Category Archives: Wildlife

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

Hey Teachers!! Great Classroom Project!!

chickenbrooder

This 8 panel plastic brooder would be a great learning project for kids of all ages!  Hatch chickens, pheasant, quail, ducks or other gamebirds or waterfowl and see the cycle of life begin right before your eyes.  This unit is washable and durable and will bring joy and amazement to your classroom for years to come.

Also pictured is the Brinsea EcoGlow used to keep chicks warm and toasty!

These items can be found at your local Rural King store  or at ruralking.com

 

 

Hippity Hop Hop! Bunny Rabbits at Rural King

Rural King Bunny Rabbits

Did you know that some Local Rural Kings carry Bunny Rabbits for Agricultural Usage? Not only do they carry the Bunny Rabbits, but they also carry all your Bunny Rabbits needs.

Rabbit Hutches and/or Rabbit Cages

Rural King carries Rabbit Hutches as well as Cages for your Bunny Rabbit(s). If you are just beginning to raise bunny rabbits, Rural King sells a Starter Rabbit Cage/Hutch Kit equipped with the following: Miller MFG. Rabbit Hutch Kit RHCK1

  • Frame Kit.
  • Rabbit Cage
  • Sifter Feeder and Lid
  • Plastic Dropping Pan
  • 32 oz. Water Bottle and Holder
  • Cage Clips and Wire Clip Pliers

 

 

 

If you are not exactly looking for a Rabbit Cage/Hutch we would recommend looking at our Wooden Rabbit Hutches available for Small Bunny Rabbits and Large Bunny.

Ensure your rabbit is safe with a secure hutch they will be excited to call their home! The rabbit hutch is elevated, and includes a ramp to make it easy for your rabbit to hop into their hutch. Rubber feet are installed on the bottom legs to prevent splintering when outside, or marking your inside floors. Our cage is crated from a fine weather-resistant variety of fir tree lumber and is coated with a protective, non-toxic stain. The water-resistant top is made of asphalt shingles and is designed to protect your pet from inclement weather. (Sold Online Only)

Prevue Pet Small Rabbit Hutch 46Prevue Pet Small Rabbit Hutch 460

  • Assembled: 36” L, 24” W, 35 1/2” H
  • Interior: 31 1/2” L, 20” W, 20” H

 

 

 

 

 

Prevue Pet Large Rabbit Hutch 461Prevue Pet Large Rabbit Hutch 461

  • Assembled: 46 1/2” L, 24” W, 36 1/4” H
  • Interior: 42 1/2” L, 20” W, 20” H

 

 

 

 

 

Bunny Rabbit Feed

Not only does Rural King carry the Bunny Rabbit Hutches/Cages, there is also Rabbit Feed that is sold as well as Rabbit Treats.

Rural King sell the Manna Pro Select Rabbit Feed: Pro, Gro, and Sho. As well as Rural King carries a Country Road Rabbit Pellet Feed.

Manna Pro (Pro, Gro, and Sho) Rabbit FeedCountry Road Rabbit Pellets

 

So if your looking to begin Raising Rabbits for Agricultural Use DO NOT LOOK ANY FURTHER! You have found the spot. Rural King will carry a lot of your Bunny Rabbit needs. If it is not available in store, look online at RuralKing.com.

***FYI: Not all of Rural King Store Locations carry the Bunny Rabbits, but you will still locate Bunny Feed in the store locations.

 

Don’t forget about your Pets!

Staying warm in this weather can be a battle for us, but think about your pets! Rural King has many useful items to help keep our animals warm along with keeping their water from freezing. At this current time, most of our heated livestock items are 15% off! It is an ease on your pockets and your pets!

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Farm Innovators 3 gallon Plastic Heated Poultry Fountain HPF-100  SKU: 011300061

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 Farm Innovators 1500W Safe in All Tanks De-Icer SKU: 002700052

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Farm Innovators Heated 2 Gallon Bucket HB60 SKU: 002700418

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Farm Innovators Premium Bird Bath De-Icer C-50 SKU: 002700337

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Farm Innovators 23″ x 29″ Heated Plastic Pet Mat SKU: 00270036

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Farm innovators Floating Pond De-Icer Green 1250 Watt P-148 SKU: 011300029

These items and many more that we carry will help make life a little easier for you and your pets. Stay warm!

Tracking Wildlife the Easy Way – Bushnell X-8 Trail Camera

It can sometimes be difficult to choose the best hunting spot on a large area of land. You may find several areas with plenty of tracks, but may be unsure just how many animals there really are. This hunting season, reduce the guess work and setup a Trail Camera in the areas you want a second opinion on.

Bushnell X-8 6.0 Megapixel Trail Camera with Night Vision 119327C

Bushnell X-8 6.0 Megapixel Trail Camera with Night Vision 119327C

The Bushnell X-8 6.0 Megapixel Trail Camera with Night Vision 119327C is a great Trail Camera to use for both day and night surveying. Just mount the trail camera on a tree that will give you a clear view of the area and position it about 2 to 3 feet above the ground. This model has several handy features to make sure you get a shot of all the animals passing through the area. It can be set to go off at specific intervals for up to an hour and it also features a motion sensor which detects movement up to 45 feet away from the trail camera. Its lightning fast shutter speed of 1 second will also ensure that the animal it detected will be in the frame. The Bushnell X-8 is perfect for tracking wildlife at night or early morning, as well. It has 36 LED lights which illuminate the area for a clear view. Once you have left the camera out for a decent amount of time, simply remove your SD card and you can see what the camera reveals about the location you chose.

If you want to get further use of your Trail Camera during the off-season, try setting it up to track predators or use it as a security camera. You could even use it to track wildlife year round to get a better feel of your land. The information you learn from using a Trail Camera could help you get that big buck you’ve always wanted.