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The backyard poultry movement is gaining ground!  While those in some communities register a double take (or glare in disdain) at backyard hens; let’s own up to it, not too long ago, every thrifty house wife had a hen (or 6) in the backyard.  Who doesn’t like the thought of producing at least a portion of our own food?  Backyard biddies have gone from bumpkin to stylish vogue in recent years.

So, we say, “Bring on the Clucks!”

HOLD ON!   Before you let visions of Omelettes and Frittatas dance in your head: backyard poultry is a serious venture. We are caring for live creatures after all, and while they may be egg laying machines, some care and attention is needed.

First off, what are the regulations in the area you live?   Are chickens allowed?  Are there “NO ROOSTER” ordinances? (we’re not kidding) While you may enjoy Foghorn Leghorn’s alarm clock each morning…your neighbors may not!  Check these things out, it will save you time, money,  and headaches later on. As far as the rooster goes…(psssst, we have a secret)…hens don’t need a rooster to lay eggs…honest.

So once zoning and the neighbors are on board ( it’s amazing how many neighbors can be bought with   peace-offerings of nest-fresh hen fruit), let’s think housing.  It need not be fancy! The main objective is to protect against wind, rain and extreme temperatures.  Egg laying houses do not have to be elaborate and many designs can be found. Whatever style you decide upon, provide enough space for the number of chickens it will hold, figuring approx. 4 sq ft. per bird. Also, don’t forget an adequate number of nesting boxes ( 1 per every 3 birds) and roosting perches (old broom handles work great!).

Line the laying house floor with several inches of wood shavings and keep it dry and loose. Replenish with fresh litter regularly.

Once the housing has been secured and the hens are on their way…Barred Rocks and Orpingtons, and Leghorns…oh my!

What are they going to eat…and drink???

At Martin’s we’re here to help and offer you the peace of mind of properly balanced conventional and NON GMO poultry feeds.

Optimal growth and performance depend on quality and balanced nutrition, it supplies all of the nutrients chickens need to grow and thrive and LAY EGGS!

Chickens need carbohydrates for energy, protein for amino acids and fats to supply energy. Vitamins and minerals also contribute to good health.

Store feed away from moisture and direct sunlight. Humidity is the nemesis of bagged feed! Immediately remove stale, rancid or moldy food from feeders and feed storage area.  Fresh feed and water = FRESH EGGS!

And while we’re on the H2O subject:

More than anything else, chickens consume water. How much water a chicken drinks equates to how much feed is eaten. When not enough water is available, chickens stop eating. A lack of water negatively impacts egg production and growth.

Chicken feeders and drinkers come in different sizes and styles. Protect them from moisture, wild animals and free flying birds by keeping them in the chicken house.

We also have some of the neatest poultry products in stock!  Poultry water nipples.  Turns any plastic 5 gallon  bucket into a great poultry waterer! Drill a couple holes with a 3/8″ drill bit and voila – a handy dandy  gravity-fed poultry watering system.  No fuss and no mess.

Ultimately, enjoy your backyard chicken project!  There will be some blood, sweat and tears but it is a more rewarding experience than you will ever expect!  There is nothing like a fresh egg, knowing that in your backyard you and Martin’s raised it together.

As always, “We look forward to serving you!”

What Does It All Mean?

It’s the time of year that most of us are suffering from severe cases of cabin and Spring fever.  We’re ready to dig our fingers (and toes!) into the garden soil and grass. We’re dreaming of perfectly green -golf course type lawns and overflowing gardens.  When Spring is here, inevitably, the questions arise…What fertilizer should I use?  What do all these numbers mean?…All these letters… NPK and PH, Why are they important?…I don’t understand it!

WAIT!!

Before you just throw on any old fertilizer in despair, Martin’s is here to help! Fertilizer matters!

First off, all fertilizers have 3 bold numbers. The first number is the amount of Nitrogen (N), the next number is the amount of Phosphorus (P) and the third number is the amount of Potassium/Potash (K).

Example: A bag of Martin’s 10-10-10 Vegetable Grower is 10% Nitrogen (N), 10% Phosphorus (P), and 10% Potash or Potassium (K).

What is so special about N, P, and K?  They are known as “Primary Nutrients” and are essential to plant health. So, more is better…right?  Not necessarily.  Different plants require different nutrients.

That is where a soil test comes into the equation. Whether planting lawn or garden it is important to know what level your soil nutrients are at.  That way you know how best to feed the crop you are intending to grow. Also, a soil test will determine the soil PH.  PH is the acidity or alkalinity of your soil. Imbalanced PH also affects plant growth.  Too high or too low can hinder the absorption of certain soil nutrients, resulting in plants that will not properly grow! So you could be adding fertilizer to no avail!!

All of this sound confusing?  Don’t worry!  We’re here to help! We’re armed with knowledge and experience to help you achieve the best looking lawn or garden you’ve ever had!

Livin’ on the “Wild Side”

Most of us enjoy watching wildlife in the backyard.  Let’s face it, it’s good-clean-educational entertainment for the whole family!  You’ve asked for it and we are here to serve!


Wildlife Corn with Molasses –   $7.00 per bag                                                                                                                              A blend of shelled corn and molasses to be used to supplement the natural diet of wildlife to provide additional energy for growth and development.      Great for deer…turkeys…squirrels…all those critters you enjoy watching in the backyard!

 

Martin’s Deer Grain Mix –  $8.50 per bag                                                                                                  A great mixture of Whole Roasted Soybeans, Flaked Barley, Wheat, Corn, Minerals, Salt and Molasses. At 14% protein and 5% fat it’s designed to give you more Bang for your Buck!

 

 

***NOTE*** As with all wildlife ventures, it is best to check with your local State Wildlife Agency.  Some states have laws that make it illegal to feed wild deer and/or to use feed products to bait deer for hunting purposes. If using these products for any purpose other than the feeding of commercially grown deer in confinement, check with the appropriate state wildlife conservation authorities to verify feeding is legal.

 

 

Want your backyard to look like this?  Martin’s Wildlife Corn with Molasses is the ticket!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customer Appreciation Week

Good Morning All

Just a reminder that this is Customer Appreciation Week. February 20-24

Most in-store and on-yard items (excludes feeds and select items)  10% OFF  CASH-N-CARRY or

8% OFF CHARGE

Stop by and take advantage on some great savings!

Enjoy this beautiful day!

 

Spread the Word! Kid’s Muck Boots are ON SALE!

Spread the word, kid’s Muck Boots are on SALE.    muck-5

From December 5  to December 29,  2016

Up to 10% OFF on Kid’s Black, Brown and Mossy Oak Camo  Muck Boots.

That perfect Christmas gift and just in time for the cold winter weather.

PLUS

Our STORE-WIDE SALE (with a few exceptions) with 8% – 10% savings is                                  December 27,28, and 29, 2016. A great time to take advantage of savings on hardware, boots, gloves, pet food, wild bird supplies and other home and garden items. We do our best to offer top quality products, take the opportunity to stop by and check them out.

Enjoy this beautiful day!

Summer is on the way!

Good beautiful day to everyone!

Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come.   Thomas Carlysle

Yes, summer does come.  With it comes various duties and responsibilities around the farm, home and garden.


SAVE THE SPUDS!

The 4H and Ag. Extension sirens are sounding!!  EARLY BLIGHT has been spotted!  Many home gardeners and producers in the tri-state area are  already seeing the results in their potato patches.  Have you noticed plants with brown spotted and curling leaves? Maybe the plants are already dying?  Early blight is probably the culprit.  We’re not necessarily talking  1840’s Irish Potato Famine proportions but, if left uncontrolled your entire potato and tomato (!) crop could be history.   Stop early blight in its  Alternaria solani  tracks with Daconil (Chlorothalonil) a fungicide concentrate offering 3-way control: Controls, Stops and Prevents over 75 different diseases on flowers, vegetables, shrubs, fruit and shade trees.

And, while we’re in the potato patch:  Having issues with Colorado Potato Beetles?   Nuprid 2SC  The go to soil and foliar insecticide.  Soil 11101518application yields season long control of potato beetles and other pests. Missed using Nuprid when you planted the potatoes? No sweat! Simply mix up a batch of Nuprid and spray the potato plants. Bye-bye beetles. Plus, it’s great on virtually all the other vegetable plants in the garden too! Get control of Aphids, Flea Beetles, Leafhoppers, Whiteflies, Thrips, Wireworms and more!


NEW PRODUCTS

  • Martin’s NON GMO Hog Meal (50 lb. bag) – $8.00                                                                              A unique 12% protein coarse ground mash-type blend of NON GMO and NON SOY grains and minerals designed to meet the needs of the NON GMO and pasture based farmer/grower.
  • Martin’s Stock Pellet (50 lb. bag) – $6.75                                                                                                A 12% stock pellet designed as a maintenance feed for cattle, sheep, and goats.

Did you know?

A mature layer hen will drink approximately 1/2 liter of water each day in mild weather and up to 1 liter of water in warmer weather?  Continuous fresh water is  essential to layer hen egg production! Make sure to keep the poultry waterers full. Help your hens to beat the heat!

Springtime

Early Spring…the time to consider and reconsider lawns, yards, flower beds and gardens. As the weather warms many of us are prepping mowers, cleaning beds and taking inventory of our Spring supply of seeds, fertilizer and equipment.  Numerous varieties of lawn fertilizers,  grass seed and lawn care chemicals are in stock. This season, let the staff at Martin’s help you have the best and most beautiful lawn and garden you’ve ever had!

 NOW IS THE TIME TO COMBAT CRABGRASS!!

Now is the time to be applying granular or liquid crabgrass control.  Did you ever see those ugly splays of wide bladed grass sending up shoots that don’t blend with the rest of the lawn or mysteriously appear along walks and driveways?  Crabgrass it is and if left unchecked the parent plant and its Digitaria sanguinalis brood will attempt a hostile takeover of your lawn. The seeds germinate in late spring and early summer and outcompete the domesticated lawn grasses. In autumn when the plants die they drop their seeds to emerge the next growing season.  Stop crabgrass before it starts with:

Pendulum – For preemergent control of crabgrass, goose grass, and most other grassy and broadleaf weeds in cool and warm season turfgrasses.  A        2 1/2 gallon jug treats 5 acres of lawn. Easy to mix and use in a home/garden sprayer.

Crabgrass control with dimension –  50 lb. bag of granules that provides post emergent control up to the 3 leaf stage. Spreads easily through any spreader.  One bag will cover 15,000 sq ft.  Apply Feb – April/May for season long control.

Questions about your lawn?  We have an on-staff agronomist and an experienced office staff ready to help you achieve the lawn of your dreams.

Also, the whole month of MAY take advantage of our Wild Bird Supply Sale 

1DROLL0% OFF  all wild bird supplies, suet cakes, bird seed, feeders, houses and more!!   Great deals and the perfect time for the avian enthusiast to stock up!

 

NEW PRODUCT      The Eva Knee Boot by Tingley

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Ultra Light Weight Boots that are 70% lighter than other waterproof rubber and PVC knee boots. 100% seamless waterproof construction. Cleated outsole design for good traction.

Perfect for lawn and garden use.

 

Have a wonderful day!