1. Traeger Grills - Top 10 Recipes

    Traeger Top 10 Recipes

    If you've never had food from a Traeger grill, then you are really missing out. Whether you're cooking meat, fish, or veggies you will get the best flavors and tenderness every single time. Below are Traeger's Top Ten recipes to get you going on your grill! 

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  2. 3 FREE Easter Craft Printables For Kids Of All Ages

    Easter Craft Activities

    We love these awesome printables from Melissa and Doug. Get kids ready and excited for Easter with these fun Easter Printables! Kids of all ages will enjoy a bunny maze, coloring pages, and more spring-inspired activities!

    Easter Egg-stra Fun Bunny Maze Printable

    Build kids’ problem-solving skills with this maze, counting, and coloring activity!
    Directions: Help the bunny through the maze. Count how many eggs you pick up on the way!

  3. VLOG: Top Six Mosquito Repellent Plants

    By: Jessie Keith

    Check out our top six mosquito repellent plants in this Black Gold video! These patio plants are great for repelling mosquitoes. Each has a lemony fragrance that keeps mosquitoes at bay, and many are culinary herbs or beautiful garden flowers. Get your seeds, soil, planter, tools, and waterer at your local Big R and keep the mosquitos out of your yard! 

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  4. Earthworm Castings (The Scoop On The Poop)

    The term “worm castings” seems to confuse everyone but the plants. Earthworms have been hard at work for centuries rejuvenating soils and helping to convert various types of organic matter into one of nature’s best soil conditioners. Black Gold® has had worm castings as the cornerstone of its product line long before worm castings became the vogue in gardening. Our Earthworm Castings are OMRI Listed, making them a cut above the rest for both traditional and organic gardening.

    Black Gold® Earthworm Castings contain a fertilizer charge. In fact, they are so nutrient-charged that we actually have to register them as a f

  5. Helping Chicks Thrive

    Helping Chicks Thrive

    Many people associate spring with fuzzy baby chicks but modern hatchery practices make chicks available year-round. Once you know which breed is right for you, select a reputable hatchery or dealer from which to purchase your chicks.

    Young chicks must have a brooder for warmth and protection. Prepare the brooder by cleaning and disinfecting it at least two days before the chicks arrive. Once it has dried, cover the floor with 4 to 6 inches of dry litter material. Pinewood shavings or sawdust is recommended to aid in disease prevention. Hardwood litter is not recommended. Place the brooder in a draft-free location. Carefully position an incandescent bulb about a foot above the box floor to provide heat and add a second light in case one bulb burns out.

    Newly hatched chicks will find their perfect temperature in the brooder. If it’s too hot under the bulb chicks will move away from the heat; if too cool they'll move closer. Give chicks s

  6. How Much Heat Should Baby Chicks Have?

    How Much Heat Should Baby Chicks Have?

    Baby chicks have the remarkable ability to find their ideal zone of warmth in the brooder and if you simply note your chicks’ positions, you’ll know whether the brooder temperature is too hot, not warm enough, or juuuuust right.

    Temperature Correct

    If the heat level is just right, chicks will be evenly spread throughout the brooder. With adequate food and fresh water, you’ll hear them making contented peeping sounds.

    Temperature Too High

    If your chicks are spread out around the perimeter of the brooder the temperature is likely too high. Raise the heat lamp another couple of inches and/or switch to lower wattage bulbs. The chicks will be silent and you may notice them panting and heads drooping.

    Temperature Too Low

    If the brooder is too cool, chicks will huddle together directly under the heat lamp. They will be noisy, a sign of distress. Lower the lamp closer to the floor of the b

  7. Care Tips For Healthy Hens

    Care Tips for Healthy Hens

    Raising layer hens is an investment in fresh, wholesome eggs. Your hens will perform best if they have room to live and roam, nutritious feed, fresh water, and a safe, comfortable coop to nest and roost.

    Your coop should have a minimum of four square feet of space per hen, and one perch and one nest box for every four or five hens. Spread a 6-inch layer of shavings or sawdust on the floor to absorb droppings and give the birds a place to take a dust bath. Chickens tolerate temperature extremes but will suffer in cold winter drafts or stifling summer heat. Make sure the coop is free of drafts during the winter and well ventilated in the summer.

    Protect your chickens from predators by keeping them penned within good, sturdy fencing and closing the coop door each evening after your flock goes to roost.

    Because hens rarely find enough nutrients on their own for a complete, balanced diet, your choice of feed is important. Selec

  8. Types of Poultry

    Types of Poultry


    Many different breeds of chickens have been developed for different purposes. For simplicity, you can place them into three general categories: Laying, meat-producing and dual-purpose breeds.

    Laying Breeds:

    These breeds are known for their egg-laying capacity. Popular laying breeds include the White Leghorn, Red Sex Link and Black Sex Link breeds. A healthy hen will lay eggs for several years. Hens begin to lay at approximately 16–20 weeks of age and will lay between 20–23 dozen eggs the first year. At 14 months, laying hens usually begin to molt, the process by which they drop their old feathers and grow new ones. No eggs are laid during this period. After molting, hens will lay larger but fewer eggs per year (about 16–18 dozen).

    Meat Breeds:

    Meat-producing breeds are very efficient at converting feed to meat, producing approximately one pound of bodyweight for every two pounds of feed they eat. A pop

  9. Painted Sky Designs Story - Outdoor Furniture

    Painted Sky Designs Story - Outdoor Furniture

    Here at Big R, we are excited to be bringing in a new line of outdoor furniture from Painted Sky Designs. Check it out HERE.

    "We are a family-owned company located in Dubuque, Iowa.  Painted Sky Designs began in 2003 with an idea to apply our creative vision to the outdoor living marketplace and offer attractive, long lasting furniture that speaks to a variety of specific lifestyle themes. Our goal was to be the antithesis of the bland, low quality furniture that has flooded the industr

  10. Get Your Horse Ready for Spring With These 8 Tips

    Spring is here!  Now is a great time to check our equine companions and make sure they are as prepared for the change in weather as we are.

    Regardless of the care your horse has been given this past winter, a spring prep inspection is definitely required as spring brings its own set of issues. Vetericyn has put together a list of 8 areas to start with.


    1. Immunizations
    Vaccinations can help protect your horse from several diseases, such as West Nile Virus. Which like some other diseases can be transmitted by insects that are more active in warm weather. Other di