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Chicken DIY Projects: Fermenting Chicken Feed

Chicken DIY Projects: Fermenting Chicken Feed

Why Do People Ferment Chicken Feed?

My hens and rooster love their feed. When the chicks were introduced to the grown-up chickens about six weeks ago, we changed from layer feed to Scratch and Peck’s organic starter feed since the chicks needed to stay on that until about eight weeks. That’s when we’ll put them on grower feed. As I’ve mentioned previously, we always have out a bowl of oyster shell and grit as supplements. But recently I also learned about fermenting chicken feed and now we’re doing this for the ladies! Many farmers do this as part of their daily routine so there is no reason a chicken keeper with a small flock cannot do this!

And at Fang! Pet and Garden Supply we sell all the Scratch and Peck Organic Livestock Feeds. We also talk about fermenting feed with our customers frequently. All Scratch and Peck feed can be fermented – with that in mind, all chicken feeds (except pellet feeds) can be fermented. This post shows their layer feed fermented in the pics below.

This is SO EASY. We decided to use a fermenting kit provided by Scratch and Kit. As a newbie fermenter, it has all the elements needed which made me less nervous. Note for everyone: sprouting is not fermenting. You can sprout whole grains but this post is about fermenting feed. I didn’t know the difference and I actually started “fermenting” grains and then had to start over again. Oops!

Note that these are grains! And you want to ferment feed. Oops!

THIS is the kit showing feed that can and should be fermented.

Day 4: Ready for the ladies

Why Ferment?

Fermenting chicken feed make nutrients more readily available in, feed requirements lessen, and there is also less waste since the chickens love it.

The nutritional benefits of fermenting chicken feed are great:

  • It increases beneficial bacteria in their guts
  • It also decreases pathogens in your hens’ digestive systems
  • Makes protein more available
  • Requires less feed per serving (one of my fave reasons)
  • Decreases coop odor (yes!)
  • Increases water intake as water is consumed with the feed
  • Improves digestibility of feed and nutrient absorption

Ok, How Do you Ferment Chicken Feed?

(I’ve included the daily steps below)

First, you submerge the feed under water for 24-48 hours. This can be done in a bucket. Expert Maat Van Uitert wrote a great book, “Naturally Raising A Sustainable Flock” which is my go-to guide for chicken advice.

There is a section on fermenting chicken feed that talks a little about the process. “It’s very, very important to make sure the feed remains under water, which creates the environment that allows the good bacteria to grow,” explains Maat. She likes to leave an inch or two of water above the feed as it ferments.

Note: If it looks moldy at all toss it. But it should smell like sourdough bread! By day two my mason jar absolutely smelled this way and I knew we were getting close (see below).

These easy steps are from Scratch and Peck and please don’t hesitate to ask any of our staff at Fang! if you have questions about how this works:

Day One Steps:

Place feed in a clean container (see my mason jar in the pics) with a loose-fitting lid. The size of the container will depend on the size of your flock. For a flock of just a few birds, a 32 oz mason jar will suffice. A 5-gallon bucket works for larger flocks. Start small, though, and work your way up if needed.. Leave room in the container for the fermented chicken feed to expand. Pour non-chlorinated water over the feed and mix. (we have a well so our water doesn’t have chlorine in it but if your water does follow these tips).

I tried two parts water to one part feed. And just like Maat says in her book – make sure the water is covering the feed completely. Let sit at room temperature at least a day. And stir it once a day. Bubbles will start to form when the ferment is ready and there will be a slightly sour smell. Pea soup is the consistency you’re looking for.

Day Two Steps: 

You can see that it’s starting to bubble on day two. Keep watching as this process can take up to 4 days depending on the temperature.

Day Three Steps:

How does it smell? Make sure to mix it once more on day three. Do you have mash that’s ready to feed your hens?

Day Four:

We’re eating! *note that the mash should be slightly wet and not soupy, so I drained some of the liquid when mixing a new batch! Remember – pea soup!

Fermenting chicken feed was an entirely new concept to me. But the yellow chicken approves. If you have questions, come visit us at Fang! And we can help you!

Medicinal Herb Plants for Sale – Meet our Grower

Medicinal Herb Plants for Sale – Meet our Grower

Dawn is one of our botanical partners and Maple Twig Medicinals provides medicinal herb plants for sale including home-grown seedlings and botanicals in Portland. They also have an Etsy store that sells custom tinctures. We know them best for their wide variety of medicinal herb plants for sale that are available to our customers. We sell several of their starts including Elecampane, Valerian, Sweet Woodruff, Spilanthes, Tulsi Basil, and Marshmallow currently.

Maple Twig is more than a grower of accessible, medicinal starts. Dawn also offers garden consultations, herbal consultations and peer wellness support, educational workshops and, a lineup of wildcrafted herbal tinctures, and salves.

“Providing food and medicine for my community and supporting others in their own self-determination is what it’s all about. Anyone can grow herbs!  Many are very easy to take care of and are perennial, requiring a lot less water after getting established,” explains Dawn in this brief conversation.

Have you heard of nettles and elderflowers? Curious about why they’re so special?

Dawn has a fascinating background and we take a look at some of these plants that anyone can grow.  More in the below Q&A:

Maple Twig Medicinals:

1.- What inspired you to start growing medicinal plant starts, and why the Maple Twig name?

1A. I have a background in farming and am inspired to grow medicinal herbs because I see community members empowered to connect to their health and have a reciprocal relationship with plants.  Maple Twig is the translation of my mom’s family name, Lonnqvist.  I grew up producing honey and harvesting raspberries with my mormor and morfar, (maternal and paternal grandparents) and believe that everyone has the right to access the plants their ancestors have used.

2. Acknowledging that plant medicine is a storied culture that reaches back to our early years as humans, what do you feel is most important about it in the context of our modern lives?

2A. There are so many ways that society disconnects us from each other and the living world.  Power dynamics promote doctors and professionals to be the experts on our health.  While modern medicine has a great role to play in community well-being,  connecting to plants that have been used for ages puts some of that power back into the hands of the people.

3. I have several plant allies that I keep in constant “conversation” with, as I am sure you do as well. Would you mind sharing a little about some of your “go-to” herbal friends?

3A. It’s really hard for me to hone in on just a few, but I love elderflower and berries building immunity, along with working through grief and connecting to the underworld.  I also love nettles!  Soups, tea, stocks, sautéed… it is a great plant to grow yourself because out in the wild it is over-harvested and grows prolifically in polluted areas where it takes up heavy metals.  Nettle provides a lot of good minerals but only if grown in good soil!

4. Many people may approach the cultivation and use of medicinal herbs with trepidation, either because they are unsure about invasive qualities and what that means for their gardens, or because they are unsure of efficacy and safety for use. Does someone need to be an herbalist/naturopath to use medicinal plants and what do they need to know about welcoming them into their garden landscape?

A4. Anyone can grow herbs!  Many are very easy to take care of and are perennial, requiring a lot less water after getting established.  I can totally see why the diversity of medicinal herbs can be overwhelming, but I would say if you have interest give it a  shot!  If you are worried about a plant spreading further than you would like, try a big pot!  You can always transplant into the soil in the spring or fall if you find it will be  manageable.  Start slow and grow plants you truly want to use and have a purpose for!

5. I really appreciate your mission to keep plant medicine alive and attainable at all levels of the socio-economic spectrum; can you tell us how you’ve arrived at a system that makes this possible?

A5. Right now, this is obtainable through working a full-time job in a psychiatric ER (haha).

Besides that, my medicinal herb plants for sale are at fixed prices to community nurseries, so they don’t bump the prices to fit a more boutique price point.  I greatly value trades, sliding scale for Black Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), accessible educational events, and donating plants and products to BIPOC groups as reparations.  I keep my costs really low, mixing my own soil, using recycled pots and building materials, and am all about finding great deals on Craigslist, NextDoor, Buy Nothing, and such.  I was recently was awarded the Mercy Corps IDA, which will help me to grow my business while still being accessible and community-focused.

6. What Medicinal Herb book do you make the most use of, currently?

6A. “I love Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification” is a book by Thomas J. Elpel.

It is written by an herbalist and helps with noticing patterns in both medicinal applications and in growing and identifying herbs.

7. Where can others find out more about you and any education or volunteer opportunities that become available?

7A. My website is mapletwigmedicinals.com, you can email me at mapletwigmedicinals@gmail.com to be added to my listserv, I’m on Instragram @mapletwigmedicinals and Maple Twig Medicinals on Facebook.

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8. Can we also send out a quick shout out to all the independent garden centers that you work with apart from Fang! Pet & Garden Supply where you have medicinal herb plants for sale? We like to support our friends and neighbors in the plant industry.

8A. I’m sad to say that City Farm was the main nursery I sold to, which is closing and a huge loss for North Portland and St Johns in particular.  I also sell to Thicket on 23rd and Alberta.  I would love to hear from folks about places they would like to see my plants and medicinal products!

So if you’ve enjoyed learning more about Dawn, we encourage you to reach out about upcoming workshops or check out their Etsy store where you can find these tinctures. The book referred to above is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in medicinal plants and herbs! Or if you are looking for additional information on medicinal herb plants for sale, our staff can answer anything about the plant starts that we sell!

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. 

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