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Post by Mrs. Beach on Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:32 pm

Going for the first time this weekend. So far on my shopping list are:
alfalfa pellets
pine bedding
brewer's yeast for mealworms (I read it was cheaper in bulk at a feed store)

What else is a good deal to buy there?
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Post by Laigaie on Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:12 pm

I buy flake pine for the chickens, aspen for the mice and gpigs, chicken food, little chicken food (for the bantams), cat food, dog food, tapeworm pills (because one of my neighbors' dogs has tapeworms and keeps infecting my dogs), anything for the garden, any kind of tools that we may need...

Sometimes I buy medicines there, like Iver-on or Eqvalan.

If you own leather for any reason that I don't need to know, they have everything to take care of that, including soap and oil and brushes.

Oh! We also buy hay for the guinea pigs and guinea pig food there. Gosh. If you owned rabbits, they have lots of rabbit stuff.

Can you tell they get a lot of my money? I have a 10%off coupon at the moment, but they were out of a lot of the things we normally buy, so we have to wait until Wednesday to stock up.
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Post by thistlebrook on Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:15 pm

Laigaie wrote:aspen for the mice and gpigs

What brand of aspen is it? I'm going to be going to use my 10% off coupon sometime later this week when I pick up dog food. I've been wanting to find a more cost effective alternative to the Harlan Teklad shredded aspen and sani chips that I absolutely adore, but have not been happy with the quality and amount of dust I've found in most other brands.
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Post by Rhasputin on Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:09 pm

Laigaie wrote:If you own leather for any reason that I don't need to know, they have everything to take care of that, including soap and oil and brushes.


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Re: What is good to buy at Tractor Supply?

Post by Mrs. Beach on Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:31 pm

Is the aspen as cheap as the pine? Say! Hay! My mice love hay! And I've been paying pet store prices for plastic bags of it. I hope I don't have to buy an entire bale. Is hay from Tractor Supply, um, safe for mice? Bugs in it?
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Post by Laigaie on Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:47 pm

The timothy hay that's in the small animal (read guinea pig and rabbit) section is much like petstore hay. It's green rather than tan, because it's for eating. I don't know about their bigger quantities in the horse section.

The aspen is Premier Pet and is a bit dusty, but I change cages outside anyway, and don't have allergies. It's about the same as the pine, though a little more, because it's not TS brand.

Also, I promise I don't work there or anything. It's just we have a PetCo, a Petsmart, and a WalMart in town, and TS beats their prices on all the things that we buy for all our animals (and we have a lot).

I realized that I didn't mention here like I did on FB, about using Equine Fresh instead of Feline Pine if you use pine pellet cat litter. It's a whole lot cheaper, and made by the same folks as Feline Fresh, just marketed toward horses. It's I think $8 for a bag that fills 10 catboxes easily. That makes fostering kittens a whole lot more economical for us.
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Post by Rhasputin on Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:58 pm

They have 40lb bales of hay for around $6. Good for mice bedding/nesting/chewing. Happy
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Post by kawmice on Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:31 am

Am I the ONLY one who does not have access to a feed store? Grrrrrrrr.......... Twisted Evil
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Post by kawmice on Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:31 am

Lol
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Post by thistlebrook on Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:26 am

kawmice wrote:Am I the ONLY one who does not have access to a feed store? Grrrrrrrr.......... Twisted Evil

That stinks. Living in Fort Worth does have its advantages as far as the multitudes of feed stores in the area. tongue
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Post by renapopma on Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:05 am

I buy the soft yellow work gloves there too. Love my
Tractor Supply.

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Re: What is good to buy at Tractor Supply?

Post by Mrs. Beach on Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:09 pm

Kaw, I know how you feel. This is my FIRST TIME!

Laigaie, no cats here, though thanks for alllll the other info.

Hay at $6 a bale! Rjduve and I could split one.
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Post by renapopma on Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:55 pm

Seriously. They have toys for kids, hats, hand tools, stuff for every animal domestic and wild, and they are nice! I just love to shop there for fun. If you don't have one near you I imagine they'd deliver.

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Post by Rhasputin on Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:13 pm

You can get oats and barley there for around $10-$15 per 50lb bag. Happy
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Post by Mrs. Beach on Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:42 pm

Cheeeep oats sound GREAT! That's the kind of stuff I'm interested in! I've added it to my list.
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Post by kawmice on Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:38 pm

I feel so left out! Lol
I am taking a trip to south Jersey this Thursday and hopefully I can stop by one. I used to get my pet bedding from a general feed store in Colorado but obviously that is not going to help me here in Jersey. Lol.

Let me know what you think of it after you go Ann. Happy sounds like it would be a happy shoping experience. Lol. Lots of goodies to be had! Happy
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Post by Mrs. Beach on Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:33 pm

OK! I'll report.
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Post by Teramis on Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:48 am

Speaking of giving meeple hay to play/nest in, I did that routinely until one time the incoming hay also carried in a batch of mites which then had a field day with the squeakers 'til I got everyone debugged.

The moral of this story is, if you're going to give them hay or grasses to play in that have been outside in natural environment, it's a good idea to either bake or freeze batches of it before letting them roll around in it. (Same process you'd use on aspen bedding to ensure it is mite-free).

Happy shopping at Tractor Supply, Mrs B! We go there frequently as well. I pick up my freeze-dried mealies and aspen bedding and miscellaneous toys/food items for the meeple there.

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Post by Mrs. Beach on Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:11 pm

THANK YOU for the hay warning, Teramis! They have good prices on freeze dried mealies?

Teramis, is freezing in our freezer OK, or does it have to be a sub-zero freezer? If our kitchen freezer won't work, then please tell me instructions for baking the hay without setting our house on fire.
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Post by Teramis on Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:09 pm

Yeah, mealie prices are very reasonable, especially if you buy the largest container.

Re mite-killing in hay: bake for 2 hrs at 200 degrees (F), or freeze for 24 hours. Home freezer is fine, as long as it is actually freezing things. I've heard some people say the cold has to be at a certain sub-zero temp, though my vet said, "cold enough to freeze" without qualifiers. I've had no problems with ordinary fridge freezer (we also have a chest freezer I use sometime for a large bag quantity). The thermometer in our new fridge tells me it is holding things at 0 degrees, but I think in the last fridge things weren't quite that chill.

If you freeze hay I think it's a good idea to let it return to room temp in a bag or container that is open to the air, so that any incidental ice condensation that occured during freezing (from moisture in the air in the bag) will have a chance to completely evaporate before you seal up the hay again. I keep my hay and grasses in a bag that isn't sealed at all (slightly open on the end) to ensure air circulation and no accidental molding from trapped post-freeze moisture.

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Post by Mrs. Beach on Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:34 pm

Great, detailed advice! Thank you!
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Post by Mrs. Beach on Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:56 pm

OK. We went. We saw the yellow work gloves (nice!). They didn't have kiln dried pine. They didn't have brewer's yeast. We saw the freeze dried mealies. Eh. We saw the hay, but rjduve wanted Timothy hay and there wasn't any. WE BOUGHT ALFALFA PELLETS! We also saw alfalfa/timothy hay pellets and wondered about them. We bought aspen. We saw a lot of cool things. We will go again
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Post by thewesterngate on Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:25 pm

I can't believe I've never gone, and I live about a 30 minute drive from one. Gah! I need to plan a trip out of these woods soon!
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Post by renapopma on Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:27 pm

Glad you enjoyed yourself!

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Post by Mrs. Beach on Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:03 pm

Hey, they had clothes, too! That was a surprise.
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