Black Creek Farm & Feed Supply - Home & Garden Gazette
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October 2015

Keep Warm, But Stay Safe!

With Fall upon us, many of us are building fires or firing up heaters to counter the chill.
If you build fires in your home, make sure you take the safety precautions to prevent a disaster. If you have a chimney, be sure to have it professionally cleaned and inspected periodically. The frequency of these professional services will depend upon how many fires you build which cause creosote to build-up on the chimney walls.   

In the meantime, be sure to do some DIY cleaning, as well. Black Creek Farm & Feed has many chimney care products, including brushes. 

We also have fireplace tools, gaskets and a variety of other products for maintaining fireplaces and wood stoves.

For shops, barns, and chilly rooms that you cannot warm with a fireplace or wood stove, consider safe heaters. Black Creek Farm & Feed has a variety of models and sizes, so come in for a visit.

Detection Is Critical

This is also a perfect time to check your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors, being sure to check the expiration dates and replacing them. If your alarms are all hard-wired into your home, consider battery-operated alarms as a back up in the event that a fire occurs during a power outage.

Chicken Farmers, Be Aware!

According to a recent announcement by the BC Chicken Marketing Board, avian flu is on the rise during the fall bird migration period. Their recent letter says to consider keeping chickens indoors, depending upon your perceived risk. Included in their email is an attachment containing  advice in a publication regarding Backyard and Pet Birds in a document from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. 
“Biosecurity is the bird owner’s first line of defence against all infectious avian disease, including HPAI."

Wild birds can carry diseases without showing symptoms, so the migration season is a good time to review the biosecurity measures you have in place and make any needed adjustments. Simple, inexpensive practices can be very effective at keeping these serious diseases away from your birds.
  1. Prevent contact with wild birds and other animals – Cover feed and water areas and keep stores of food in sealed containers.
  2. Keep things clean – Routinely and thoroughly clean and disinfect anything that comes into contact with your birds, like egg trays, cages, boots, tools or equipment.
  3. Limit contact with visitors – People can carry animal diseases from one place to another by means of clothing or shoes. If visitors do interact with your birds, good precautionary practices include providing shoe or boot covers, ensuring clothing is clean, and providing a wash station or hand sanitizer for people to use when entering and leaving the property.
  4. Isolate new birds and sick birds – Recommended isolation periods are from two weeks to a month. Consult a veterinarian to make sure birds are healthy before they are allowed to mingle with the rest of your flock.
  5. Know about and monitor symptoms of illness – Speak with a veterinarian if you suspect your birds are sick.   
Here are some other useful resources:
  • the CFIA video entitled Bird Health Basics;
  • the CFIA Biosecurity Checklist for farms of all sizes; and
  • a list of local CFIA Animal Health Offices that bird owners can contact for more information.

BCFF is on Facebook!

Please visit BCFF on Facebook and like us. We post announcements of special events and friend specials.  Please share our page, too!

Collecting AirMiles?

BCFF offers AirMiles. Just show your card to collect!

RONA Shoppers!  Now that Rona is closed, collect your Air Miles at BCFF!  We look forward to taking great care of you!

Wood Stove Pellets

Buy your pellets now!  Ask about Bulk-Buying Discounts and Delivery!

Pumpkin Treats For Horses?

If you’re tempted to include your horses in your fall celebrations and treat them to some pumpkins, read this story first.
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