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2019 Blain’s Farm & Fleet Poultry Breed Guide

Looking into starting to raise your own poultry? If your answer is yes, Blain’s Farm & Fleet has all the information you need in the 2019 Poultry Breed Guide. Learn more about the poultry breeds we sell to verify you are making the right selection. Whether you want to raise chickens for egg production, turkeys for meat, or if you’re involved in the local 4-H and want to show your(…)

How to Prevent Egg Laying Chickens from Decreased Production

There are a number of factors that can cause your hens to experience decreased egg production. Malnutrition, disease, and many natural occurring phenomena all could play a role making it very difficult to remedy. It’s important to become aware of each circumstance and act accordingly. Plus, many of these issues occur during the fall and winter months, so the timing couldn’t be any more relevant. Triggers Causing Decreased Egg Production(…)

Sweet Corn Harvesting Tips

When to Harvest Your Corn In a short and “sweet” one sentence answer, the best time to harvest your corn is when the silk tassels turn brown, but the husks are still green. This typically occurs when your crop is 7 to 8 feet tall and occurs about 20 days after the silk first appears. Each stalk should produce one to two usable ears of corn depending upon the growing(…)

How to Build a Chicken Wire Fence

Chicken wire is a versatile product that’s often used in a number of ways by farmers, gardeners, and DIY handymen. It comes in handy when constructing a quick trellis for vining plants, keeping small animals out of your garden, or for a variety of interior and exterior applications around your home. There is little to no debate over the number of different ways that chicken wire can be used. However,(…)

Knowing When It’s Hay Day

Many dietitians and health enthusiasts often tell their patients or peers, “You are what you eat.” Often times it’s meant in a comical sense, but in actuality this phrase is very true. Eating healthy helps you combat diseases, improves your longevity, and leads to an overall increase in your energy level throughout the day. Not only is this phrase practical for human life, it is also applicable to animals as well.(…)

Tips for “Showing” Up Prepared

Follow These Tips the next Time You Show Your Livestock: 1) Involve a Veterinarian – Before any animal arrives at your farm, make sure you have a veterinarian apply the appropriate vaccinations and check the overall health of the animal. Ask the prior owner for a full list of the animal’s previous health history so that you have all of the animal’s health information on hand. 2) Establish a Feeding(…)

Saddle Up for the 2018 Midwest Horse Fair

Preparing for the 2018 Midwest Horse Fair at Blain’s Farm & Fleet The Midwest Horse Fair takes place once a year at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI and is the largest 3-day horse fair in America. The event is taking place on Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22. Attendees are able to view the PRCA Rodeo and Midwest Horse Fair Driving Derby, learn from equine experts, and(…)

The Hard Keeper: Horse Weight Gain Tips

Follow these horse weight gain tips from Manna Pro and Blain’s Farm & Fleet. As horse owners, most of us have struggled keeping weight on that one “hard keeper” in our barn at one point in our lives! You try giving him the same ration of grain and quality hay the other horses are thriving on, he is on a regular de-worming schedule, and you even had his teeth checked.(…)

9 Reasons Hens Stop Laying Eggs

Find out why hens stop laying eggs with Blain’s Farm & Fleet and Nutrena. If you have layer birds, you’re used to getting a consistent amount of daily eggs from your chickens. But what if that number drops and your hens stop laying eggs? There are a few reasons why your hens stop laying eggs. Follow along with Nutrena and Blain’s Farm & Fleet. 1. Molt Molt can cause hens(…)

Supplementing Your Chicken’s Diet

Learn about supplementing your chicken’s diet with Nutrena and Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Do chickens need supplements in their diet? If you’re new to raising chickens, you might not know about all the different way to supplement their diet. According to Nutrena, a good layer feed provides almost everything chickens need for a balanced diet. But there are three other things to have on hand – oyster shell, grit and(…)

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