Archive for August, 2015

September Customers of the Month

Monday, August 31st, 2015

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Argyle Feed & Hardware is recognizing our most loyal customers each month— Just our way of saying thank you for your business and how much we appreciate you. Our September Customers of the Month are a partnership! Paul and Julie Beam have been great longtime customers of Argyle Feed. Thanks for your loyalty and continued support, Julie and Paul!

 

Outdoor Activities With Your Dog

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

 

Half the fun of having dogs in our lives is sharing various activities with them, including play dates at the dog park, camping, and hiking. Most dogs have lots of physical and mental energy—even saying the word “outside” can send them into a tail-wagging tizzy—so you’ll want to channel that energy into safe, fun activities you can both enjoy. Argyle Feed also has the products and supplies to make sure your dog and you have flea-free and safe outdoor fun!

DOG PARKS
In theory, dog parks are a wonderful idea. What could be more fun for your dog than running and romping freely with a bunch of his or her canine buddies? However, there are some important guidelines to keep in mind if you want your dog to stay safe and healthy at the dog park.

Observe the Other Dogs
Observe the dogs playing in a park a few times at different times of day before bringing your own. Are they well socialized? Playing nicely? Is any aggressive behavior taking place? Dogs who have been left alone all day and who run around in a park after their owners have returned from work may have too much pent-up energy to play properly.

Take Precautions
Ensure that your dog is up to date with his vaccination protection. Presumably, dog owners who care enough to bring their dogs to a dog park also care enough to vaccinate them properly. But because you can’t know that for sure, your dog should be protected as well.

Intestinal parasites are bound to show up in areas heavily trafficked by many dogs, so be sure to have your dog tested more often and/or bring a stool sample to the vet if your dog  experiences unexplained diarrhea or other signs of parasites, including unusual lethargy, vomiting, or fever.

Other dogs may also carry fleas, which can jump onto your own dog during play. Protect your furry friend with Adam Flea & Tick Spot On for Dogs, a monthly preventive that kills fleas, flea eggs, flea larvae, and ticks for up to 30 days.

CAMPING
When planned with your dog in mind, camping can be a fun and rewarding experience for both of you. Although it typically involves some extra effort in making do without the comforts of home, camping is a great way to escape from the day-to-day routine, enjoy the company of family and friends, and get some fresh air.

Ensure That Dogs Are Welcome
If you will be staying at a campground, make sure that dogs are welcome before heading out on your trip. The worst time to find out that there’s a no-dogs policy is after you have packed up your vehicle and driven several hundred miles to your chosen location. And speaking of packing, always take along a canine first-aid kit for your pet in case of a medical emergency.

Teach Basic Commands
Unless you plan to “rough it” in a remote area, camping usually involves a good amount of social interaction with other outdoorsy types, so your dog should be able to follow basic commands so as not to disturb your fellow campers. Daytime at a campground may be filled with bustling activity, but the evenings are usually pretty quiet. Your dog should be able to sit or lie down nicely by the campfire, eat dinner al fresco, and turn in early—all without fussing or barking.

Keep Your Dog on Leash
It is also important to keep your dog on a leash when camping. Even if he or she is especially friendly and an old pro when it comes to following commands, not all dogs are necessarily as sociable or as well behaved as your pet. It’s important for pet owners to know the basics of how to train your dog. If your dog wanders over to the next campsite to greet the neighbors and they brought along an aggressive dog, both pets could wind up getting hurt.

Take Precautions
You will get the most out of camping with your dog by taking a few simple precautions:

  • Apply a flea and tick Spot On topical treatment, such as Adams Flea & Tick Spot On for Dogs, a week or so prior to the outing. Continue to protect your dog by applying this treatment on a monthly interval.
  • Make sure that your dog has received the proper vaccinations, including the one for Lyme disease.
  • During hot-weather camping and other outings, keep your dog cool and out of the sun by popping up a small tent, or use a shade tarp. Include a small ice chest with bags of ice cubes.

HIKING
Hiking is one of the healthiest forms of exercise for both people and dogs. What’s more, taking part requires no fancy equipment or major expense. When a dog walks, he or she strengthens various muscles and experiences an increase in heart rate, a basic requirement of any cardiovascular activity.

Bring the Right Supplies

Consider strapping on a doggy backpack with canine first-aid supplies to bring along on the trail. And unless your dog’s tender feet have been conditioned to rough terrain, don’t plan to hike far. Keep checking your pup’s foot pads in case they tear or become red and swollen. Also, bring along clean-up supplies to properly dispose of waste.

Carry plenty of food and treats for your dog, too, as there’s no guarantee that you’ll find the exact food you feed your dog in a remote area. Bring fresh water for both you and your dog—hiking is thirsty work!

Don’t forget to bring along a few of your dog’s favorite toys. In addition to treats, you can use these as rewards when he or she comes when called. If your dog encounters a wild animal, following your command to come back to you may save his or her life.

Take Precautions
Always be on the lookout for signs that your dog needs a break. These can range from subtle cues, like panting excessively and slowing down, to more obvious signs of distress like increased salivation and outright stopping to sit down. If your dog tells you that a rest is needed, honor the request by finding the nearest patch of shade.

As with other outdoor activities, make sure that your dog is wearing a flea and tick preventive, such as Adams Flea & Tick Spray.  Do not use multiple pesticides simultaneously; follow package-labeling instructions carefully. This mist kills and repels fleas and ticks, as well as kills other hiking hazards such as mosquitoes.

Visit us today at Argyle Feed & Hardware— We are your Denton County destination for all of your pet supplies: quality pet foods, leashes, collars and harnesses and toys too!

Get Ready for Hunting Season With Argyle Feed

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

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Dove Season has already begun and the remaining game hunting season starts up in the next few weeks! Be ready for the season with a visit to Argyle Feed & Hardware. We carry RealTree deer corn, supplemental deer feeds such as Purina AntlerMax as well as feeders and deer blinds. We also have YETI coolers and accessories such as the YETI Rambler Tumblers, Colsters and Lowballs. Stop in today for best selection!

2015 State Fair of Texas

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

State Fair of Texas 2015Get your bags packed and your road maps ready – the State Fair of Texas® is just around the corner, bringing you an all-access pass to Texas-sized fun! A celebration of all things Texan, the State Fair encourages visitors to explore the great Lone Star State and all it has to offer. A combination of entertainment, art, agriculture, history and cuisine, the State Fair provides fairgoers with a unique way to experience every aspect of Texas culture, all in one place. With that in mind, the State Fair invites you to grab your family and friends and start planning your trip to the 2015 Fair, themed “Passport to Texas.” This year’s exposition will run Friday, September 25 through Sunday, October 18 at historic Fair Park in Dallas.

Click here for livestock exhibitor information.

Like Us on Facebook (And we’ll pay you back!)

Monday, August 24th, 2015


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Now we’re not talking bribes here, but, we have nearly 1,000 Facebook fans and would like to see if we can reach 1,500 before the end of August. If we reach our goal of 1,500 fans by Monday, August 31st, we’re giving ALL of our FB fans a little Thank You! Everyone receives a $5 coupon good with a $25 purchase from Argyle Feed & Hardware. This offer is only good, however, if we hit 1,500 fans.  So, please share this post and tell all your friends, family, neighbors and the folks at work to LIKE Argyle Feed!

We want make it worth everyones’ while to be Argyle Feed & Hardware Facebook fans!

Traeger Pellet Grills Make Grilling Fun Again

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

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Argyle Feed Store is your local dealer for Traeger Pellet Grills.  Simple and safe to operate,  Traeger’s draft induction technology offers continuous convection cooking to ensure even heat distribution. The results are perfectly cooked food every time, with no flare-ups, no burnt food and no hassles.

All you do is plug in and play! Traegers require only a standard 110V household current. After an initial 300 watt heat up of the wood pellets, the grill uses the equivalent of a 50 watt light bulb, making the Traeger Pellet Grill one of the most energy-efficient grills on the market today. Using Traeger’s specially formulated natural hardwood pellets, food has a rich flavor unmatched by charcoal, gas grills and smokers.  Pellets come in a variety of woods, too— your grilling experience is only limited by your imagination.

Come in today and the Argyle Feed team will happily show you our selection of Traeger Pellet Grills and accessories.  We’ll get you up and grilling in no time— for many years to come!

Chickens and Molting

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

brown henMolting is the process wherein hens lose feathers and grow new ones. It occurs naturally after 10 to 14 months of production, or it can be caused accidentally by temperature extremes, running out of feed or water, a decrease in light, or disease. Hens will not lay eggs during a molt. Molting gives birds a chance to rest. After seven to eight weeks, they will return to production for a second cycle, though they will not be as productive the second time around. However, they will often lay larger eggs than during their first cycle.

Chick Tips at 6 Months

Friday, August 7th, 2015

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At this point, you’ve probably already been enjoying eggs for a while now. If you find that those first eggs are small, misshapen or have weak shells, don’t worry, practice makes perfect and as time goes by the eggs will become more consistent.

Pullets usually start laying around 20 weeks of age with peak production occurring around 27 to 30 weeks of age. Peak production means that it is the highest rate of lay in your flock. Excellent peak production during this time would be between 80 to 90 percent. This means that on a given day, 80-90 percent of your birds will lay an egg. Nutrition, housing conditions, weather, breed and lighting, as well as management will all play a part in how many eggs each pullet will lay.

You should gather eggs frequently, at least three times per day. This is particularly important during hot weather. Eggs that will be used for eating should be refrigerated. Frequent collection and refrigeration keeps the eggs fresher, cleaner and decreases the chance for broken eggs. Eggs intended to be used for hatching should be stored at 55°F and 70 to 75 percent humidity. When maintained at the correct temperature hatching eggs can be stored for up to 6 days with no effect on hatchability.

After peak production occurs, the rate of lay will decrease by about 1 to 1.5 percent each week. Following 10 to 14 months of laying eggs, the pullet’s rate of lay will be very low and molting may occur. Continue feeding Purina® Layena® Sunfresh® Recipe free-choice and be sure there is always fresh water available.

Argyle Feed has all your chicken feed, scratch, waterers and other supplies.  Come see us!

Source: Purina Poultry

August Customer of The Month

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

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Argyle Feed & Hardware is recognizing our most loyal customers each month— Just our way of saying thank you for your business and how much we appreciate you! August’s Customer of the Month is Chuck Wright. Chuck has been a longtime regular customer of Argyle Feed!  Thanks for your support and loyalty, Chuck. (By the way, we love your Purina cap!)

 

Scotts Texas Select Mulch Coupon Special

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Argyle_Scotts MulchGet year-long color, guaranteed, from Scotts Texas Select! This mulch has been tested to withstand Texas conditions and helps maximize water retention during hot summers. Plus, the 100% premium wood naturally prevents weeds.

During August, download and print the coupon below and save on Scotts Texas Select mulch at Argyle Feed & Hardware. Buy Five Bags and Get 1 Free*— Save nearly $1 per bag! Visit us today and stock up!

*Offer good only at Argyle Feed & Hardware while supplies last through 8/31/2015. One Coupon per purchase; not good with other offers or discounts.