut motility which may help decrease the risk of colic. Being aware of the dangers associated with spring pastures and taking steps to protect your horses from them helps everyone to enjoy the season.

Source: Katherine Williamson, DVM


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