Category Archives: Animal Health

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.

DIY Outdoor Cat Shelter

cold-cat With the winter being tough on all pets, you might have a few strays wandering around. If you happen to have a cat that likes to be outside more than inside, or you just want a place for the neighborhood stray,  you want to make sure they have a warm place to go if they need to.

 

 

tubsSince the Christmas season is over, a lot of stores, including Rural King are having close out sales on storage tubs.
This is a great item to make your DIY out door cat shelter out of. You only need a few simple tools. First you need a Storage tub with lid, insulation (this can be straw, or pink instillation board, pink fiberglass insulation,or spray foam, cardboard, or any insulation you choose), a smaller storage tub with lid or Styrofoam cooler, straw for bedding, utility knife, and of course some duct tape. In the first photo they used a empty plastic flexible flower container to line the entrance. There are several different ways to may an outdoor house, this is just one of them.

 Step 1

1. You are going to outline a hole to cut out on the Larger tub. It does help if you warm up the plastic before trying to cut it but you do not have to. Rural King has multiple kinds of utility knives for you every need.

2. Place the smaller tub or foam container inside of the larger one and trace the circle you cut on the outside to the inside tub so that they align. Then Cut the hole out of the inside tub.

3.Place a small amount of insulation in the bottom of the big tub then put the smaller tub back in the larger tub, then place your insulation around all 4 sides of the smaller tub, packing it in tight if your insulation is loose. If you used the board insulation you will have to measure it and cut it to fit. If you used the spray foam you will want to make sure it dries before you close it up. (don’t forget to allow for expansion with the spray foam)

4. You will want to use the plastic flimsy flower container or this is where you use the duct tape to cover the hole between the two containers edges so that it makes a smooth opening. RuralKing has many options for colors and patterns for duct tape as well the regular old faithful silver. (reference picture 2 if needed)

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4. Once your opening is covered in duct tape to cover the edges where you cut out the circle. You will want to put some straw or bedding inside of the inner tub for the cats to lay in. Then put the lid on the smaller tub and close it tight. Then you will want to add a small amount of insulation on top of the smaller lid to create another barrier before putting the large lid on.

5.Your Done! Now you want to make sure you place this near the building and facing the entrance to the East or South since majority of Winter winds are out of the North and West. This will help cut down on the wind entering the domain.

If you don’t like that this looks like a DIY project then you can always paint it with some spray paint on the outside to make it all one color, Rural King carries many different kinds of spray paint, just make sure you choose one that is OK to use on plastic. Or if you are really feeling crafty, you can use spray or expanding foam on the outside (which adds extra insulation) then sculpt it how you want it to look, then spray paint it or add decorative shingles on the outside to make it look like an actual house! This is where you can get creative if you like.

 

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http://www.alleycat.org/ShelterGallery – reference picture 1

www.catster.com – reference picture 2

http://forum.horsetopia.com/cats/147447-diy-outdoor-cat-house.html – reference picture 3

Love Honey? Try Beekeeping!

Beekeeping is a safe, fun, and rewarding experience that can be a hobby, or a way of life. With this simple, all-in-one kit, you can begin your beekeeping opportunity the moment the bees arrive.

One of many great products of Harvest Lane Honey is the Harvest Lane Honey Backyard Beekeeping Kit. Which includes the following

outer cover, inner cover, (2) deep hive bodies, with (20) Frames assembled with plastic foundation, (1) Medium Honey Super, (10) Medium Honey super Frames assembled with Plastic Foundation bottom board, (1) Metal Queen Excluder, entrance reducer, in hive feeder, 3×6 smoker, 1 lb bag smoker fuel, 9.5″ steel hive tool, and bee brush. Includes a Full Bee Suit and Beekeeping Gloves. 100% Painted & Assembled and ready to go. The best most complete kit they have.

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Beekeepers reap countless benefits from their hives, including relaxation, garden support, self-reliance, and the environmental advantages of supporting endangered pollinators. And let’s not forget the sweetest reward: fresh, organic, home-crafted honey!

Bees are kept comfortably almost anywhere, even on balconies in the middle of big cities. If you are conscientious about placement, beekeeping is safe and simple in any setting. With the proper tools and care, your bees and your family (even your pets) can co-exist perfectly.

So if you enjoy the sun and being outside and want to pick up a new hobby, why not have your own garden full of honey?!

Hey its 2015! lets try something different. 🙂

If you would like more info on Harvest Lane Honey please check out our HUGE selection at www.Ruralking.com.

If you want to learn more about Beekeeping and find yourself intrigued please do not hesitate to check out Harvest Lane Honey website

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How to Keep Your Dog Warm and Safe Outside in the Cold

dogThere are several things a pet needs to survive and stay warm in cold outside conditions.

First off, you need to make sure they have a shelter facing the East, southeast or south. There is less wind coming from these directions. It is best to place the dog house next to a shelter or your house to help avoid strong winds.

Secondly, choose a house that is appropriate to your dog’s size. It is better to have a larger house then one too small. If you live in a colder climate, try to find a house that has a flap over the door or longer entrance.

You can make a flap by cutting plastic or rubber to fit the doorway and attaching it just above the entrance if you have a flat entrance.

   

Next, you will want to make sure there is appropriate bedding in the shelter. You can use straw (mix in some cedar chips to keep bugs away), bedding, old blankets, any materials that can help the dog nestle in. Heated pet mats are a huge plus to keeping your pet warm. There are many types of heated pet mats; you will want to make sure the pet mat you have chose is suitable to the bedding you are using.

   

You will also want a heater water bowl or water heater to keep your pets bowl from freezing. Be sure not to use a metal heater in a plastic bowl!  Water is very important to a pet’s survival in the water; they need it just as much on a cold day as a hot one. You might want is a self feeder dog bowl or a covered feeding area to keep the food from freezing and getting wet. In the winter you might find that your pet is eating a little bit more. This is because since it is cold their bodies are shivering and burning more calories trying to keep warm. It is ok to feed them a little more in the winter!

The last few items you may want are clothing options such as a coat/hoodie for your pet when going for walks. Some short or fine haired dogs do not have the warmth from thick fur to be out in the cold for long periods of time. But make sure this is not left on your dog for days at a time, your dog’s skin does need to breath. Coats need to be cleaned as well since your dog will perspire just like we do. You might also consider foot booties. Yes, this might seem like a silly thing but your dog can get cracked paws and their skin can freeze just like ours can when they are out in the weather for too long or going for extended walks. Most of the booties available can also be used for walking on hot sidewalks in the summer to prevent blistering. (Double the use!)

   

One thing people tend to forget is that domesticated animals rely on their owners to take care of them in not only the cold but hot days as well.The humane society has a great article on keeping your pet warm. http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/training/sheltering-your-dog .As well as an article on https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Cold-weather-pet-safety.aspx that explains the difference in dog sizes and hair/fur types and how winter effects them all differently.

Check back with us on keeping your horses and  live stock warm, as well as how to make an out door winter cat house!