Category Archives: Animal Health

Tail Wagging Tips for Traveling Safe This Summer

In summer the temperatures rise, the days get longer, and what is more heartwarming than heading out on a sunny car ride with your furry best friend by your side?

*Note:  This article is a guest post by Kurgo writer Kaitlyn Manktelow.*

While this may trigger some fantasy of a trip with your dog happily slobbering along the side of the car; let’s take a paws on this daydream to make sure your perfect summer plan isn’t unsafe for both you and your pet.

Whether you are preparing for the ultimate cross country road trip or just planning a trip to your favorite ice cream stand, here are some tips on making this summer bark worthy for both you and your dog.

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Bee pollinating a flower

How CCD Affects Pollinators

CCD, or Colony Collapse Disorder, causes an average loss of 30% of beehives annually since 2006.

Obviously, bees are not the only pollinators on earth. They are, however, the largest contributors to animal pollination. Other pollinators include bats, butterflies, insects, and birds. In honor of National Pollinator Week, June 19-25, 2017, we have the basic information you will need to join the fight to save our pollinators.

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First, Some Statistics

It’s important to understand just what pollinators do and why saving them has become so important. You can see the tremendous impact they have on our food supply and our economy in these statistics:

Pollinator Statistics

Also, according to a 2016 United Nations committee report, up to 16% of vertebrate pollinators, like birds and bats, and 9% of insect pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, are threatened with extinction. Keep reading for the causes and suggestions for what you can do to help pollinators in your area.

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Uses for 55 gallon Barrels

What do you use your barrel for?

There are many different uses for the 55 gallon barrels.  You can use them for rain barrels, water, oil, sand, or for feeders.  I am sure that there are several other uses, but the one that I am going to focus on is the different ways to make feeders.

Here are a few ideas for different types hay feeders:

55 Gallon Drum

Barrel Cattle Feeder

 

The type of feeder that I haven’t been able to find is a self feeder Self feeders are so expensive, but are very useful.

The materials you will need are:

  • 55 gallon barrel
  • A Piece of ply wood
  • A 2×4
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Saw

Step 1: You will need to cut your barrel.

Make sure that when you cut your barrel you cut it at an angle so the feed will fall easier. Remember you will need it far enough back for your animal to be able to get their head in the feeder.

Step 2: Cut your ply wood so it fits tightly inside where you have cut.

Step 3: Cut your 2×4 into 2 pieces, don’t put the 2×4 on the bottom of the barrel keep it up off the bottom flush with ply wood.

Step 4: You will need to screw your 2×4’s to the inside of your barrel

Step 5: Screw your ply wood to the 2×4’s make sure that it is high enough off the bottom for you animal to be able to get their head in there also for the feed to fall.

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There you have it! Your new inexpensive self feeder, hope your animals enjoy!

 

What Can Chickens Do For You?

 

What can chickens do for you?

 

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Children can participate in all chicken-related chores!

Did you know that a chicken is easier to take care of than a dog? You don’t have to walk a chicken, you don’t have to give it a bath, it won’t dirty up the house, or break any valuables. All you have to do is make sure that they have food and water and of course that their coops are clean of droppings.

The kids would have to go out and get the eggs that have been laid, but every child could use a little responsibility. Some chickens, as long as they are in a happy environment, can produce up to 300 eggs a year! Think of all that money you could save!

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 Chickens are a great way to meet people and start conversations!

People are naturally curious about people who raise chickens. From brief conversations with the Rural King cashier who is curious about why you are buying a case of generic corn. Chicken-talk is fun. People ask genuinely interested questions. (Most frequent question: Do you have to have roosters to get eggs? Answer: No.)

 What do you do with all that waste?

So you’re thinking my back yard is going to be full of waste. What can you do with that waste? Do you have flowers in the front yard that could use a little help after this harsh winter? Put the chicken poop around your flowers. Are you going to be starting up a veggie garden? They could use some fertilizer as well!

View these links for more:

A direct link to our chicks!

Also, view our Brinsea and GQF lines for all your chicken needs.