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Raising Chickens in Portland: Meet the Experts at Fang! Pet & Garden Supply

Raising Chickens in Portland: Meet the Experts at Fang! Pet & Garden Supply

Chickens have been used to eat bugs for farmers for centuries.

And there is nothing more entertaining than watching your chickens scratch and peck! Many say chickens are the gateway bird to other livestock but perhaps you’re just considering a few hens. Whether it’s three hens or ten, look no further!

Chicken expert advice from Fang! Pet & Garden Supply

When it comes to raising chickens, the experts at Fang! Pet & Garden Supply can help with advice ranging from feed to feeders. There are a lot of different breeds and varieties to choose from for your flock and the staff can answer questions about which are best for laying or meat. Chickens are also like potato chips! You’re going to want more as time goes on.

For example, Orpington’s (above) are sturdy birds and productive layers.

Products you must have on your radar when raising chickens

The store carries a variety of feed options from Scratch & Peck. They offer certified organic chicken feed for whichever variety of bird you have – from layers to baby chicks.

There are also different veggies and fruit you can give your birds from your own kitchen! Like watermelon and broccoli.

You can also give your birds herbs! Here’s a list of the herbs they will love. They can be scattered all over the coop and added to nesting boxes.

You’ll need metal tins for feed storage (you don’t want rats eating your feed), oyster shell as a calcium supplement and grit. Chickens don’t have teeth, apparently, they are very rare, so to grind down their food, they use a strong muscular organ called a gizzard. Chickens pick up grit while foraging, which is kept for a while in the gizzard to perform this grinding process.

What about fermenting feed? Here are tips from Scratch and Peck:

There are many benefits and it’s easier than you think. Why Ferment?

  • Make the feed easier for the chickens to digest and it improves the overall bioavailable nutrients.
  • Fermented feed has increased levels of Vitamins B, C, and K
  • It also has increased protein which can help with egg production

Our staff can advise you further on these steps.

Treats! Worms & Bugs

They love bugs! You can help attract bugs into the coop by adding fresh grass clippings and sticks from the yard. Or ask our staff as we sell bugs too (they’re dead).

Chicken Behavior is Fascinating: 

What should you do about the “rooster”?

The rooster’s role is invaluable. They can be mean but they’re simply protecting the ladies. It takes time to build a relationship with your flock but one of the most important things you can do in the beginning is simply watching them and listen to their various noises. You’ll be amazed at how they communicate with each other and over time you will appreciate how the rooster tells them if he found a yummy bug or to run into the coop – “there is potential danger outside!” – a hawk perhaps! Of course, roosters are not allowed in all counties so check the rules first! You don’t need a rooster for your hens to lay eggs!

At the end of the day, raising chickens is work but they’re smart and the eggs are delicious. They can even be clicker trained if that sounds like fun and you’re a behavior junkie like all of us.

At the store, please ask our staff about raising chickens if you have any questions about what you should feed or perhaps you’re just doing some research. And then head over to the garden center so you can choose some herbs that your chickens will love! Grow some calendula or lavender in your garden and feed it to the hens!

Gardening Expert Advice: 8 Weeds With Benefits

Gardening Expert Advice: 8 Weeds With Benefits

Weeds are great when they’re planted in the right place. When we typically talk about weeds we talk about “invasive plants” and we thought we should flip the coin and look at the many benefits instead!

Everything you read talks about how to prevent weeds from spreading by mowing or trampling before the seeds form. But did you know they actually help the soil?

This post is a Q&A with one of our experts and nursery department head. if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to stop in and ask our staff about the weeds you can eat!

A Q&A with Granville Goff, Nursery Department Head, Fang! Pet & Garden Supply.

Q 1. How do weeds repair the soil – generally speaking? What do weeds do that’s good?

A 1.  “Weeds” add biomass to the soil and as they die they help create topsoil and available nutrients for other plants not to mention feeding the microorganisms present in the soil. Additionally, they help with moisture retention which keeps the soil alive and provides habitat for beneficial and nonbeneficial insects which encourages birds. Plant-like Comfrey drive down deep taproots that mine minerals and other nutrients thus reinvigorating the nutrient cycle.

Q2. Which of these have culinary potential and can be used in everyday meals? Like Dandelions?

A 2.  Dandelion (root, leaves, flowers), Burdock (roots, stems), Lemon Balm (all aerial growth), Miners Lettuce (shoots, flowers), Chickweed (all aerial growth) can all be used in daily cuisine.

Q 3. Do they really fix nutritional balances in the lawn?

A 3.  Refer to answer for number one! Additionally, Poly-culture, as opposed to monoculture (i.e. lawn), has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt to be more ecologically sound and beneficial for soil health and pest management than any other “method” of cultivation. Let nature lead the way.

Q 4. When removing these weeds – is there a “best practice” or method that should be used?

A 4.  If you are removing non-native, invasive imports from your landscape, garden, or natural area a couple of things to keep in mind: “Weeds” as we term them are very advantageous plants that are more than adept at adapting to changes and capitalizing on beneficial conditions including your removal of them. If a weed has gone to seed, be sure, it will be back- bend stalks into a paper bag before lopping off, to minimize spread, you can burn them later. When digging up a weed, remember that many have deep taproots and if you don’t get the whole thing it will grow back, also bear in mind that when you disturb the soil, other seeds that have been dormant will gain a foothold in the “limelight” and you may see new visitors that were previously unknown to you. BEST PRACTICE: suppression= sod flip, sheet mulch with cardboard or other biodegradable light blockers, cover with bark mulch and straw, in this way you rob the unwanted plants of light and begin building a healthy topsoil layer for yourself.

Q 5. Why do dogs seek out Cleavers? And what’s the benefit of the sticky/velcro leaves?

A 5. Cleavers are one of my all-time favorites. They are very advantageous, have medicinal uses, and are actually very easy to remove once you get unstuck from them, of course. They are a close relative of our native Sweet Woodruff also. The hairs on Cleavers allow them to climb to light they require to spread, also since their structure is very fragile it allows them to hitch a ride on passersby and take root some distance away thus spreading its territory. Dogs are likely eating it for the same reasons humans tincture it. It is noted as a blood builder/cleanser, lymph mover, diuretic, coagulant, and anti-inflammatory, basically a great spring tonic to help clean you out and detox your system. Spring is its prime season and this is a good time to flush the system and our canine friends are innately aware of this.

8 Weeds with Benefits

CLEAVERS:

The info above in number 5. Can be found in tincture and tea blends.

The Cleavers

PLANTAIN:

Found growing just about everywhere. Broad and Spear leaf varieties abound in lawns, city parks, forest roads, etc. This is not the banana cousin that goes by the same name. Plantain is an antiseptic, astringent, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, nutritive, making it one of the best wound healing herbs out there. Effective when used on insect stings, bites, cuts, scrapes, and even eczema. Fresh leaf is best.

DANDELION:

Leaves, flowers, root used. One of the more popular weeds that people will eat and uses as an herbal remedy. Great for detoxing and supporting the liver, however, has some contraindications when used in conjunction with blood-thinners due to its anticoagulant properties. Also useful in helping treat kidney and urinary ailments including infections, due to the magnesium and zinc content it is good for promoting clear skin, can help maintain proper blood sugar. Roasted root is a great coffee substitute.

COMFREY:

Leaves and Root used. Demulcent, expectorant, mucilaginous: lung support, wound healing, intestinal support

Comfrey

LEMON BALM: 

Attracts bees in the garden. Leaves, flowers, and stems used. Carminative, diaphoretic and febrifuge, antibacterial (internal and external), antiviral. Good for heart and liver, mood improvement.

lemon balm

CHICKWEED:

Postpartum depurative, emmenagogue, galactagogue and circulatory tonic. Helps regulate blood flow generally and specifically in relation to menstruation, increases breast milk production, also help with itchy skin.

MINER’S LETTUCE:

Use as a salad green. Miner’s lettuce is pleasingly crunchy, mild-tasting has large leaves, remains tender even when in flower, and is so loaded with vitamins it will cure scurvy. According to a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 100 grams of miner’s lettuce — about the size of a decent salad — contains a third of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, 22 percent of the Vitamin A, and 10 percent of the iron.

BURDOCK:

Roots and stalks, young growth is tender and easier to eat and prepare. Keep moist if cooking. Aids in digestion, detoxifying the liver and balancing hormones. It is also good for improving skin quality, reducing inflammation, and lowering blood pressure. Similar to Dandelion Root. Can be found fresh in some health food grocery stores, as a tincture, and dried herb.

Burdock

I bet you didn’t know this about weeds! Perhaps you’re a chef or you simply didn’t know what to do with your dandelions – but consider serving them up in a meal instead of weeding and throwing them into the compost pile this weekend.

Tick Season is Upon Us in the Pacific Northwest: How To Get Rid of Ticks

Tick Season is Upon Us in the Pacific Northwest: How To Get Rid of Ticks

Illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites are on the rise in the United States, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

And Lyme disease is the most frequent tick-borne infection in America. Over 300,000 cases of Lyme Disease are estimated to occur in the United States each year. The ticks that transmit Lyme Disease are very small (as small as poppy seeds). So how to get rid of ticks and what diseases do they carry? What are some prevention techniques?

What about in Oregon – how do we protect our dogs?

According to the Oregon Vet Medical Association, “The Companion Animal Parasite Council’s interactive map shows Lyme disease activity in each Oregon county. Woods that host the Western black-legged tick are where the majority of cases occur. In 2016, 103 cases of Lyme disease were reported in Oregon dogs. Most cases occur in the summer months.”

So Lyme Disease for those unfamiliar with this infection is something that should be on your radar this summer if you plan to hike with your dogs in Oregon or Washington. And is your dog on a flea and tick medication?

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is a tick-borne disease affecting both dogs and humans. Named after Lyme, Connecticut, where the disease was reported in epidemic proportions in the mid-1970s, the disease was first discovered in the United States in humans in 1975 and in dogs in 1984.

An infected tick must be attached to the host for more than 24 hours to spread Lyme disease.

Symptoms:

A small, dark bump in a pet’s coat or skin may be a tick. If a tick latches on, your dog may experience the following:

  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Reduced energy
  • Lameness (can be shifting, intermittent, and recurring)
  • Generalized stiffness, discomfort, or pain
  • Swelling of joints

So how can you prevent Lyme Disease?

And how should you protect your pets?

  1. Create a tick-free habitat in your yard and eliminate rodents like mice. Forty to ninety percent of white-footed mice carry Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochete bacterium that causes Lyme disease.
  2. Enjoy the outdoors safely – stay away from tall grass and brush as that’s where the ticks are! They cannot fly but they crawl to the top of tall blades of grass and wait.
  3. Make sure your pets are protected – there are a variety of products -tick repellents are very important.

How to get rid of ticks? Tick prevention products we carry:

Mad About Organics:

Check out their Organic Flea and Tick Wipe-on Defense Formulated for Dogs

Wondercide: 
They have a natural tick and flea control for pets as well – you can find this at the store!
Earth Animal:
This brand has an all natural flea and tick collar that we sell.

  1. Perform tick checks after coming in from the outdoors. Do tick inspections. Look in your dog’s armpits and ears as they like to latch on in fleshy areas.
  2. Know how to remove ticks. According to the OVMA:
  • Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
  • Pull upward with steady, even pressure to ease out the entire tick including the tick’s mouthparts. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin.
  • Be sure to wash the bite area and your hands.
  • Please seek the advice of your veterinarian if you were unsuccessful in removing the entire tick.

Remove a tick in the first 24 hours and save the tick so your veterinarian can identify it as this will help with the diagnosis.

Prevention is best done with tick preparations available at one of our three stores. Speak to one of our staff to find the best, most appropriate product for your dog. We are happy to help!

The information provided in this article on how to get rid of ticks is not a substitute for professional veterinary help. 

Resources: 

 

May Customer of the Month: Meet Shasta

May Customer of the Month: Meet Shasta

Meet Shasta – our May Customer of the Month! Fang! nominated Shasta because she has a sweet spirit and soulful eyes… We nominated her for our May spotlight because everyone would feel that joy.

Enjoy this brief interview with Shasta’s pet parents! What a cutie and 14!

Customer Spotlight

  1. What is your name? Lisa Serrano
  2. What is the name of your pet? Shasta
  3. What breed is your pet? Shepherd mix
  4. How old is your pet? 14 years old
  5. What do they do that makes you laugh? Greets everyone! Scavenges.
  6. What is their favorite treat? Favorite pastime? Yak Chew. Eating treats out of toys!
  7. What activity do you enjoy the most with your pet? Massage!
  8. What silly name do you call your pet when no one is around? Bug-a-Boo
  9. What has your pet taught you? Patience
  10. Where does your pet sleep? On or next to the bed
  11. Lastly, what is most precious about your relationship? First dog. 14 years of lots of life and transitions together.

Santa and Shasta!

Our 2018 calendar

Any pets featured as a Customer of the Month will be automatically added to a new calendar we’re debuting THIS year. If you would like to be featured, any of the staff at Fang! Pet & Garden Supply can connect you with the form to fill out or please email our store manager at info@fangpetgardensupply.com.

Arbor Day Raffle for Oregon’s Wildlands

Arbor Day Raffle for Oregon’s Wildlands

In celebration of Arbor Day this month, Fang! will be selling raffle tickets from March 26th until April 26th to benefit Oregon Wild and the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. In light of the recent wildfires in the Columbia Gorge, we wanted to recognize our wildlife and the wilderness as this beauty and solitude is what makes where we live so special. And those that work so fiercely to protect it. Keeping our lands pristine is the highest priority.

Oregon Wild was founded in 1974, and has been instrumental in securing permanent legislative protection for some of Oregon’s most precious landscapes, including nearly 1.7 million acres of Wilderness, 95,000 acres of forests in Bull Run/Little Sandy watersheds (to safeguard the quality of Portland’s water supply) and almost 1,800 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers.

In addition to Oregon Wild, the Wildland Firefighter Foundation will benefit from the event. Wildland Firefighter Foundation’s main focus is to help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families. The Foundation came together as a group of volunteers in 1994, shortly after the Storm King tragedy.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors and their donations!  

Kadsura j. “Chirifu”

 

fessler arborday

Garden & Bloom organic raised bed starter kit

We can answer any questions you have about products found in our garden center. Come celebrate Arbor Day with us! And if you’re interested, here’s a little history about this special day too:

So, What is Arbor Day?  

Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care.

When Is Arbor Day?

For many years, Arbor Day was celebrated on April 22, J. Sterling Morton’s birthday. Today, National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April. All fifty states, Puerto Rico, and some U.S. territories have passed legislation adopting Arbor Day, which is celebrated on a date appropriate for tree planting in their region. Visit arborday.org to learn when Arbor Day is celebrated in your state

More about the Raffle:

Fang! will be selling raffle tickets from March 26th until April 26th to benefit Oregon Wild and the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

Cost: Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.

Prizes: Mounted houseplants, trees, shrubs, soil, gift certificates and more! Winners will be announced on Arbor Day, April 27th.

Who Benefits: Oregon has seen a devastating number of wildfires this year. Oregon Wild works to protect and restore Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife and waters as an enduring legacy for all Oregonians. Wildland Firefighter Foundation‘s main focus is to help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families.

Our sponsors!

We would like to thank the Plant Kindness Project, Youngblood Nursery Inc. Rare Plants, Exceptional Service., Fessler Nursery and Kellogg Garden for their generous donations and participation in this event.

Juniper con. ‘Blue pacific’

April Customer of the Month: Meet Bear

April Customer of the Month: Meet Bear

Meet Bear – our adorable April Customer of the Month! We’re so happy Bear is a customer. Fang! nominated Bear because she is the bees knees and her sweet puppy face needs to be famous!

Enjoy this brief interview with Bear’s pet parents! What a cutie!

Customer Spotlight

  1. What is your name? Skelding Family
  2. What is the name of your pet? Bear
  3. What breed is your pet? Part St. Bernard/part Border Collie
  4. How old is your pet? 9 weeks
  5. What do they do that makes you laugh? Runs crazy around the house
  6. What is their favorite treat? Favorite pastime? Rawhide Chews. 
  7. What activity do you enjoy the most with your pet? We just adopted her so taking her to meet friends and family is super fun. Puppy!
  8. What silly name do you call your pet when no one is around? “Hey Koolaid”
  9. What has your pet taught you? Patience. So. Much. Patience.
  10. Where does your pet sleep? Living room on a baby bed
  11. Lastly, what is most precious about your relationship? She’s always happy. Me too!

Our 2018 calendar

Any pets featured as a Customer of the Month will be automatically added to a new calendar we’re debuting THIS year. If you would like to be featured, any of the staff at Fang! Pet & Garden Supply can connect you with the form to fill out or please email our store manager at info@fangpetgardensupply.com.

7 Plants That Are Poisonous To Pets

7 Plants That Are Poisonous To Pets

Spring showers make spring flowers! But be mindful of the top plants that are toxic to pets!

Dogs dig under all plants so many of the flowers in your yard may be an issue. You may not even realize it!

You can ask our staff more about each of the below if these are your fave but it’s risky and potentially dangerous if your animals nibble on these.

According to the ASPCA, the list is long – so please visit their site for the complete list (more than 700 plants). Here are the more common plants found that pet parents should be careful around when they have their animals with them:

  • Amaryllis

amaryllis

Vomiting (not horses), depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, anorexia, tremors.

  • Apricot – scary pits for dogs to choke on

Stems, leaves, seeds contain cyanide, particularly toxic in the process of wilting: brick red mucous membranes, dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, panting, shock.

  • Alocasia (or Elephant’s Ear)

Oral irritation, pain and swelling of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting (not horses), difficulty swallowing.

  • Sago Palm

Vomiting, melena, icterus, increased thirst, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, bruising, coagulopathy, liver damage, liver failure, death.

  • Azalea

Vomiting (not in horses), diarrhea, weakness, cardiac failure. 

  • Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane)

Oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of mouth , tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing.

  • Lily of the Valley

Vomiting, irregular heart beat, low blood pressure, disorientation, coma, seizures.

The ASPCA is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.

Resources: Always have the ASPCA’s site saved and bookmarked.

 

MARCH CUSTOMER OF THE MONTH: MEET PUPPY, BOWIE

MARCH CUSTOMER OF THE MONTH: MEET PUPPY, BOWIE

Meet Bowie – our March Customer of the Month!

We love Bowie! Why was Bowie nominated for March?  “It’s so much fun to see how much he’s grown since the first time he visited us at Fang! He had to be a Spotlight because he stole our hearts,” according to Fang and Feather’s owner, Nancy Fedelem. We asked Anna (pet parent) to tell us a little about Bowie.

Customer Spotlight

  1. What is your name? Bowie
  2. What is the name of your pet? Anna Heston
  3. What breed is your pet? Boston Terrier
  4. How old is your pet? 4 months
  5. What do they do that makes you laugh? He snores like a pig
  6. What is their favorite treat?  Beef Trachea 
  7. What activity do you enjoy the most with your pet? Playing with Bowie
  8. What silly name do you call your pet when no one is around? Bo Bo
  9. What has your pet taught you? That dogs are babies
  10. Where does your pet sleep? Pup bed in living room, cuz he snores
  11. Lastly, what is most precious about your relationship? That I’m a dog mom too

Our 2018 calendar

Any pets featured as a Customer of the Month will be automatically added to a new calendar we’re debuting THIS year. If you would like to be featured, any of the staff at Fang & Feather can connect you with the form to fill out or please email our store manager at info@fangandfeatherpdx.com. 

Fang & Feather Re-Brands Logo, Name and Website to Fang! Pet & Garden Supply

Fang & Feather Re-Brands Logo, Name and Website to Fang! Pet & Garden Supply

Fang & Feather opened its doors in 2012 in the growing Kenton neighborhood where owners could walk from their houses or apartments to find a friendly store stocked with a wide variety of affordable supplies, including food, toys, and accessories for cats, dogs, birds, bunnies and other small animals.

Six years later in our new home on Lombard, we are re-branding with a refreshed logo and name. “Fang! Pet & Garden Supply better reflects who we are as a company after expanding over the last year. Fang! Is what people know us as and Pet & Garden Supply is what we have to offer our awesome customers. We have spent a lot of time growing the products that we offer as a full line pet supply store. At the same time, we have been building our garden center that carries houseplants year-round and also have a seasonal outdoor garden center that carries a full line of outdoor plants for every aspect of your plant-loving person needs,” explains owner, Nancy Fedelem.

Fang! Pet & Garden Supply: Why We’re Re-branding

The personal service and attention that the store’s team gives their customers will not change! It now includes a unique skill set that focuses on the garden center.

 This Q&A with Nancy will answer a few questions about the new look and feel.

Q1. How will Fang Pet & Garden Supply be different than Fang & Feather?

A1. New website www.FangPetGardenSupply.com launches on March 19.

You’ll see new and better signage both inside and outside the store. We will have a new neon sign on the front of the building so it’s easier to see the store as you are driving. We will also have a sign on the west side of the building for better visibility.

Things that won’t change! Our great customer service! Our great products! And our store hours.

Q2. Is the entire staff well versed in gardening or are there specific team members the community should rely on?

A2. We have a dedicated staff for our seasonal outdoor garden center that can answer all your gardening and plant questions. Inside the store, our staff will be able to answer basic questions and help you with all your houseplant needs along with all your pet supply needs.

Q3. What are you most excited about?

A3. I’m excited about our new logo, it’s a nice fresh look at who we are as a company. It has a nostalgic feel to our old logo with the circular design element and large capital “F” but at the same time, the new fresh font makes the design more energic to reflect the recent changes that Fang! has seen as we have added new products and departments to our store.

The Site informational portal that helps our customers know what kind of products we carry and what you can expect when you visit us at the shop. We also have a new blog that offers some wonderful articles about all things dog, cat, small animals, and plant. And every month we highlight our favorite customers in a “customer spotlight” and I always look forward to learning more about our customers and seeing all their cute pictures.

Q4. Will you introduce any new product lines with the launch?

A4. We are always adding new products on a weekly basis to the shop, however, the re-branding is happening at a very important part of the year as we get ready to open our season garden center on March 31.  What better time to drop the word “feather” and add “Pet & Garden Supply.”

 

Meet Frances: February’s Customer of the Month

Meet Frances: February’s Customer of the Month

Meet Frances – our February Customer of the Month! Our owner, Nancy, nominated Frances because “she stole my heart the first time she was in the store”. We asked Bonnie and Casey to tell us a little about Frances. Enjoy this brief interview! Those ears go on forever!

Customer Spotlight

  1. What is your name? Bonnie and Casey Holdahl
  2. What is the name of your pet? Frances
  3. What breed is your pet? Basset Hound
  4. How old is your pet? 8 months 
  5. What do they do that makes you laugh? She barks at me when she’s raking. She stretches out as long as she can make herself.
  6. What is their favorite treat? Favorite pastime? Bully sticks, chasing other dogs at the park
  7. What activity do you enjoy the most with your pet? Going to Kenton Park
  8. What silly name do you call your pet when no one is around? Bubs, Battlebot
  9. What has your pet taught you? To play hard, plus you can buy another soaker hose!
  10. Where does your pet sleep? On the bed
  11. Lastly, what is most precious about your relationship? She’s part of the family, plus she’s part of the community

Our 2018 calendar

Any pets featured as a Customer of the Month will be automatically added to a new calendar we’re debuting THIS year. If you would like to be featured, any of the staff at Fang can connect you with the form to fill out or please email our store manager at info@fangpetgardensupply.com. 

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