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2021 Chick Days

Thursday, January 28th, 2021
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Spring chicks will arrive at Kissimmee Valley Feed beginning in February!

Check out the convenient calendar below for more details on shipment date and breed!

Delivery DatesExpected Chick Breeds in Shipment
2/19/21Rhode Island Red Pullets, Buff Orpington Pullets, Jersey Giants Pullets, Easter Eggers Pullets, White Leghorn Pullets, Pekin Ducks Straight Runs, and Rouen Ducks Straight Runs
2/26/21Black Silkies, Blue Silkies, Blue Silkies, White Silkies, Buff Silkies
3/3/21Barred Rock, Cinnamon Queens, Speckled Sussex, Colombian Wyandotte, Salmon Faverolle
Turkeys: Broad Breasted White, Bronze
3/17/21Rhode Island Reds, Black Australorp, Easter Eggers, Cinnamon Queen, Black Silver Laced Wynodotte, Black, Blue, Splash, Buff, and White Silkies
3/31/21Black Jersey Giant, Delaware, Black Laced Gold Wynodotte, Cuckoo Marans, Buff Orpington, Polish: Blue, Gold Laced, White Crested Black, Splash, Buff, Silver Laced
4/16/21Buffs, Rhode Island Reds, Ducks: Hatchery's Choice
4/28/21Rouens, Perkins, Khaki Campbell, White Leghorn, Barred Plymouth Rock, Red Sex Link, Black Sex Link, Rhode Island Reds

It is the perfect time to begin or grow your flock!

Be sure you are set up for success by stocking up on all the supplies you need to raise healthy chicks like chick feeders, heat lamps, chick waterers and more, all 2021 chick daysavailable at Kissimmee Valley Feed store #2, located at 215 13th Street St. Cloud, FL 34769. Kissimmee Valley Feed also carries a variety of chicken coops for your baby chicks. Stop by to visit us and find the perfect chicken supplies!

Be sure to follow us on our Facebook page to stay up to date with all the latest chick delivery information.

Please call the store at 407-892-4040 prior to making a visit to confirm delivery, different breeds of chicks, and quantities available for purchase.

February 2021 Specials

Thursday, January 28th, 2021
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Kissimmee Valley Feed pet center is pleased to offer these February 2021 specials at store #2.

Did you know? February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Healthy teeth are just as important to animals as they are to us. Looking after their dental health can help prevent your pet from developing oral problems, plus will help keep their breath fresh and their teeth looking great!

february 2021 specials Whether a dog, cat, rabbit, or other species, let’s remember our pets by prioritizing their teeth as much as we do their stomachs. This month, we are offering savings on pet dental products!

  • 10% off all dental products (toothbrush/paste and water additive)
  • $2.00 off  all dental treats (Greenies, Bulk Whimzees, Smart Mouth)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by treating your pet to some treats they’re sure to love: 

  • Buy 3 get 1 FREE on select Vitakraft cat treats. Mixing and matching permitted.
  • Westpaw $1.00 off treats and $2.00 off Zogoflex toys (while supplies last).
  • Oxbow Animal Health $1.00 off any animal treats.

Additional Specials:

  • $2.00 off select ZuPreem Natural, VeggieBlend, NutBlend, and PastaBlend bird diets.
  • $5.00 off  Carefresh large bedding (limit 2 per customer).

Savings valid February 1 – 28, 2021 at the 215 13th Street store in Saint Cloud, FL.

 

 

Dog Training Tips

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

When you bring a puppy or even an adult dog home for the first time, the idea of training probably means potty training. But after they chew up that pair of shoes and run-away off leash for the first time, you realize there is a bit more training you need to do. Here are a few things to consider when training your puppy or adult dog:

  1. Establish house rules for the dog.  Just like your children have house rules so should your dog. Will you allow your dog on the couch when you are binging Netflix? Will they be allowed to sleep with you on the bed or in the crate in another room? It’s important to establish rules for the puppy or adult dog before they arrive so that everyone and your furry friend know what to expect.
  2. Find a Training Class.  Most dog owners find puppy training classes a good idea. Depending on where you live, classes are typically held at a local dog training facility or pet supply store. There is a fee associated with these class so make sure to research the trainer before you register to ensure they have experience and excellent references. In the class, your puppy will typically learn basic commands such as sit, lie down, come, and stay and how to walk on leash.
  3. Start socializing early.  When you bring home your puppy or adopted dog, getting them use to their surroundings and interacting with people is an important part of the training process. In some areas, you can even sign up for a puppy socialization class to help your puppy learn how to interact with other dogs and people. It’s important to do this as soon as possible to avoid any set-in fears and anxieties. If you have an adopted dog, you can socialize with frequent walks around the neighborhood, having people over, and taking them to a dog park.
  4. Reward good behavior. When your puppy or adult dog does the right thing, treats and praise help reinforce the behavior you expect. Dogs are people pleasers and want to please their owners. Positive praise helps build trust between you and your furry friend and ensures they develop into a confident, well-adjusted dog.
  5. Be patient. It can take three to four weeks of consistent training before it becomes a habit. With puppies, you need to exercise patience during the training process by implementing short training sessions every day. If you are bringing home an adult dog, they can be easier to train than young puppies as they can focus for a longer period to time.
  6. Give daily exerciseA bored dog tends to get itself into trouble. Daily exercise not only keeps your furry friend healthy but also helps provide needed mental stimulation while reducing common behavioral problems such as chewing, digging, and barking.  

This article originally appeared on nutrinaworld.com.

Sunglo Show Goat Event – Facebook Live

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021
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Join Kissimmee Valley Feed for a Free Facebook Live Show Goat Event on Monday, January 25th, 2021, at 6:30 pm. Note that we changed the date from the 21st to the 25th!

This online event will cover care, health, feeding and nutrition for your show goats. Presented by Kissimmee Valley Feed and Sunglo Show Feeds.

Kissimmee Valley Feed offers Sunglo Show Feeds for all your show projects. Come shop our selection of show feeds and supplies. We’ll help you raise a champion.

Sunglo show Goat Event Flyer

5 Tips to Get Your Horse to Drink More Water During Winter

Monday, January 4th, 2021

Get Your Horse to Drink More Water During WinterThe following guide will help you to get your horse to drink more water during winter: Water is the most essential aspect of any horse’s diet. Without adequate water intake, horses will not survive.

An adult horse (1000 lbs.) in a cool, comfortable environment that is not working, or lactating, needs a minimum of seven to ten gallons of fresh, clean water every day. The amount of water required is closely related to the amount of feed the horse has eaten. Most horses will drink 1.5 quarts of water per pound of dry feed intake. If a horse is consuming 20 pounds of dry hay per day, the horse would be expected to drink approximately 7.5 gallons of water each day. The water requirement is higher if the horse is in training, nursing a foal, growing, pregnant or in a hot/humid environment. The best way to ensure adequate water intake is to always provide free access to fresh, clean water.

Issues associated with water intake during the winter months usually revolve around horses not drinking enough water. Water that has frozen or is near freezing will result in decreased intake. Water consumption reaches its maximum when the temperature is maintained between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Similarly, horses that must eat snow as their only water source, will not eat enough snow to satisfy their necessary water requirement completely. This decreased water intake can result in digestive upset or “colic,” associated with feed material becoming impacted (stuck) in the digestive system. Therefore, the water source should be free-flowing or heated to prevent freezing and guarantee the horse is drinking enough water. When installing a heating device for water, be certain that any electrical unit is properly grounded to prevent electrical shock of the horse. Horses are very sensitive to electrical shock and will quit drinking to avoid shock.

Here are few easy tips to assist with increasing your horse’s water intake:

  1. Wet your horse’s feed at a ratio of 2 parts feed to 1 part water. This can increase the hydration status of your horse.
  2. Offer a wet mash, every day, of soaked beet pulp shreds or pellets, timothy forage pellets or alfalfa forage pellets. If you are concerned about adding too many calories to an overweight horse’s diet, try soaking and offering teff forage pellets. Soak these forage or fiber sources at a ratio of 2 parts water to 1 part forage.
  3. Wetting down the long-stemmed hay you offer your horse can also boost water intake slightly.
  4. Flavoring your horse’s water can also encourage water intake, especially if you are traveling and have a picky drinker.
  5. Provide a salt block in your horse’s paddock or stall to help stimulate thirst.

Get Your Horse to Drink More Water During Winter Chart

Horses primarily eating hay will consume more water than those eating both hay and grain. Fiber increases the water holding capacity of the hindgut. Better quality hays, such as alfalfa, are typically higher in calories compared to grass hay. Other baled hay substitutes, such as forage cubes and pellets, can be fed to replace poor quality hay.

Standlee Premium Western Forage offers a wide variety of Alfalfa and Alfalfa mix products ranging from baled, long-stemmed forage, to cubes, pellets and chopped forage. Also available are Standlee Premium Smart Beet (beet pulp) shreds and pellets that increase the calorie content of the forage portion of the diet and are highly digestible.

If you have questions about how you can you to get your horse to drink more water during winter, please contact or visit Kissimmee Valley Feed today.

By Dr. Tania Cubitt
Standlee Nutritional Expert – Performance Horse Nutrition

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