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Twelve Days of Christmas…for Animal Lovers

I know you’ve all heard the famous little song called the Twelve Days of Christmas. 

But do you know when it originated?  1780.  And where?  In England

And what for?  It is said that it possibly began as a Twelfth Night “memories-and-forfeits” game in which a leader recited a verse, each of the players repeated the verse, the leader added another verse, and so on until one of the players made a mistake.  The player who erred had to pay a penalty such as offering up a kiss or a sweet.

So, it’s an interesting concept.  Why don’t you try that little game with your family and friends this Christmas when everyone is done eating and napping?  However, let’s make it more interesting and challenging.  I’ve made up new lyrics which we will call the Twelve Days of Christmas…for Animal Lovers for the purposes of this Hubbard Life blog.

I’m just reciting the twelfth and final day in print here, but you know how it goes by starting out at the first day…and repeating it by adding one more verse each time until you get through the twelfth.

Here it goes: 

 On the Twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:

12 Eggs to gather

11 Heifers grazing

10 Bags of sheep feed

9 Rabbits hopping

8 Horses neighing

7 Bales of Hay

6 Goats a kidding

5 Bags of kitty litter

4 Cats chasing mice

3 Squealing pigs

2 Barking dogs

And a Rooster crowing in the yard

How about that for a new twist?  Should test the memory a little…good luck and have fun with it!

And remember, if you have some of the critters mentioned in the lyrics then you can find Hubbard Life Quality Feed products for your animals at a Hubbard dealer near you or on our website:

Happy singing and have a very Merry Christmas!

Posted on 12/21/2012 by Amy Brown  |  Category: Cat, Dog, Equine, Goat, Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep
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Caring Means Sharing: Our pets love gifts too!

The Holiday Season is quickly approaching and with it comes a sense of showing our care for others that are a big part of our lives whether it is family or friends.  Being the ‘Pet Lovers’ we are we also want to show them we care as well. 

Be cautious as to what you pick for your pets making sure that it is not only safe for your pets but also safe for the children that play with the pets and often with the pet’s toys.  My 18 month old granddaughter loves to play with her two Havanese friends’ toys, often teasing them until they playfully pull them away from her.  She even competes with them for their bed for nap time.  So the toys for Roscoe and Tempe must be safe for her as well as the dogs.  That means selecting quality toys that are safe for all.  Your best place to shop for quality pet toys is going to be at ‘full-line pet stores’ where you will find the better quality toys. Many of our dealers that sell Hubbard Life products also have quality toys.

And while you’re at a Hubbard Life dealer’s store be sure to pick up some more Hubbard Life for all the animals in your kingdom.  You can check out what is available through Hubbard Life by going to

Another consideration for the ‘sharing’ part of the Holidays is to pick up an extra bag of pet food and drop it at your local animal shelter.  Or if you are looking for a fun way to demonstrate to your family how to share consider volunteering at your local animal shelter.  Most are in need of both the pet food and the caring hands to give some much needed attention to an animal that is in need.

Hubbard Life wishes you, your family and your pets a Merry, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Posted on 12/17/2012 by Dr. Dave Whittington  |  Category: Cat, Dog, Equine, Goat, Poultry, Sheep
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Are Your Chickens Ready for Winter? Get them ready for the cold with these tips.

The other day I promised to feed the chickens when I got home.   It was dark and about 30° F and had rained all day.  I opened the door to the coop (a 10 X 12 shed with a wooden floor) and there were all my chickens huddled together in a corner (except the one that likes to sleep with its head in the battery of laying boxes and rear end sticking outside but that is another day’s story).   

It reminded me to think about winterizing the building  for winter.  I installed a ridge vent, two high windows on south and north side and a lower screen for ventilation when the coop was built.   I placed the glass panes back into the two windows and covered part of the lower screen to limit but not prevent air movement.  I left the ridge vent open to help pull moisture out of the room for that is one of the worst things for any animal in the winter.  I also plugged in a heated dog water bowl.  This year I might try something that I read somewhere…cut a piece of plywood to fit on top of the water bowl and cut holes in the edges.  This will allow the birds still drink water but helps keep some of the heat in and helps limit the chance of tipping the water bowl into the bedding.    I then went to the horse barn for some of the sawdust bedding and put several inches down in the coop.  We use self-feeders that hang on the wall so I do not worry about the bedding getting into them. 

I will get some straight cracked corn and start mixing it in with the Hubbard® Life Homestead® Chicken Layer Feed when it gets really cold outside but normally I let them eat all they want of their regular feed.   Egg production goes down during this cold time of year but when I think about it, Mother Nature does that for a reason for who would want a chick born in the winter when it is cold and there is little food to find (in the wild).  I normally do not use a heat lamp in the building unless the temperature stays below zero for a while.   

The birds seem to be very content for my daughter’s silkies will come up and talk to me each night.   I do not speak “chicken” very well but they seem to be saying “hi there, pet me” like my dogs do each night… but the birds are much quieter.

Posted on 12/5/2012 by Dr. Ed Bonnette  |  Category: Poultry
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