Breaking New – Abady Cat Food – Recall

The Robert Abady Dog Food Co. has issued a recall of its Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats because of possible salmonella contamination.

The food was sold in stores and online throughout the country.

The recalled product comes in two, five, and 15 pound corrugated boxes with plastic liners. They are marked on the top right-hand side of the box with lot number of 14029/21.

If you have purchased this food for your cat, return it to the store where you bought it for a full refund.

The company can be reached for questions at 845-473-1900.

In-House Window Bird Feeders – Convenient

It took me a while to figure out how this new fangled window feeders by Heath worked, but when I figured it out, I couldn’t believe how ingenious of a product this was.

IN HOUSE BIRD FEEDERS

A window feeder that actually let you get up close and personal with your backyard birds without the suction cups and mess when the feeder eventually falls.

View the birds and refill the feeder in the comfort of your living room or kitchen or breakfast gazebo!

We started carrying these in-house window bird feeders last month and they are sky-rocketing in popularity. They allow you to view your backyard birds so close that you won’t believe it! The one way mirror film encases the glass. You see the birds and they don’t see you!

This window bird feeder fits inside your window sill and its convenient trap door allows you to clean it and refill it right from inside your home. Its unique engineering allows you to shut and lock your window with the feeder in place and snugly fits double hung windows up to 39″ wide with its adjustable side panels.

Refill with seed right from inside your home!

The feeder is constructed of excellent quality cedar and features a shatter-proof window for your viewing pleasure. Installation is a snap on this window bird feeder. No nails or screws, no mess. Our in-house window bird feeder comes complete with additional insulation material if you live in colder climates.

You can fill it with your favorite seed and watch the birds in your living room within minutes of taking it out of the box. Whether you live in a city apartment or on a farm this feeder will delight you for years to come. Made in the USA

The deluxe version has dimensions: 21.875″L X 7.5″D X 13.875″H

Essential Crate Training for Any Dog

Most people don’t know or don’t realize that crates are very beneficial for a dog’s mental well-being. Having a crate in your home for your dog, not only benefits you, but it also benefits your dog. Dogs consider crates to be their den and a special and safe refuge away from everyone else. In general, dogs really enjoy spending time in the crate. It is best to start using a crate when your dog is young, so he gets used to the idea of being in the crate. A crate can be used to keep your dog inside during the night or while you are away to avoid having him mess in the house or prevent other destructive behaviors. Once you have started the routine of using a dog crate, your dog will become accustomed to it and often go inside on his own.

One of my favorite crates for home or travel use is the Kennel Cab Fashion Pet Carrier – Petmate. This kennel-style crate is made of durable plastic with a metal door and comes in a variety of sizes. The crate is easy to take apart and clean. The top has a handle for carrying and a small storage compartment for food, treats, and more. Place this crate anywhere in your home to keep your dog safely contained. For extra comfort, use a crate pad, such as the Quiet Time Fashion Pet Bed, inside and your dog is sure love it!

Another great style of crate for your dog is the Life Stages – Double Door Dog Crates. This wire crate is made of coated metal wire with a plastic pan at the bottom to make cleaning easy. It is available in a variety of sizes and has double doors to make access to your pet easy. If you need to travel with your dog, this crate folds down to take up less space and is easy to put back together. A pad, like the Quiet Time Deluxe Black Pet Mat, is perfect to use with a wire crate and gives your pet an extra soft place to rest.

Crate training is great for both you and your dog and gives your dog a place to call his own. A crate may be used for a variety of purposes, including traveling with your dog. For a great selection of dog crates and crate pads, check out GregRobert Pet Supplies.

BREAKING NEWS from GregRobert! – WellPet to Acquire Sojos

WellPet, manufacturer of natural and pet health-focused pet foods, has acquired Sojos, a family-owned company offering a line of raw, freeze-dried pet food for dogs and cats.

Sojos will continue to be based in Minneapolis, MN.

WellPet says there will be no changes in the day-to-day operations of either company and that Sojos co-owners Ward and Maggie Johnson will help with the transition.

 

WellPet LLC is a pet food company that includes previous companies:

  1. Wellness Natural Pet Food,
  2. Holistic Select Natural Pet Food,
  3. Eagle Pack Natural Pet Food
  4. Old Mother Hubbard Natural Dog Snacks,
  5. and now Sojos!

Mother company: Berwind Corporation.

Feeding Your Backyard Birds with a Suet Feeder

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SUET FEEDERS

Suet feeders are great for providing birds with the food and nutrients that they need for survival throughout the year. In addition to being a great source of food for the birds, suet feeders are easy to maintain and insert a suet cake. The suet cake neatly contains all of the essential nutrients birds need to thrive and is not as messy as regular bird seed. Even though the suet cake will last a long time in your suet feeder, always remember to replace it when it becomes old in order to keep the birds healthy and interested in your feeder.

Suet feeders are available in a variety of styles, but most suet feeders have the same basic square shape and consist of a metal cage that holds the suet cake. The metal cage is a standard size and will typically hold any type of suet cake. One of my favorite basic suet feeders is the Hanging Suet Basket with Copper Roof. This simple, yet stylish suet feeder, has a small copper roof that provides the suet cake with protection from the elements. It is a great value and looks great hanging in a tree or on a post. You may want to place a few suet feeders around your yards once you start having birds snacking on one.
If you like the idea of a suet feeder, but would also like to feed the birds seed, too, then a suet and seed combo feeder is perfect for you. My favorite combination feeder is the Deluxe Cedar Chalet Feeder w/suet. This charming and practical feeder can hold two suet cakes and 5.25 pounds of bird seed. With a feeder like this one, you can attract a variety of multiple birds at one time. It has clear panels on either side to make viewing the bird seed easy and is mostly constructed of cedar wood for durability.
If you are an environmentally conscious bird lover, than you may want to use a suet feeder made from recycled materials. The Going Green Recycled Plastic Suet Bird Feeder has a roof made from recycled plastic and steel cage that is strong and durable. The recycled plastic roof won’t absorb water and become moldy. This suet feeder is great for helping the environment and for feeding the birds.
Adding a suet cake to your bird feeder collection is ideal for any busy bird lover. Suet feeder are easy to fill and maintain. Suet cakes don’t create a big mess and are a great source of nutrients for birds.

Plan Now for Winter Birdfeeding

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Wild Bird Feeding

With winter in full swing, now is the time to think about your birding supplies for the winter. Many bird lovers enjoy feeding the birds during the fall and winter and it helps to keep the birds thriving when food sources are lower. When planning for winter birdfirding, keep in mind the following things:

  • Find out what birds are likely to stay around for the winter. Consult a bird guide, such as the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds, to find out what native birds stick around when the temperature gets cold.
  • Choose feeders that are designed especially for the type of bird that is native to your area and get seed specific for those types of birds. With the right feeder and seed, you should have no problem attacting the birds in the winter time.
  • Purchase a heated bird bath or a bird bath heater like the Gulf Stream 300 watt Bird Bath Heater to provide the birds with warm water during the cold months of the year. Birds still need to drink water and bathe in the winter and providing them with a clean, warm water source is going to attract more birds to your yard.
  • Put up shelter for the birds. If you currently have suitable bird houses, clean them out if the occupants have left for the season to encourage other birds to use them for shelter. Check first to see if the bird house has the right dimensions and hole size for your new visitors. You can also purchase nest boxes and hang them from trees or poles in your yard.

By taking care of the birds during the winter, you not only help the environment and the birds, but it also brings interest to your yard during the most barren time of the year. Check out Rachel’s Robin for all of your year round bird feeding needs.

Protect Your Bird Feeders from Squirrels by Adding a Squirrel Feeder

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SQUIRREL FEEDERS

If you love to feed the birds, nothing can be more frustrating than having the squirrels eat up your gourmet bird seed. Adding a squirrel feeder to your yard is a great way to distract the squirrels from eating the seed in your bird feeders. There are a variety of fun and practical feeders available for feeding squirrels, including corn and box feeders. These types of squirrel feeders are ideal for feeding the squirrels and keeping them entertained at the same time.

There are a variety of fun, entertaining corn feeders for squirrels that are also entertaining for you, too! The Squirrel Corn Spinner feeder holds three ears of corn and twirls around for entertainment. This fun and unique squirrel feeder is designed to rotate and allows the squirrels to move from corn ear to corn ear. Attach the feeder to a post or tree near your house and watch the show. The screws on the feeder securely hold the corn ears and make it difficult for the squirrels to remove the corn from the feeder.

Another fun feeder for squirrels is the Squirrel Munch House. This type of feeder is box shape and has openings on the sides for squirrels to get in. It is made of cedar wood and designed to be durable. Add the squirrel food to the interior and watch the squirrels have fun trying to get into the feeder. This feeder is sure to keep the squirrels well feed and out of your bird seed feeders.

Adding a squirrel feeder to your yard is a great way to help prevent the squirrels from stealing the bird seed. Not only do squirrel feeders help to keep the squirrels well feed, but they also provide entertainment for you and the squirrels. Look for more great items for squirrels at Rachel’s Robin.

How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Summer Garden

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If you live in the northern part of the United States, your chances of attracting hummingbirds to your yard are less likely than someone living in the south. Fewer species of this beautiful, unique bird travel north during the summer and only one species makes the trip to southern Alaska. Creating an inviting backyard habitat is essential for attracting hummingbirds. A backyard filled with filled with fragrant flowers, hummingbird feeders, and insects is ideal for attracting hummingbirds.

Hummingbirds love to get the nectar from flowers and are very attracted to garden with a variety of vibrant colors. It is a good idea to choose flowers that bloom throughout the entire summer season. Some favorite plants of hummingbirds are honeysuckle, morning glories, hollyhocks, gladiolus and begonias. To make the most of your plantings, plant the taller plants toward the back of the garden and the shorter blooms toward the front. You may also want to plant some flowering bushes and trees around or near your garden to help attract more birds.

Feeders that are designed for hummingbirds are essential for attracting hummingbirds to your yard. Typically, hummingbird feeders, such as the Garden Jewels Hummingbird Feeder, have the color red on the feeder to get the bird’s attention. There are a wide variety of feeders available that are ideal for attracting hummingbirds and come in an assortment of fun shapes and styles. The feeder should be filled with sweet, pre-mixed nectar that hummingbirds need to feed on to get lots of calories for high energy. If you use a clear feeder or a feeder that is not brightly colored, use a red nectar mix to attract hummingbirds.

Hummingbirds also need a source of protein to keep their bodies strong and healthy. These amazing little birds get their protein from insects found on the flowers. Offering a variety of flowers that attract insects is a great protein source for hummingbirds. Hummingbirds will even eat on the insects that get stuck in tree sap for a protein snack. It is important not to use an insect spray on your plants in the garden that will kill the insects.

Once you have established your hummingbird habitat, you may want to keep your binoculars handy to catch a glimpse of this fascinating bird. For more products and bird tips, go to Rachel’s Robin for a large selection of bird supplies.

Back to Basics: How to Attract Birds to Your Yard

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If you are new to attracting birds to your yard, the most important thing you need to do is to create a bird friendly habitat in your yard. Birds require shelter, food, and water. Adding these essentials to your yard to fulfill basic bird needs can help attract a lot of birds to your yard.

Shelter. This very basic need can simply be filled by a variety of ways. The simplest way to add shelter is to add a man-made bird house. The majority of birds love to inhabit man-made bird houses. Bird houses are very attractive to birds because they offer great protection from the elements and predators. Try using a simple home such as the Recycled Plastic Lumber Hanging Birdhouse to attract birds to your yard. In addition to man-made bird houses, birds also like to make homes in Evergreen trees. Planting Evergreens in your yard is great for birds who winter in cold climates and a variety of birds in the summer time.

Food. By just adding one feeder to your yard, you will greatly increase the amount of birds visiting your yard. There several varieties of feeders to choose from that appeal to a wide range of birds. If you are just starting out, pick a feeder and seed that appeals to a wide variety of birds and you will be able to observe a variety of birds. A great seed that appeals to a variety of birds is Lyric Wild Bird Mix Wild Bird Seed. Another way to provide birds with food is to plant vegetation that appeals to birds. Planting annuals and perennials, which are attractive to birds and thrive in your geographic location, can provide another source of nutrition to birds.

Water. Having a fresh source of water is essential for attracting birds. This can be accomplished several ways, but the easiest way to add a man-made bird bath. A variety of natural and man-made objects can be used to accomplish this. A terracotta, ceramic, resin, or concrete birdbath can be placed anywhere in your bird habitat. A simple terracotta bird bath, such as the Audubon Deck-Mounted Bird Bath, can be attached to a deck or placed on a table or stump. Make sure to keep birdbath filled. Other simple solutions include: a natural stump with a hollowed center, a rock filled hole in the ground, or a small water feature. Be creative and add a variety of birdbaths to the habitat for the birds to enjoy.

Attracting Butterflies with a Butterfly Feeder

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BUTTERFLY FEEDER


Attracting Butterflies doesn’t mean investing in fancy, expensive stuff.
Butterflies love large, open, sun-filled areas. Butterflies like flowers, they need some food sources and they need shelter. (puddles and rocks are great)
You might think about planting an herb garden if you enjoy herbs – many butterfly species do too. Reserving a section of your yard for native flowering plants and for weeds like dandelion, nettle, and milkweed should also help guarantee a good variety of butterflies. It’s best to avoid using any pesticides if you are attempting to attract butterflies.
It is important to note that very few butterfly species cause harm to garden plants. If caterpillars become a nuisance – for instance, if cabbage whites are decimating your nasturtiums – picking the larvae off by hand is not a difficult task.
To make butterfly nectar, mix 4 parts water with 1 part organic cane sugar and boil for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves. Cool the nectar thoroughly before adding it to the feeder. Large batches can be made and stored in the fridge for 3-4 weeks. This nectar recipe can also be used for hummingbird feeders.
Butterflies can’t drink from birdbaths or other open water, but give them a damp spot of wet sand or dirt ( a puddle) and they’ll often flock around it. In some species of butterflies, young bachelor butterflies most commonly exhibit “puddling” behavior.
Butterflies need shelter from predators and wind. Ideal are hedges; groups of small trees or shrubs; or walls, fences, trellises covered with vines. Possible plantings include honeysuckle and butterfly bushes; and for vines, passion flower, pipevine, or hops.