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Flea Control For Your Dog and Cat

Fleas can be one of the most annoying aspects of owning a pet. They can aggravate both you and your pet – dog fleas and cat fleas can and will bite people as well, and flea bites can become itchy and uncomfortable.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to deal with the fleas, both preventative measures to help keep the flea population at bay, as well as ways to combat the population that may already exist.
The first product to help with fleas, and arguably the most important, is to keep up to date on “monthly”, continuous treatments. You can use a topical drop like Advantage, Adventure Plus, Frontline or ZoGuard. You can also use a flea collar like Seresto.

It is important to know how these products work. Once they are put on, the chemicals from the product are dispersed over the body through the natural oils on your pets’ skin. Once a flea gets on your pet, they come in contact with the product and they are killed. These products will also kill flea larvae and flea eggs.
Lastly, you can use a monthly ingestible option. Burns Feed Store carries CapShield Maxx which is a pill you can give monthly that will kill fleas within 30 minutes, then an IGR (insect growth regulator) will stay in the bloodstream of the dog for 30 days and will control the fleas for the rest of the month. After the first day, any new flea to land on the dog and takes a blood feed will not fully reproduce, thus ENDING THE FLEA LIFE-CYCLE.
These are all products that will do a good job of protecting your pets from fleas on a consistent basis.
With that said, sometimes more steps need to be taken to get control of the flea population. The flea drops and collars work well, but if the flea population is large, fleas will continue to get on your pets and will be able to bite before the chemicals kill them. Luckily, there are other products that can be used to help kill the fleas and their larvae and eggs before they get onto your animals.
Some of those products include foggers, to be used inside specific rooms of a home. Foggers will kill adult fleas, larvae and eggs. There are also sprays that are labeled to be used inside the home that will also kill adult fleas, larvae and eggs.
Sometimes, the biggest problem is found outside the home in the yard. Burns Feed Store has products that can be used to kill the adult fleas, larvae and eggs that could be growing in population there as well.
The best advice we can give is to stay up to date on your “monthly”, continuous flea control that is put directly on your dog or cat. Then if flea numbers seem to be high, take an aggressive approach and treat the house for fleas as well as the lawn.
Fleas can be extremely annoying, but with the proper applications, used in the correct ways, you and your pets will be flea free and happy!

Indian Runner Ducks at Burns Feed Store

In the lush realms of Southeast Asia, the noble Runner ducks were originally crafted for their bountiful egg offerings and nimble grace. Echoes of their ancient lineage whisper through time, captured in stone tales from Java’s mystical lands, aged over two millennia. As shadows dance with the past, these wondrous ducks continue their ageless dance, guided by ancient wisdom. Each dawn, they roam fields in orchestrated ballets, feasting on nature’s offerings of rice remnants, weed seeds, and tiny creatures. Nightfall finds them nestled in bamboo sanctuaries, where they gift the world with eggs before embarking on their cleansing journeys once more. Across their fleeting existences, these avian wanderers traverse vast distances, embodying the essence of resilience and adaptability. Behold, in the Runner, a beacon of foraging prowess unmatched by any other duck kind.


Why are they called Indian Runners? Tradition has it the ducks were first imported into England in the 1850s and were named Indians as the ship had proceeded from India and had traded with the “Indies”. It wasn’t until 1909 that the importing family acknowledged that they came from Southeast Asia – not India. But by then the name had stuck and the breed was extremely popular throughout the country. Until the Khaki Campbell was bred, Runners were by far the most productive egg laying ducks. Prior to the turn of the century there were many egg trials in England where representatives of different breeds and farmers were put on a common site and their egg production monitored and compared.

The first Runners imported into England were either Fawn, Fawn-and-White, or White in color. The first records of them being in an exhibition were in 1877 at the Dumfries Show in Scotland. In 1898 they were admitted into the American Standard Registry. The Black, Blue and Chocolate were not admitted until 1977. Though the Black and Chocolate breed true, the Blue do not as only 50% of their progeny are Blue. So that we produce 100% Blue colored birds, we have two pens of breeders. One pen has Black Runner males on Silver females. The other pen has Silver males on Black females.

Runner Ducks are like the MVPs of foraging and egg-laying! Having a flock of these quirky ducks not only brings you fresh eggs but also turns your yard into a hilarious entertaining time of watching penguin-like bowling pins forage around the yard. The Indian runner duck are very versatile in their diets. Lucky for the average gardener, runner ducks eat a variety of harmful bugs. They eat mosquitos and their larvae, flies, slugs, snails, and particularly enjoy ticks.


However you crack it, duck eggs are like little powerhouses of nutrition! With their sunny-side-up golden yolks boasting extra antioxidants, omega-3s, and a whopping 50% more vitamin A than their chicken counterparts, these eggs are the real MVPs. Plus, they pack a protein punch that even takes their larger size into account. Eggs come in a range of hues, from pearly whites to dreamy blue-greens, depending on the feathered friends laying them. In the world of Black Runners (including Chocolate), you might spot some eggs with a quirky ‘sooty’ look at the start of the egg-laying season. But fear not, as the later eggs can be as pristine white as any other Runner’s eggs.


Burns Feed Store has a variety of Runner ducklings throughout our chick season! You can check out our Chick Schedule at www.BurnsFeed.com or give us a call at 503-663-3246!

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Equine Educational Event at Burns Feed Store

Join us Saturday, June 22, 2024 here at Burns Feed Store for an Equine Educational Event, sponsored by Purina!