Archive for June, 2015

Brats N Beer Saturday

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Argyle Feed Store Free Lunch SaturdayCome on over to Argyle Feed Store on Saturday, June 27th and join us for a FREE bratwurst lunch.  We’ll have the brat’s cooking in beer on the Traeger grill.  (Bet you thought we’d be drinking the beer, not cooking with it!) What’s better than a FREE LUNCH! Look for the big, red Purina tent!

IMG_4733Lunch is available while supplies last between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.  Bring the family and come visit and say hi to Amber, Andrea, Jason and the rest of the gang!

 

 

July 4th Parade & Picnic!

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

July 4th picnic at Argyle Feed StoreGrab your patriotic clothing and join Argyle Feed Store on Saturday, July 4th at the Fourth of July Yankee Doodle Parade in downtown Denton. Cheer on Argyle Feed Store’s float during the parade!

Judging starts at 8:30 am, and the parade begins at 9:00 am. Get a parade entry form here.

After the parade swing by Argyle Feed Store for our July 4th Picnic! We’ll have free hot dogs on the Traeger grill and watermelon to quench your thirst.

Stop in the store and pick up a treat for your pets and check out our great selection of pet food, supplies, hardware, coolers & grills.

 

Social Media Could Make You Rich!

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

argyleloyaltyWhat does that mean? How can I get rich with social media? Well, maybe not rich, but you could win a $1,000 gift card to Argyle Feed Store!  And you don’t have to enter anything to win.

We’re working hard to grow our Facebook fan base. It allows us to keep you informed on what’s going on the store, like Free Saturday BBQ’s, upcoming events, kid’s functions, new store items and promotions.

But— We need YOUR help! ‘Like’ our Rich Rewards promotion on our Facebook page anytime between now and September 1stYou might be the ONE lucky Facebook fan randomly selected from our Facebook Page to win a $1,000 gift card from Argyle Feed Store! 

That’s it!  You don’t have to enter a contest.  You don’t have to give us your email (although if you did, you’d receive our nifty newsletter with monthly specials in it. Sign up right here on our website, it’s FREE! So what are you waiting for?

Click here to LIKE our Rich Rewards Post on our Facebook Business Page. Certain restrictions apply.*

Now about that newsletter, you can enter your email here to receive our free monthly newsletter and special offers.  It’s up to you, but if you like to save on your pet food and hardware items, sign up today!

*To be eligible to win, you must like Argyle Feed’s Rich Rewards Promotion post on our Facebook page and reside within a 20 mile radius of Argyle Feed & Hardware. Winner will be randomly selected after September 1, 2015 and must contact us within 7 days to confirm eligibility and claim prize. No prize substitutions or cash exchanges, prize must be accepted as is.

Vacation Survival Guide for Your Garden

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Garden Tips | Argyle Feed and HardwareSure, that beach vacation you’ve been planning is going to feel like heaven to you – but it won’t to your garden. That’s because a week or two without the usual TLC can leave your plants feeling dry and wilted, not to mention vulnerable to all sorts of critters and ailments. But your time away doesn’t have to spell doom for your veggies and herbs. Just follow these tips from regional extension agent Gary Gray of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System for top-notch garden care while on vacation, so you’ll return to happy, healthy plants.

Put in an irrigation system. The biggest hurdle facing your garden while you’re away is getting enough water. Overcome it by installing drip irrigation in all of your beds and pots (soaker hoses are another option, though they tend to be less efficient), then add a timer so the system will turn on and off automatically.

Add mulch. Putting mulch around all of your plants not only helps control weeds, but it’ll help retain moisture by putting a barrier between the soil and the hot air. So if you haven’t mulched already, do so before you leave. Good options include wheat straw, pine straw, finely ground pine bark (also known as soil conditioner), and leaf compost.

Draft a garden assistant. Nothing can replace having a pair of actual eyes on the garden. Make a deal with a trustworthy friend or neighbor: They agree to care for the garden on a daily basis (watering, weeding, looking for problems, etc.), and in return they get to take home everything that’s ready to harvest. Ask them to text you photos of anything suspicious (a strange bug, a spot on a leaf), and have them over a couple of times before you leave to shadow you as you tend the garden.

Feed the plants. Give your garden an extra helping of nutrients pre-trip. Use liquid fertilizer for a quick boost, and also give a dose of granular fertilizer if you plan to be gone more than a week. Be sure to follow the application directions on the package.

Inspect the garden. If you want to return to a healthy garden, you’ll need to make sure you leave it in good shape. Look closely at your plants, at their color and vigor. Are some of the older leaves looking a little yellow and in need of a bit of nitrogen? Are there aphids on the tomato plants that could use a spritz of insecticidal soap? Any weeds that need pulling? Whatever you find, take care of it.

Plan some post-trip garden time. As soon as possible after your return, go spend some time with your plants. Give them a good watering if they need it, then pull all the weeds that have cropped up. Most importantly, look carefully at every (yes, every) leaf on every plant for problems that might’ve sprung up – or simply become more obvious – while you were away. Pinch off any dead or questionable leaves, then deal with any insect or disease issues. Finally, hello harvest time!

Looking for mulch and fertilizer? Come see us at Argyle Feed & Hardware, we can help you find everything you need to keep your garden thriving this summer.  Thanks to Bonnie Plants for these great tips!

Egg Production in Hens

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Hen on Nesting BoxHealthy hens will begin laying at about 18 to 20 weeks of age. It is not necessary for a rooster to be present for egg laying to start, but without a rooster, all eggs will be unfertilized. Hens will be at peak production at about 30 weeks. Excellent production would be considered 80 percent to 90 percent, (100 percent is considered 1 egg per hen per day), but breed, housing, weather, management, parasite load and nutrition can all affect rate of lay.

Eggs should be gathered three times daily, more often in hot weather. Store the eggs at 55oF and 70 percent to 75 percent humidity if you plan to keep them for hatching. Eggs for eating should be refrigerated. Eggs are laid with a protective coating, which helps to keep bacteria out, and it is best if this is not disturbed. Excessive washing can force bacteria through pores in the shell and into the egg, greatly reducing its chance for successful incubation and hatching. If washing is necessary, be gentle and quick, and use only water. Be sure to use water that is warmer than the egg. Dry and cool the eggs as quickly as possible.

Frequent egg gathering serves two purposes: 1) it helps to keep the eggs cleaner and prevents bacterial growth, thus eliminating the need for washing; and 2)
it lessens the opportunity for hens to learn the bad habit of egg eating.

Chicken Chat: Why do hens stop laying?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

hen in Nesting BoxLIGHT:
Many things can cause hens to stop laying eggs, but the primary reason is decreasing day length. Hens need a minimum of 17 hours of daylight to sustain strong production. If you don’t provide your hens with supplemental light, they will naturally stop laying eggs when daylight drops below 12 hours per day. Hens may also stop laying if light abruptly decreases by a few hours. This is a hormonal response regulated by a tiny gland that responds to changes in light. One 40-watt bulb per 100 square feet of coop space is enough to keep birds laying. Use an automatic timer to keep light and dark hours constant; just a day or two of too little light can end a laying cycle.

NUTRITION:
Inadequate nutrition is another reason hens stop laying and, surprisingly, the missing nutrient is often water. Hens need a constant source
of fresh water, and they do not like it very cold, so it is important to check and refresh waterers often in the winter. Cool water in the summer will help the birds combat the effects of heat. Never underestimate the importance or power of clean water at the right temperature!

Inadequate protein and/or energy can cause a production decrease. A shortage of dietary calcium will result in weaker eggshells and, eventually, weak bones as the hen robs her skeleton of calcium in an attempt to manufacture shells. Feeding too much “extra” feed, such as scratch grains or table scraps, can dilute and unbalance the complete nutrition in the hen‘s pellets or crumbles, thereby affecting her production and health. Hot weather will inhibit a hen‘s appetite, causing her to eat less and resulting in a drop in egg production on even the best diets. Offer a high-quality feed and severely limit table scraps and alternative feeds to obtain maximal egg production.

DISEASE:
Diseases and parasites will reduce a hen‘s productivity as well as her comfort. Build a relationship with a veterinarian who can help you establish a good flock health program. Never introduce new adult birds into your flock — apparently healthy adult birds can be carriers of a number of deadly diseases. Keep all premises as dry as possible to limit growth of coccidia, an insidious and stubborn parasite that flourishes in dampness causing coccidiosis.

AGE:
Egg production decreases with increasing age. Good hens will productively complete two egg-laying cycles of 50 to 60 weeks each. After that, production will drop off greatly.

STRESS:
Any kind of stress — extreme temperatures, excessive handling or moving, fright caused by predators, or noisy children (they’re all the same to a hen!) — will negatively affect egg production. Keep your hens’ environment as serene and comfortable as possible to help maintain health and productivity.

SECRECY:
Sometimes what appears to be a reduction in egg production is really the result of free-range hens hiding their eggs. Be sure you have enough nesting sites for the number of hens you are keeping, especially if you are allowing some to be “broody.” Make sure the nesting area is warm, comfortable, dimly lit and well-bedded with clean litter. Give the hens lots of good reasons to lay their eggs where you want them.

FREE BBQ At Argyle Feed This Saturday!

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
BBQgrillStop by Argyle Feed this Saturday, June 6th just in time for lunch!  We are heating up the Traeger Pellet Grill with hot dogs and hamburgers available from 11 am and 2 pm.
School is officially out and summer vacation has begun— Collect the kids and head on over to Argyle Feed for lunch!

$5 off Dog Food Coupon

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

ExclusiveLambRiceSave on your dog food purchases at Argyle Feed Store in June! Print this coupon and save $5 off all 35 LB bags of dog food.  Valid with coupon only, good through June 30, 2015.

Qualifying brands include: Exclusive (buy 8 get one free), Infinia (buy 8 get one free), Taste of wild, Diamond ,Chicken Soup for the Soul, Eukanuba, Iams, Blue and Blue wilderness.