“Chill Out!” – Summertime Safety for Backyard Poultry

Gretchen Suggs
Gretchen Suggs

Gretchen Suggs is the Owner of Sweetheart Silkies, Inc., a nonprofit organization formed to promote poultry health and provide education to backyard flock enthusiasts. She has been breeding and showing silkie bantams for 6 years.

For most of us, summertime is for vacations, sandy beaches, celebrations, and beautiful weather.

For the poultry enthusiast, we always have that lingering worry in the back of our mind about our chickens’ ability to endure the rising temperatures.

Chickens are no different than the rest of us in having their own ways of regulating their body temperature. However, in extreme heat (100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), their bodies may not be able to compensate and cool themselves properly. Luckily, they have us to help them cool off during these hot summer months.

A chicken’s normal body temperature has a large range and you may be surprised to find it is quite high already (104-107 degrees Fahrenheit). Our backyard poultry can stay relatively comfortable in conditions where the ambient temperature is 90-98 degrees Fahrenheit. Unfortunately, this relatively high body temperature also makes our flock more susceptible to heat stress than any other species. Continue reading ““Chill Out!” – Summertime Safety for Backyard Poultry”

Top 10 Reasons to Get a Puppy

Post written by Emily Garcia, Marketing Coordinator

puppyface10. Free acupuncture
Puppy teeth double as acupuncture needles. And they’re more than happy to use them on you!

9. New carpet
Were you on the fence about whether or not your carpet needed replacing? You won’t be after potty training a puppy!  At a minimum, you’ll be in need of a visit from your local Stanley Steemer rep!

8. Exercise benefits
Forget walking the puppy. You’ll burn far more calories sprinting to grab them when they squat on the aforementioned carpet or chasing them down before they sink those puppy tooth daggers into your favorite pair of shoes. Continue reading “Top 10 Reasons to Get a Puppy”

Product Spotlight: Layer Boost with Omega-3


Layer Boost with Omega-3

  • 100 gram Jar
  • Ideal for Backyard Chicken Keepers
  • A blend of vitamins, electrolytes, enzyme, omega 3, and Marigold for daily use with layer chickens. Contains a source of live (viable) direct fed microorganisms.
  • Aids in egg production
  • Boosts immune health through healthy gut microflora
  • Contains Phytase which breaks down nutrients that are otherwise unavailable to chickens.
  • Use year round as needed
  • Most commonly used on poultry

Two related Durvet products

Vitamins & Electrolytes
Vitamins & Electrolytes

A Story About Green Thumbs and the Durvet Difference

At Durvet, we pride ourselves on being different. Our core values are centered on providing superior customer service and focusing on people.

We strive to make personal connections at all levels of our business from vendors to distributor members and consumers. These connections further our efforts to provide superior customer service.

About 10 years ago, a customer requested we carry an equine grooming tool called Horse Shave. We had a brand name and a location, but little else to go on. We scoured the internet, called local contacts and continued to come up empty.

Rather than telling the customer we couldn’t source it, we kicked it up a notch and thought outside the box.

Knowing the manufacturer was located in a small town, we reached out to one of the places that would likely know everyone in that town: the local funeral home!

Our sleuthing paid off and we located Rich and Ginny Groff, the husband and wife duo behind Mid-Mo Horse Shave. Continue reading “A Story About Green Thumbs and the Durvet Difference”

Dog Owners: Don’t Forget the Lepto!


Post written by Mark Niblo, Marketing Director at Durvet | Long Distance Runner | Iowa by Birth-Kansas City by Choice

One of the most overlooked and preventable diseases in dogs is infection with Leptospirosis.

Lepto is widespread in the environment and all dogs are at risk for this disease.  Even indoor dogs who have little outside exposure will end up going outside eventually.

Leptospirosis is a waterborne disease. Dogs are susceptible to infection by drinking contaminated water puddles on a walking trail, in your backyard, in city parks, or places such as water hazards at the golf course.

Water can carry Leptospirosis when infected carriers such as raccoons, opossums, squirrels, livestock and rodents urinate in open or standing water.

This disease can be fatal and is zoonotic, which means it can be transmitted from animals to people. In dogs, signs include fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Liver disease and acute kidney failure are possible.

Three ways to minimize the risk are: Continue reading “Dog Owners: Don’t Forget the Lepto!”

Product Spotlight: Durvet Dairy Bomb 55Z


Durvet Dairy Bomb 55Z

  • 25 oz Aerosol
  • Ideal for Livestock Producers of all types
  • For use on Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Horses, Hogs, Chickens and other Livestock. Can be used in various locations where animals live and are housed, plus in your home.
  • Dairy Bomb 55Z kills and repels Stable Flies, Horse Flies, Face Flies, Deer Flies, House Flies, Mosquitoes and Gnats. Safe for use on livestock and in homes & restaurants.
  • Use anytime flies are a problem
  • Most commonly used on all livestock

Two related Durvet products

Dairy Bomb 55 
Dairy Bomb 55
Fly Rid Plus Spray
Fly Rid Plus Spray


Fly Control 101: Mosquitoes

Kassie Kreissler

Post written by Kassie Kreissler, Marketing Specialist | Event Coordinator | Social Media Expert | Live Music Supporter | Rancher | Horse Trainer

If you’ve been outside, then I’m sure you’ve been bitten by a mosquito a time or a dozen times.

These pesky insects not only cause skin irritation but spread serious diseases and viruses. Understanding their habits could help prevent bites and help in reducing the number around you, your animals and your property.

According to the EPA there are around 200 different species of mosquitoes in the US. Each have different habitats and behaviors but all share the same life cycle. Understand these and you can select the right pesticide to prevent them. Continue reading “Fly Control 101: Mosquitoes”