corn feed


I know a lot of folks feel sorry for deer in the winter, especially when it looks like there’s not much for them to eat. I also know that some people, having seen deer eating gleanings out of fields, think it’s helpful to leave some corn out for the deer. As a nutritionist, I beg you, DON’T. 

Deer are ruminants, which means digestion relies on microbes in their gut to help break down forages. These microbes undergo seasonal changes, and in winter, fiber-digesters are the dominant type. If deer suddenly eat a large amount of starch-rich food, like corn, what few starch-digesting microbes are in the gut quickly get overwhelmed, and acidosis develops. This can lead to a quick, painful death. What started out as kindness becomes cruelty.

Deer take 2-4 weeks to adapt their guts to changes in diet.  In the wild, this happens as the seasons change, and the deer are fine. But if you overwhelm their gut with energy-rich food in a time of the year when they’re living a lot off of high-fiber food and their own fat reserves, it can lead to sickness and often to death. 

Even if it doesn’t kill them, congratulations, your yard is now a place where they expect food. You may have deer fighting for access to the food, or spreading disease. And things that eat deer now know they can find food near your house.  This can be dangerous to people who let their pets outside - coyotes may view small pets as a snack, as can feral dogs. Not to mention the last thing you want is those same predators getting used to people. Increased deer in residential neighborhoods also increases the risk of deer-car collisions.

In the winter, deer are usually living off of the fat reserves they built all year. Unless it is unusually cold and the county is putting out food, best not to. Deer can handle themselves.  

hunterx700  asked:

I saw your post about Mizar refusing to eat his food longways, and I noticed you fed him a reptilink. I was just wondering if I could ask you about them? I'm curious about how you like them? do you feed them occasionally as a snack, or as a total replacement for mice/rats?


I really like Reptilinks and so do most of my snakes. Prepare for a novel on why.
I know that in the past there was at least one company that made an attempt to offer an alternative product to replace whole feeder animals, but it was made with low grade ground beef and filler and was designed for very large snakes with very squeamish owners and was not an appropriate prey replacement. That failure tainted the image of the “snake sausage” for a long time.

Prey animals like mice, rats, rabbits, and chickens have been the industry standard for a long time, but how good are they really? Most snakes have a varied diet of mammals, amphibians, fish, birds, other reptiles, invertebrates, etc. and their prey also have varied diets in turn. Honestly I doubt very much that there are any wild species of snake that feed exclusively on mice, let alone mice that eat mostly soy and corn-based diets the way commercial mice do. 
I’m not exactly wild about my pets not having variety, and I’m also not wild about factory-farmed mice eating who-knows-what and living who-knows-how, so I tried for a long time to find ways to supplement a single-prey diet. I raised my own colonies and gave them the best lives I could offer and the highest quality food I could find and even made my own rodent diets from scratch. It was time consuming and expensive, but I felt that I was doing my best I could for my pets. My snakes were healthy and my personal ethics were satisfied.
After a move and a promotion at work, I just didn’t have the time to maintain enough mice to feed all of my snakes and also maintain the snakes. I was forced to once again purchase feeders that were raised who-knows-how.

Reptilinks, in contrast to the attempts made by other companies, are designed for all snake sizes and species and marketed towards owners who want MORE for their animals instead of just wanting to pay less or who are merely avoiding having to see a dead animal. They use whole prey, locally sourced and raised for human food, and include bone, fur, feather, entrails, and organs (with the exception of I think the rabbit links, which do not include guts). They’re conveniently sized and priced similarly to equivalent prey, with the added benefit of being more nutrient dense so you can offer smaller prey with the same nutritive value. There are multiple formulations to allow you to select an appropriate prey type with the correct protein and fat ratio to meet the needs of your pet and they also cater to species that usually favor non-mammal prey by offering blends made with various fowl, frogs, and even insects. Just be aware of the fat/protein ratio and the size of the link you’re offering because it is easier to overfeed with Reptilinks.

Not all of my snakes will take Reptilinks, but pretty much all of my hognoses prefer the megablend (Guinea fowl, pheasant, chicken, quail, rabbit, and frog) links to mice and my ratsnakes LOVE the rabbit and rabbit/quail blends, though I have to be careful not to overfeed the latter because quail is quite rich. I usually alternate prey items for snakes who are amicable to it, offering a mouse or rat one week and a reptilink the next so that my snakes get even more variety in their diet, as they would in the wild. I also use the richer reptilinks like quail to help my breeding girls get back into condition after egg laying and I have used links as the next offered meal after a rodent regurge because they’re easier to digest. I have never had a snake regurgitate a Reptilink.

There has been at least one breeder who split a clutch of baby snakes and fed half exclusively mice and the other half exclusively Reptilinks and it seems that the snakes grew at pretty much the same rate. I don’t know that I’d say the links are inherently better than rodent prey, but they certainly are not worse and they do offer greater variation for more well-rounded nutrition, and their devotion to husbandry and customer service are really stellar.
I’m happy to support a small business, my personal ethics are satisfied, and my snakes are happy and healthy.

Everybody wins!

The move is over and I found a little time to snap a photo of this cutie nomming their meeces piece.
We don’t have a photo spot set up yet and it’s a bit hot and a bit bright for outdoor photos, so please forgive the weak photo quality for now.

I’m very much looking forward to getting back to our usual photos and posting schedule.

On of my paintings; a devotional image of Xipe Totec. You can find a print of this image in my Etsy store at this link.

Here, Xipe Totec, the Flayed Lord, is painted as the Lord of the East. He is the Teótl of Spring, corn, and the morning sun. He stands on the head of the goddess of the earth, for the corn is born of her flesh; about his legs grow corn, pumpkins, tomatoes, squash, and amaranth, for as Lord of the Spring he feeds and nourishes us. He wears the skin of a flayed man, for at the dawn of time, he peeled off his own skin, from which grew corn, to feed his starving children. He carries in one pair of hands his Mist Rattle, which announces the coming of the rains. In another hand, a knife, symbolic of his sacrifice, and of death which is necessary to life, and finally, the Red Mirror, in which he sees the future, the past, and the truth of men’s hearts. To either side stand his children, who are us, the Mexicayotl, in adoration.

anonymous asked:

I want to get a pair of something to breed feeders for my corn snake (low scale, not enough to crowd my freezer lmao) and I'm wondering if you think adult mice or young rats of a similar size would be best for a 200 g corn. I have read mixed opinions so your thoughts are appreciated. Also I want to get a bp sometime so already having rats to breed appropriate feeders would be convenient but idk when that will happen!

R@ts have a higher fat content, so when fed to corn snakes they need to be fed less often than mi/ce. You have to be very careful with that, they can easily get fat off of r@ts if not fed correctly. However, for the ease of it, I would go with r@ts now so that way when you do get a bp you will already have a source of food that is large enough to feed an adult. Again, just be careful on how often you feed your corn and how large the meals are. A 20g r@t has higher fat content than a 20g mo/use so needs to be fed less often. Am I rambling? I might be rambling, lol. :)

“there’s an average of 800 kernels on an ear of corn, arranged in even numbered rows. typically, there’s about sixteen rows on a cob, but it can range from 14 to 18, sometimes higher. optimal j\kernels on sweet corn are between 400 and 600 for proper sweetness. but, most corn grown isn’t sweet corn, but rather, feed corn. iowa, the state known for having the most corn, only has about 1% of its yield in sweet corn. the rest is all feed corn. feed corn is used for pretty much everything – livestock, fuel, even for things like corn syrup and corn meal.” 

the signs as rpdr 7 memes
  • aries: pearl smash
  • taurus: no ma'am no pam no ham no turkey
  • gemini: after a long night of hooking,
  • cancer: fame not getting the "how's your head" joke
  • leo: c'mon chinstrap
  • virgo: katya & kennedy's jump splits at the same time
  • libra: pop the corns and feed the children
  • scorpio: nobody caring abt violet's waist
  • sagittarius: max's "accent"
  • capricorn: jasmine's "beard"
  • aquarius: katya's fluent russian
  • pisces: there's always time for a cocktail


Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths) No Taxon  (Moths) Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Erebidae Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths) Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths) Subtribe Arctiina Genus Grammia Species phyllira (Phyllira Tiger Moth - Hodges#8194)

Size Wingspan 34-40 mm Identification Adult: similar to G. parthenice, G. phyllira has a less robust body, deeper pink shade of the hindwing, and the antemedial forewing band is vertical (perpendicular to the inner margin), not perpendicular to the costa as in parthenice. (U. of Alberta) Range Eastern North America Habitat Fields, etc. with host plants Season May-September Food Larvae feed on corn, lupine, tobacco, and other herbs.
Adults probably do not feed.