Category Archives: Outdoor Living

Build Your Own Martin House

Purple martins are swallows that migrate from South America to North America each year to breed. Many people enjoy listening to their songs, watching their aerial acrobatics and seeing fledglings emerge from their nests. Although purple martins don’t eat mosquitoes, they eat large numbers of many other kinds of insects. For these reasons, many people build martin houses in the hope that the birds will build nests in them.

1 Site your martin house properly. Purple martins won’t nest in houses too near the ground or too near homes or tall trees. Martin houses should be a minimum of 40 feet (12 meters) from homes and trees and 20 feet (6 meters) high.

2 Design your martin house for several nesting pairs. It should have nesting compartments that are completely separated from one another, access holes for the birds, porches to perch on and a gabled roof. Some houses have multiple levels to accommodate more birds.

3 Cut the wood for the floor so it will extend past the exterior walls 3 inches (7.5 cm) on all sides. This creates the porches. You can also attach porches using 3-inch strips of wood.

4 Create several nesting compartments inside using partitions. Each space should be 6 inches (15 cm) tall, 6 inches wide and 6 inches deep.

5 Cut semicircular entrance holes. These should be 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter and 1-3/16 inches (3 cm) tall for each compartment. Set the bottom of the hole flush with the porch to discourage starlings and owls from using the martin house.

6 Drill small holes in the “attic” portion of the house to encourage air flow. Cut a thick piece of polystyrene or corrugated cardboard to fit inside the attic so the house won’t get too hot.

7 Build the roof. Make sure it extends past the exterior walls enough to help shield the access holes from rain and give the birds some shade.

8 Assemble the martin house. Keep in mind that you will want to occasionally disassemble it to clean out the nesting compartments. If you use a router to create slots in the partitions, the floors and in the exterior walls, you will be able to slide them together for a tight fit without permanently attaching them with screws or brads.

9 Paint the house white. Never paint or stain it dark colors, although you can paint the trim another light color if desired.

10 Mount the house on a metal pole that has been set in concrete. You may want to add a winch and pulley system that will allow you to raise and lower the house easily so you can check on nestlings or clean the compartments.

S & K Purple Martin House – 10 Family FH10

SKU: 033570112

Heath Purple Martin House Telescoping Pole MP 15

SKU: 050510058

Take the kids outside for some fun!

With the warmer weather inviting us outside we will need some fun things for the kids to do! I have found a few easy, cheap, and fun things to do outside with the kids. I have personally done these with my 2 nieces and they had so much fun.

sidewalk chalk

*Sidewalk paint

1 cup cornstarch, 1 cup water, and food coloring of your choice

Be sure to make the colors dark because as it dries on the sidewalk it will get much lighter.

oobleck

*Dr Suess’ OOBLECK (we all laughed so hard with this stuff)

Mix 2 cups of corn starch and 1 cup of water in a bowl. You can add color but I thought that may get a little messy so I did not use color. If you are outside though color may be fun!

This stuff defies Newtons 3rd law of motion–for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. If you quickly smack it with your hand it immediately turns into a solid, instead of splashing or moving. If you slowly move it reacts like a liquid. Try to do this in a shady area as I noticed in the hot sun it will harden pretty quickly.

snowballs

*Fuffy Stuff Snow Balls (as if we didn’t get enough of this, but at least you won’t have to shovel this stuff!)

2 boxes of corn starch and 1 can of shaving cream

This is so soft but can still be molded it really is pretty cool! Go outside and have a “snow ball” fight

fizzy bag

*Fizzy Explosion Bags

Take a paper towel and tear it into 5×5 inch squares (this is your “time-release” packet)

Put 1 ½ Tbls of baking soda in the center of the square

Fold the sides of the square in toward the middle and then the opposite sides in toward the middle with the baking soda inside

Pour a ½ cup of vinegar and ¼ cup of warm water into your plastic bag

Here is where it can get a little tricky, you will need to put your “time-release” packet you made earlier into the vinegar inside the zip lock bag. This will need to be done in a hurry because you need to get the bag closed before the fizzing gets out of control. You can try to zip the bag closed half way and put in the “time-release” packet to save some time.

You will need to give the bag a shake and then set it on the ground and back up!

The bag will start to puff up and when it cannot contain itself any longer there will be a big POP!!

I sure hope this will encourage you to get out and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather and have some fun while doing it!

**Don’t forget, check out your local Rural King for most of the supplies needed to try these fun activities!

 

 

The Plano Molding Company at Rural King!

Plano logo

In store and online we offer several Plano Molding Company Products. You can view all the products available online by clicking on the Plano icon above.

We have sold a countless number of the Plano Molding 1312 Field Ammo Box OD Green 1312-50, at less than $5.00 people just can’t seem to get enough of them!

plano box

 

 We also offer the Plano Deep Water Resistant Field Box with Lift Out Tray 1612-00! Complete with a o-ring seal, top access storage built into the lid, a secure brass latch, and a comfortable over sized handle. This water resistant box with lift out tray is super durable and handy!! 

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*Click the pictures to view the items on the web site!!*

Have you heard the latest buzz? Harvest Lane Honey Products and Bees are Now Available at RuralKing.com!!!

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We recently added Harvest Lane Honey to our list of vendors we supply from online! We are now able to offer all sorts of beekeeping supplies from the Honey Orange Bliss Beeswax Body Salve to sooth even the driest of skin, to the Large Backyard Beekeeping Kit with Full Bee suit and Gloves WWA-103.

bees

Beekeeping is a safe, fun, and rewarding experience that can be a hobby or a way of life. Bees can be kept on very small lots; there are many beekeepers in urban areas that keep Bees on roofs or porches. Check your local, county, and state codes for any laws regarding space.

 

We offer several different starts up kits, for everyone from the hobbyist to the experienced farmer! Each kit includes:

  • 10 frames assembled with 10 plastic foundations (in each box)
  • 1 flat Wasatch top (protects hive from harsh elements)
  • 1 solid bottom board (hive entrance for bees)
  • 1 feeder
  • 1 inner cover (rests inside the outer cover)
  • 1 entrance reduce
  • Smoker
  • Hive tool
  • 1 lb of smoker fuel
  • Bee brush

Some of our kits also include the full bee suit, available from Child Small to adult 2X! A must have for every bee keeper; the bee suit allows you to get out and collect honey without the sting. This suit has a full zipper, is made of a cotton/poly fabric, thumb holds, fencing veil, zipped legs with elastic wrists and ankles, breast and leg pockets, zipper veil, Velcro closed tab for front zipper. These are also machine washable!

beesuit

 

*The processing time for all Harvest Lane Honey Products is 5-14 business days*

also we have bees available for pre-order! Each package includes cage, feeder can, Queen, and 3 pounds of bees. Bees will not be shipped until 4/11 (all orders will be shipped overnight once available.) We have Harvest Lane Honey 3lb. Package of Italian Bees with Queen and Cage and Harvest Lane Honey 3lb. package of Carniolan Bees with Queen and Cage currently available for pre-order.

beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees

 

Click the link below for a quick video about bees!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUkSSA_Kgzc&feature=youtu.be

Guys it’s time to skip dinner and go fishing!

If you need any thing from reels,motoguide,bobbers,baits, HEY EVEN BOW FISHING!

WE HAVE IT!

Check this

South Bend Co 6′ 6″ Spincast Fishing Rod & Reel Combo

fishing

Product Features

  • Ball Bearing Drive
  • Aluminum Spool
  • Oversized Line Roller
  • Fiberglass Rod
  • Chrome Guide
  • Graphite Reel Seat with Aluminum Hoods

If you like to bow fish, check out this great bow from OCTOBER MOUNTAIN PRODUCTS

bow fishing

The Sand Shark is built tough, to withstand the rigors of bowfishing! The Sand Shark Recurve offers a convenient, three piece take-down design, and features heavy-duty components, such as: heavy-duty sight, plunger and stabilizer bushings, and high-rise aluminum limb pockets. Each riser is crafted of hand-selected Hard Maple/Purple Heart woods and features a water- resistant finish, to ensure durability in the toughest conditions. Offering a low mass-weight, the Sand Shark provides superior performance, and a super-smooth draw. The Sand Shark can be broken- down in seconds, and is sure to be a fit for any bowfishing adventure!

  • Bow is 62”
  • 35 lbs.
  • Dacron string included.
  • Fast-Flight string compatible.
  • Suggested Brace Height: 7 1/2″ – 8 1/4″
  • Manufacturer: OCTOBER MOUNTAIN PRODUCTS
Package Includes
  • Hydro-Glide arrow rest
  • Hydro-Shot finger savers
  • String silencers
  • AMS Retriever Pro.

 

*If you see something you like please check out our website or your local store to make sure we have it in stock!*

CHECK OUT:

www.RuralKing.com/sporting-goods/fishing.html

for other products not listed above

You can order by phone:

1800-561-1752

7am-5pm cst Mon – Sat