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The Molting Process

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

The Molting ProcessAhh, the molting process. Shorter days and cooler temperatures…For people, it’s a sign that it is back to school time and fall. To chickens, it’s a sign that it is time to renew their feathers. Losing feathers and re-growing them is called molting and occurs every year when the days get shorter.

During molt, chickens typically stop laying eggs and use this time to build up their nutrient reserves. Even though they are not laying, it is critical that your chickens have a high quality diet during this time.

Feeding a high quality ration such as NatureWise Feather Fixer™ during molt will help your birds get through the molting process and back to laying eggs as quickly as possible. Feather Fixer™ is a unique and innovative life-stage product that can also be fed year round if desired. It has elevated levels of protein as well as a mix of vitamins, minerals and amino acids that help maintain healthy skin and develop strong and beautiful new feathers.

Top tips for feeding through the molt:

  • Feed a high protein feed like NatureWise Feather Fixer that is a complete feed, so you don’t have to worry about feeding other protein supplements to feed along with layer feed during molt.
  • Make feed available free choice
  • Limit scratch to 10% of diet during molt so you don’t dilute the protein content of the ration
  • Molting and growing new feathers requires a lot of energy. Feathers are 85% protein… so be sure your birds’ diet includes a highly nutritious feed like NatureWise or Country Feeds that consists of at least 16% protein, or ideally, the higher protein NatureWise Feather Fixer. You don’t need to add medications or other vitamins if you’re feeding one of these feeds.
  • Just as your chickens have individual personalities, they will go through molt differently as well. Some lose a few feathers and grow them back in as quickly as 3-4 weeks. Other chickens lose a lot of feathers and take 12-16 weeks to grow them back.

Other tips for helping chickens get through molting:

  • Reduce stress as much as possible, avoid bringing new birds into the flock if possible
  • Chickens should act normal during their molt – if they seem sick, something else is wrong
  • Both roosters and hens go through molt
  • Avoid handling your chickens during molt, it is painful for them and increases stress

Chickens will lose feathers in a sequence starting with the head and neck and then down the back, across the breast and thighs and finally their tail feathers. The new feathers that emerge are called pinfeathers and will grow in following the same sequence they were lost.

So don’t panic when your chickens start losing their feathers and stop laying eggs. Molting is a normal and natural process of shedding feathers and re-growing them that all chickens go through. The best thing you can do to help your chickens through molt is to feed a high quality, high protein layer feed.

In conclusion, visit Kissimmee Valley Feed for all things chicken!

Article source: Nutrena World

Flock-Tober 2021

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

Flock-Tober 2021Flock-Tober 2021: Shop at Kissimmee Valley Feed’s Main Store during October and get a FREE limited-edition coop sign when you purchase a large bag of Purina Layer feed*! These signs are popular and we will run out!

Don’t forget to fluff those feathers and polish your hen’s beaks for the 5th annual Purina® Miss Flock-Tober® pageant! Purina® will crown weekly winners of 4 categories this month – chosen by YOU! Find your best #PurinaFed poultry photos and strut over to the Purina Poultry Facebook page to enter.

Are your chicks growing? Once your chicks hit 18-20 weeks old or lay their first egg, it’s time to transition to Purina Layena poultry feed to sustain growth and promote egg production! Check out our poultry supplies here! Most importantly, enjoy Flock-Tober 2021!

October Astro Sales

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

October Astro Sales Westpaw toyHead on over to Kissimmee Valley Feed Store #2 to take advantage of these October Astro Sales. Savings valid at our 215 13th Street St. Cloud, FL 34769. Stock up and save today! Please note the varying expiration dates.

West Paw – DOLLARS OFF select treats and toys:
October 2021

Get $1.00 OFF Treats and $2.00 OFF Zogoflex & Seaflex Toys

Primal – $2.00 OFF Treats
October – November 2021

Get $2.00 OFF any Primal Treat or Chew (Limit 4 pet customer)

Vetericyn – $3.00 Dollars OFF
October – December  2021

Save $3.00 on Mobility Hoof Care and Linimnet, 3oz Microbial Hydrogel, Hot Spot Gel, Wound and Skin, Feline Facial, and Reptile Wound and Skin.

October Astro Loyalty Sales are valid at our 13th Street, St. Cloud location only, while supplies last.

How to Adjust Gain in Show Pigs

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

Show PigsHow to Adjust Gain in Show Pigs: Weighing your market hog can be a tense experience, especially when you start counting down the days until the show.

Does the hog weigh too much? Too little? Should you be alarmed by the weight you see on the scale? For example, do you need to adjust the ration to remedy the situation?

Before you make any decisions, take inventory of the situation.

Above all, consider the following questions:

  • What is the maximum weight limit at the show?
  • How fast has your hog been gaining up to this point?
  • Does your show have a weigh back policy?
  • What does your pig need in terms of muscle, fat cover and fill?

Use numbers to determine change

The maximum weight limit will tell you how much weight the pig has left to gain. This calculation is a simple one:

(Desired weight (lbs.) – Current weight (lbs.)) / Days remaining until show day = Maximum weight gain per day (lbs.)

For example, let’s use 280 lbs. as the show’s maximum weight, and let’s say you have a 266 lb. pig. There are 30 days left until the show. The calculation would be:

(280 lbs. – 266 lbs.)/30 days=0.47 lbs./day

In this scenario, there is reason for concern. The pig can only gain 0.47 lbs. per day until the show. Additional gain would result in discounts due to size.

To avoid situations like this, weigh your pig regularly on a scale or use a measurement tape to estimate weight . However, if you do find yourself in a situation where you need to slow growth in your show pig, here are some products that can help:

Products to help slow growth in show pigs:

Product NameUseFeeding RateNotes
High Octane® Powerfill® FeedA fully fortified complete feed for swine which meets all the pig's daily nutrient requirements. Can also be used as part of the total diet to 'spike' or concentrate nutrients in the pig's daily diet. As a complete feed: 3 lbs. per day; as a supplement: 2 lbs. per day with 2 lbs. regular showpig feed.
High Octane® Champion Drive® TopdressA pelleted (1/8 inch) high protein topdress that helps with muscle development and concentrates nutrients in the pig's daily diet. This product should be used if the pig needs more top shape and muscle definition.1 lb. per day, or more as needed.
High Octane® Fitter 35® SupplementA pelleted (1/8 inch) high protein topdress that achieves everything that High Octane® Champion Drive® Topdress does, but also helps burn fat by diluting the energy content of the pig's daily diet. Should be used on pigs who need more muscle and less fat. This product is handy for trimming up heads and necks.Replace 2 lbs. of pig's daily diet with 2 lbs. of Fitter 35® Supplement for the final 14-21 days prior to the show. Normal feeding rate is 1 lb. per day.Can be fed up to 3 lbs. per day as a complete feed to help slow growth (less than 0.5 lbs. per day gain), help increase lean tissue (muscle) and help reduce fat around the head and neck area.
High Octane® Heavy Weight® SupplementA white powder that resembles milk replacer designed to help improve body fat, growth rate and appetite.To help improve appetite feed 4 oz. per day; to improve fat cover or growth rate feed 8-12 oz. per day.More can be fed if the pig will consume more without significantly reducing overall daily feed consumption.
High Octane® Power Fuel® SupplementA reddish brown extruded nugget designed to help supply energy in the pig's diet for growth and fat cover, as well as improve feed utilization.1/2 to 1 1/2 lbs. per day.Can be used to complement High Octane® Heavy Weight® Supplement.
High Octane® Depth Charge® SupplementA pelleted (1/8 inch) supplement that expands rapidly after ingestion to help with rib and fill. It is particularly useful when limit feeding to help keep the pig fuller appearing and help take the edge off of appetite.1/2 to 1 1/2 lbs. per day.It is not recommended to wet this product prior to feeding as it begins to expand when it comes into contact with water. If the product expands to an appreciable amount, it may have a negative impact on voluntary feed intake.
High Octane® Paylean® PremixA pelleted (1/8 inch), high protein, fully-fortified supplement that supplies Paylean®. Paylean® has been proven to increase lean tissue, decrease body fat and increase growth rate. The premix also fortified with extra biotin to help pads and Zinpro® zinc methionine to help protect hooves.2 oz. per day in 6 lbs. of feed.

Real-life examples:

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to feeding show pigs. Each pig will likely need its own individual feeding plan.

Below are three common scenarios and feeding program suggestions:

#1 Example: Increasing Pig Gain

#2 Example: Slowing Pig Gain

#3 Example: Stopping Pig Gain

These three examples clearly show that diet formulation varies greatly from animal to animal. A pig that has 1.57 lbs. per day to gain isn’t going to need the same diet as a pig that has 0.47 lbs. per day to gain.

Quick tips for feeding show pigs:

In addition, consider the following additional factors when feeding your show pigs:

  • An exhibitor’s ultimate goal is for their pig to look fresh and big-bodied on show day while meeting weight goals. All Purina® Honor® Show pig feeds now include Ambitine® technology formula, an exclusive ingredient that helps support gut integrity and feed intake. Ambitine® technology is a carefully researched blend of plant extracts and acidifiers to help support gut health and essential oils that help stimulate enzyme secretion for feed digestibility.
  • Pigs will lose weight on the trailer ride to the show. Most pigs will lose about 6-8 lbs. of gut fill if trailered for 1 or more hours. This weight can be used as a safety net, or it can be added to what the pig can gain per day.
  • Further, pigs utilize feed differently, and on specific diets some pigs may gain a little faster or a little slower. Weigh your pigs often and know what they’re gaining. Adjust accordingly.
  • Mixing feed with water to make a moist paste will help the pig eat faster.
  • If pigs are slow to adjust and eat High Octane® Powerfill® (very different in taste and texture as compared to pelleted feeds).
  • Energy (calories) fuels growth. The higher the energy content of the diet, the faster the pigs will grow. To reduce growth rate, reduce energy content by adding High Octane® Champion Drive® or High Octane® Fitter 35® supplements to the daily feed.
  • 25 grams per day lysine is the magic number for pigs weighing 200 lbs. or more. If feeding very low daily feeding rates, as long as 25 grams per day is provided to the pig, it should not lose muscle.
  • Feed the pig in two equal meals per day as evenly spaced as possible. Feed at the same times every day. The more consistent, the better.
  • Likewise, exercise will help burn calories intended for growth. Exercise during the coolest part of the morning or evening to help pigs stay on schedule.

Remember that your pig has to look its best in the show ring. Knowing your pig’s weight, taking time to adjust diets as needed, and making sure you’re using a high quality feed program are all essential to finding yourself in front of the backdrop.

In conclusion, Kissimmee Valley Feed has a great selection of Show Feeds to help you raise a champion!

Article Source: Purina Animal Nutrition

Show Pigs Arriving Soon

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

Show Pigs Arriving SoonShow pigs arriving soon at Kissimmee Valley Feed (Main Store Location.) Working on a show pig project? The show pigs arrive on September 22nd at 4:00 pm.  This is your opportunity to hand-pick your piglet. The show pigs arrive on the trailer at 4:00 pm. Make sure you set your alarms to be on time!

Lyons Show Pigs have generously agreed to supply us with a top-quality selection. They are one of the best producers in the industry, we are confident that your blue ribbon winner is on its way! In order to get your name on the list, please fill out the attached form below. Forms are also available at the store. Registration is now opened and closes Friday September 17th. You must reserve your spot before the deadline closes.

This year the total for your show pig is $260. This includes your pig and a first free bag of show pig feed of your choice. You may either pay in full or submit your deposit of $130. The final payment is due on the date when you pick up your piglet. No exceptions. If you have any questions, give us a call at (407) 957-4100.

We look forward to supplying you with the highest quality feed and supplies and supporting each of our customers from start to finish. New to the show ring? Welcome! We can’t wait to see the final outcome in February. Check out our list of products here.

Click here to download the Show Pig Order Form.

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