A & L Feed and Pet Supply

Newsletter 21

Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy Mother’s Day!

We hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! Moms are on duty 24/7/365…with only one day dedicated to their labors, we hope you spent some quality time with the Mamas in your life. And  speaking of Moms, check out our Spring Showcase! Spring has sprung, at A & L Feed, and spring brings new life…er…lives! Pandora (Mommy Chinchilla) surprised us with three bouncing, bundles of baby, while Squeaks (Mommy Hamster) added seven energetic fur balls to the family.

Storey Books are here!

Come check out our awesome collection of Storey life science and How-To books! Storey has comprehensive guides for raising everything from Rabbits, Poultry, to Miniature Livestock! From Beekeeping, Brewing, and Organic Gardening, we have books that will meet your thirst for homesteading knowledge.

Chicken Butchering!

A quick shout out for our friends at Fortuna Feed, who are offering a hands-on chicken butchering class at Noon on May 17th. If you are unable to attend, we will be having a class at A&L later this summer, so stay tuned!

Class space is limited, so give them a call at 725-3333 to reserve your bird.

Poultry Profiles

Ring-Necked Pheasants

Ringnecked Pheasants

Ring-Necked Pheasants

Pheasants originate from Asia, and were brought to America in the 1800’s. Since then, they have become one of the most successful assimilating non-native bird, with wild populations spread from coast to coast. They are sought-after for their lovely plumage and delicious flavor. Pheasants require space to roam, fly and nest, and do well with immediate access to grain fields, wetlands and forest-like vegetation. If penned, plan for 20 square feet per bird, and provide a natural setting to prevent cannibalism due to boredom.

  • Size: 4-6 pounds
  • Purpose: Decorative, Gamebirds
  • Temperament/Behavior: Active, Wild
  • Mating Season: March through April

Black Swedish

Black Swedish Pair

Black Swedish

Black Swedish actually hail from…Sweden! Like the Blue Swedish, Black Swedish have been in America since the late 1800’s. They are cold hardy, friendly and make great slug-and-snail police.

Fun Fact: Daffy Duck is thought to be a Black Swedish.

http://www.metzerfarms.com/BreedVideo/BlackSwedishDuckVideo.cfm

  • Size: 5-6 pounds
  • Purpose: Snail Patrol, Good Egg Layers
  • Mating: Good Parents
  • Temperament/Behavior: Calm and Friendly, Great Foragers

Golden 300

Golden 300

Golden 300

This is Sparta! Just kidding. The Golden 300, is not named for being THE 300, but more for laying roughly 300 eggs in their first year of laying. Yes, you read that correctly, 300 duck eggs per year. Amazing? We know. Another neat fact about the 300’s is that they are a sex-linked variety, with the male ducklings having shades of black, and exhibiting Rouen/Cayuga-like coloration in adulthood, and the female ducklings being shades of brown and being more khaki-colored in adulthood. Goldens are calm, consistant layers that would make eggcelent additions to any backyard flock.

  • Size: 5-6 pounds
  • Purpose: Amazing Egg Layers
  • Temperament/Behavior: Calm
  • Mating: Great fertility for hatching eggs

FARM FEST and more!

It’s that time of the year again: Farm Fest! We have lots of amazing things in store for you this year. In addition to the annual barbeque, beer and games, we will have the McKinleyville and Arcata FFA groups here with their animals. There will also be pony rides, homesteading demos and so much more!

Join us!

June 6th, from 2-7 pm

Check our Facebook and website for the schedule of events (to be posted soon)!

After Farm Fest, we kick off the Pony Express Days Dance from 8-midnight in the A & L Barn! Kick up your heels to Jimi Jeff and the Gypsy Band. There will be a corn hole tournament, mechanical bull, and some awesome photos by the Forget-Me-Not Photo Booth.

Gardening Help has Arrived!

Humboldt Kitchen GardenersThose organic starts are just too attractive to pass up, but you’re still daunted by the whole idea of gardening:

How do I “rotate” crops? When do I plant these things? How do I know how to space everything? Procrastinate no more! Eddie Tanner wrote a great book just for us aspiring Humboldt gardeners. Not only does he give a comprehensive guide complete with dates for plantings, compost tea and plant rescue remedies, as well as the recipe for tomato success in our coastal climate.

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