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15th Anniversary Sale

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

Join us as we celebrate our 15th Anniversary, July 11 through July 16, 2022! We are so thankful for your support over these last 15 years! We will celebrate with daily door prizes, and progressively better discounts all week.

Take a look at our specials! (Specials subject to certain days and subject to change)

Cattle

  • 15% off Wind & Rain Bagged Cattle Mineral
  • $10 off Wind & Rain Mineral Tubs
  • Buy 1 ton of Liquid Feed, and receive a $35 voucher for Wind & Rain Cattle Mineral
  • 10% off tonnage for Steakmaker or Precon

Horse & Poultry

  • Buy 3 Bags, Get 4th Bag FREE Impact Horse Feed
  • 10% off Laynea branded products

Pets & Home

  • 15% off Exclusive & NutriSource Dog Food (for new customers or customers looking to make a switch)
  • 25% off Gifts, Clothing, and Decor

Check out the flyer and this event page for more details! If you have any questions stop in and see us at 201 W Fannin St Leonard, TX or call us at 903-587-0385!

 

Updated Priefert Economy Panels

Monday, June 6th, 2022
Priefert Economy Panels now feature square corners instead of the traditional bed frame/rounded top corners. Priefert is proud to announce our updated Economy Panel. Priefert Economy Panels now feature square corners instead of the traditional bed frame/rounded top corners. Additionally, they will also feature a straight leg that is balled on top and bottom. Please watch the video by clicking the link below for more details on this change:

Priefert’s Economy Panels are our most economically priced panel and are proof that you don’t have to sacrifice quality or durability to save money. These panels feature a single-piece vertical stay fitted through drilled rails to provide additional strength and structural integrity. The straight legs are balled on each end, sealing the tubing completely from the elements. This lightweight panel is easy to move around, and chain connectors allow for quick, tight connections between panels and gates that help eliminate dangerous foot traps. Chain connectors also offer increased versatility for connecting to panels over uneven ground and allow for easy connection to existing structures. The single-piece vertical stay, chain connectors, and 62” panel height enhance the safety for horses and handlers. Economy panels are designed for use with horses that are cooperative and accept confinement. The Architectural Grade Powder Coat Finish helps the product to resist rust, scratches, and fading to add years of life to your investment.
Features:
  • Economy Panels are ideal for use in a number of applications around the farm or ranch, including round pens, arenas, paddocks, and temporary stalls.
  • Economy Panels are Priefert’s least expensive panel option and are proof that you don’t have to sacrifice quality or durability to save money.
  • Popular among horse owners, these panels are designed for use with cooperative animals and are NOT for heavy crowding situations.
  • These panels feature a single-piece vertical stays that are fitted through drilled rails to provide additional strength and structural integrity.
  • Chain connectors allow for quick, tight connections between panels and gates that help eliminate dangerous foot traps. They also offer increased versatility for connecting to panels over uneven ground and allow for easy connection to existing structures.
  • Panel legs are constructed from tubing that has been balled on each end to completely seal out environmental factors and to eliminate sharp edges, increasing animal safety.
  • Architectural Grade Powder Coat Finish with UV inhibitors add years of life to your investment by helping the product resist rust, scratches, and fading.
Specs:
  • Legs constructed from 1.66” OD 18 gauge round tubing
  • Rails constructed from 1.66” OD 20 gauge round tubing
  • Vertical stay constructed from 1” OD 18 gauge steel tubing, fitted through drilled rails
  • Height: 62”
  • Number of Rails: 6
  • Architectural Grade Powder Coat Finish
  • Standard Color: Green

Stop by Bear Creek Country Store and talk to us about your fencing needs. We’re a proud supplier of the Priefert Economy Panel and the entire Priefert line.

Spring at the Garden Center

Tuesday, April 12th, 2022

It’s Spring at the garden center! We’re stocked with bedding plants, flowers, succulents, hanging baskets, and more! Come see our latest selection and don’t forget the decorative pots and soil.

2022 Flock Talk

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022

Join us for chick season! Head on over to Bear Creek Country store in Leonard, TX for our educational Flock Talk, on Thursday, March 3rd, at 6:00 p.m.

In addition to having chicks in the store for purchase, we’ll provide educational training, Chick Box Bundle deals, and more.

RSVP to the store at 903-587-0385

See our chick schedule here.

Expected Deliver DateChick Breed
February 17, 2022Ameraucana (50) Rhode Island Red (50) Barred Rock (50) Black Australorp (50) Buff Orpington (50) Silver Laced Wyandotte (50) Gold Wyandotte (50)
March 3, 20222Blue Australorp (25) Dark Brahma (25) Light Brahma (25)
Crested St Run (50) Polish St Run (50) Bantam St Run (50)
Silkie Bantam St Run (50) French Guinea St Run (50) Duck St Run (50)
March 10, 2022Rhode Island Red (50) New Hampshire Red (25) Barred Rock (50) Buff Orpington (50) Ameraucana (50) Dark & Light Brahma (50)
March 17, 2022Gold Wyandottes (25) Blue Australorps (25) Black Australorps (25) Silver Laced Wyandottes (25)
March 24, 2022Buckeye (25) Buff Chantecler (25) Black Giant (25) Blue Cochin (50) Partridge Cochin (25) Red Cochin (25) Barnevelder (25) Welsummer (25)
March 31, 2022White Leghorn (25) Brown Leghorn (25) Olive Eggers (25) Delaware (25) Naked Neck (25) Speckled Sussex (25) Salmon Faverolle (25) Cuckoo Marans (25)
April 7, 2022Crested Chick St Run (50) Polish St Run (50) Bantam St Run (50) Silkie St Run (50)
April 14, 2022Rhode Island Red (50) Silver Laced Wyandotte (25) Ameraucana (50) Silver Laced Wyandotte (25) Speckled Sussex (25) Salmon Faverolle (25)

Chicks Arrive in February!

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022

It’s chick season at Bear Creek Country Store, with chicks arriving throughout the spring!  It’s our favorite time of year!

See our schedule below. Remember that dates and availability are subject to change. Chicks are available first-come, first-served. Chicks are pullets unless otherwise noted.

Expected Deliver DateChick Breed
February 17, 2022Ameraucana (50) Rhode Island Red (50) Barred Rock (50) Black Australorp (50) Buff Orpington (50) Silver Laced Wyandotte (50) Gold Wyandotte (50)
March 3, 20222Blue Australorp (25) Dark Brahma (25) Light Brahma (25)
Crested St Run (50) Polish St Run (50) Bantam St Run (50)
Silkie Bantam St Run (50) French Guinea St Run (50) Duck St Run (50)
March 10, 2022Rhode Island Red (50) New Hampshire Red (25) Barred Rock (50) Buff Orpington (50) Ameraucana (50) Dark & Light Brahma (50)
March 17, 2022Gold Wyandottes (25) Blue Australorps (25) Black Australorps (25) Silver Laced Wyandottes (25)
March 24, 2022Buckeye (25) Buff Chantecler (25) Black Giant (25) Blue Cochin (50) Partridge Cochin (25) Red Cochin (25) Barnevelder (25) Welsummer (25)
March 31, 2022White Leghorn (25) Brown Leghorn (25) Olive Eggers (25) Delaware (25) Naked Neck (25) Speckled Sussex (25) Salmon Faverolle (25) Cuckoo Marans (25)
April 7, 2022Crested Chick St Run (50) Polish St Run (50) Bantam St Run (50) Silkie St Run (50)
April 14, 2022Rhode Island Red (50) Silver Laced Wyandotte (25) Ameraucana (50) Silver Laced Wyandotte (25) Speckled Sussex (25) Salmon Faverolle (25)

Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021

cat with Christmas ornamentsThe holiday season is just around the corner and many pet parents want to include the family pet in their holiday celebrations. As you get ready for all the festivities, it’s important to keep your pet’s exercise and eating schedule routine. Also, it’s important to steer pets clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants, and dangerous decorations. Our holiday safety tips for pets will get you and your pet ready for the holidays.

Holiday Plants and Decorations:

Christmas Trees – Be sure to secure and anchor your tree so it can’t tip over and fall. It’s also important to keep the tree water away from your pets because the fertilizers and bacteria in the water can cause major stomach upset and possibly diarrhea.

Mistletoe & Holly – Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.

Tinsel – Kittens love to play with tinsel because it’s sparkly and floaty. However, this so-called toy can be easily swallowed which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery.

Candles – Don’t leave lighted candles unattended because pets can easily burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to put out candles when you leave the room.

Wires, Batteries, and Glass Ornaments – Please keep wires, batteries, and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach. There are many dangers that can befall your pet while these holiday decorations are out for them to get into. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth and digestive tract.

Holiday Foods to Avoid

Sweet Treats – As you know chocolate is a big no-no for dogs. Please make sure all holiday treats that have chocolate or xylitol are kept away from your furry friend. Secure leftovers and garbage cans.

Leftovers – Do not feed your pets leftovers from your holiday meals. Obviously, they have pet food to satisfy their appetites. Olsen’s has lots of pet treats for your family pets.

Alcoholic Beverages – Christmas and especially New Years most likely will have beverages with alcohol that can be lethal to pets. Make sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them. If ingested, your pet could become weak, ill and may even go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure.

Fireworks – Just like fireworks during the Fourth of July celebrations, New Year’s is a time when noisy poppers, blowers, and loud noises are common while counting down to the new year. However, these noisy festivities can terrify your pets and possibly cause damage to their ears. Be sure to secure them in a safe, escape-proof area as midnight approaches.

These holiday safety tips for pets will help you enjoy the holidays. Visit your local Bear Creek Country Store to treat your pets this holiday season.

Holiday Hours 2021

Friday, December 10th, 2021

Please note Bear Creek Country Store’s holiday hours 2021!

  • Friday, December 24, 2021, Christmas Eve we are CLOSED
  • Saturday, December 25, 2021, Christmas Day we are CLOSED
  • Friday, December 31, 2021, New Year’s Eve we will close early at NOON
  • Saturday, January 1, 2022, New Year’s Day we are CLOSED

We wish you a wonderful holiday season! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Tips for Raising Chickens in Winter

Friday, November 19th, 2021

chicken in winterRaising chickens in winter can be a lot of fun. Some hens love wandering around the yard and their first snow sighting can be quite entertaining. A bird’s thick feathers are a natural protective coat. As a result, most breeds are well-equipped for winter.

Here are a few tips on how to care for chickens in the winter:

  1. How to keep chickens warm in winter:
    Do not add heat lamps. Chickens, especially cold-tolerant breeds, can withstand winter temperatures without supplemental heat. A chicken’s body temperature is around 106 degrees Fahrenheit, and they have their own protective layer of feathers to keep them warm. Most importantly, if you feel it is necessary to provide a source of heat, only provide enough heat to raise the temperature a few degrees. The hens will adjust to the cold temperature, but if it is 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the coop and 0 degrees Fahrenheit in the run, birds will not be able to regulate their body temperature.
  2. What to feed chickens in winter:
    A common myth is to feed oatmeal to birds in the winter. This is not a beneficial treat for chickens. Oats contain some types of fiber that chickens can’t digest which can cause the contents of the digestive tract to thicken. This leads to a reduction in the bird’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients. Greens are also unnecessary. Hens may pick at hay and spread it around, but they are not going to eat it. Feeding a complete layer feed like Purina® Layena®, Purina® Layena® Plus Omega-3 or Purina® Organic Pellets or Crumbles will provide the necessary nutrition hens need through the winter.
  3. Ensure feed and water aren’t frozen.
    Consider heated waterers. Feed and water birds more often when it’s below freezing. Energy needs increase in winter. Animals expend a considerable amount of energy to stay warm and will eat more feed. Complete layer feeds include all the energy hens need. The 90/10 rule still applies in winter.
  4. Allow exploration.
    Firstly, birds can tolerate snow, cold air, and ice water. There is very little muscle in the lower part of bird legs and feet. Tendons control the movements. They stretch from the upper part of the legs down to the toes. Secondly, the blood entering the lower legs and feet is cooled by the blood returning to the heart. The blood going to the toes warms the blood returning. As a result, the tissue receives just enough heat to avoid frostbite while also being provided with enough oxygen to keep things functioning.
  5. Collect eggs more frequently.
    Temperatures below freezing result in frozen eggs. Moreover, as the egg freezes, the contents expand and will cause the egg to crack.
  6. Keep the chicken coop draft-free.
    But don’t seal it completely. Exchange air to prevent ammonia buildup. Open the top vent or higher windows slightly so fresh air can enter and stale air can exit.
  7. Keep the chicken coop dry.
    Remove any wet spots daily. Provide more bedding than you would in other seasons so birds have a place to burrow and stay cozy.
  8. Continue offering activities in the chicken coop.
    Hens will spend more time in the coop, so offer enrichment. For example, logs, sturdy branches, or chicken swings can work well, and place a Purina® Flock Block® supplement in the coop for a nutritious place to peck.

In conclusion, visit Bear Creek Country Store to treat your flock! Check out our poultry feed selection here.

Article Source: Purina Mills

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Closed Thanksgiving Day

Monday, November 15th, 2021

Bear Creek Country Stores are closed on Thursday, November 25, 2021, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

From all our families to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Cattle Mineral Tips for Winter

Sunday, November 14th, 2021

Check out these quick, timely cattle mineral tips for your cattle mineral program. 

  • It can be beneficial to provide organic trace mineral sources to cows as they head into the last trimester. Trace minerals can boost colostrum quality and help in the development of healthy calves. Use a cattle mineral with Availa® 4 60 to 90 days pre-calving.
  • If you have dormant forages and are providing cattle supplements, make sure your mineral provides enough phosphorus to meet cattle needs.
  • Tubs can provide a consistently consumed, easy-access form of cattle mineral when weather conditions are variable.
  • It’s common for cattle to get bored and overconsume mineral in a dry-lot setting. Consider mixing cattle mineral into the total mixed ration (TMR) to control consumption.
  • Make sure a cattle mineral feeder is in a winter-accessible location, and keep the cattle mineral feeder clear of snow when possible.