Frequently Asked Questions

All your questions, answered.

Below are the most frequently asked questions we get in-store, but don’t hesitate to contact us with your specific questions. Or swing by and ask in person!

 

Our team is committed to educating ourselves so we can answer any question you send our way. And if we don’t know, we will find out.

 

 

Pet FAQs | Gardening FAQs | Equine FAQs | Wild Birds FAQs | Fencing FAQs

 

Pet FAQs

Pet Food

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1. Do you have any tips for people considering switching their pets to a raw diet?

We typically see great results when people switch their pet to a raw diet. Be prepared for a little more work and planning ahead at feeding time. You will need to create a routine of getting some food thawed or pulled out a few days ahead of time. You should use stainless steel bowls, and always wash them after each meal. Remember you are dealing with raw meat, so always wash your hands after handling and make sure that children aren’t touching/playing with it. People often times feed their raw food outside. Despite some facets that may be a little more time consuming; palatability is generally very good, and people typically see great benefits to feeding raw.

2. What makes your pet food selection “healthier”? What does that even mean?

We try to carry a variety of lines, at a variety of price points that are best for both pets, and pet parents. We don’t necessarily have anything that can’t be found anywhere else, but we take time to choose foods that we feel offer an overall positive benefit to pets. Not all of our foods are elite category nutritionally, however we don’t carry brands such as Beneful, even though it is incredibly recognizable, we feel there are better alternatives within that price range.

3. How should I diagnose my pet’s needs when considering healthier food?

If there are things in your pet your not happy with;
Weight, Skin/Coat Issues, Lethargic, runny eyes, itchy.
These are all signs that might suggest trying a different food.

4. What specific symptoms have you seen/heard are impacted positively by a switching to a healthier pet food?

Less vet visits, no more itching, shiny coat, more energy, better teeth, better breath, smaller stools, feeding less food.

5. What are the pros and cons of wet vs dry food?

Wet food is typically more palatable. If you are having trouble getting your pet to eat you can often times mix in a little wet food to get them to eat. Wet food is also great for animals with mouth and teeth problems. Wet food is more important for cats because of the high moisture content. It can be fed as a complete diet, it is typically more expensive to do so in dogs, especially large dogs.

6. How should I introduce my pet to a new diet?

We, as well as all of the manufacturers recommend switching pet diets over gradually over a period of a week to ten days. You should introduce new foods slowly, starting by using ¼ new food ¾ old. Progressing in a few days to half and half, and slowly eliminate the old food altogether. Remember when thinking about switching foods to always leave about a weeks worth of your old food in order to make the transition. Always carefully read the labels and feeding recommendations of new foods, they may not be the same as your old food. Also, be honest with yourself about your pets weight, and activity level when reading the feeding suggestions.

7. How can I evaluate how well my pet is taking to a new diet?

There are some different things to pay attention to when evaluating how your pet is adjusting to a new food. One is obviously palatability. Is your pet eating it well? You should also keep an eye on stools, a change in foods can lead to runny stools, however in time they should become and stay relatively solid. Also watch your pets coat, is it getting shiny and smooth? Is your pet itching more or less? Are their eyes running, more or less? Does your pet have normal energy, or is he/she lethargic and un-energetic? You know you’re pets behaviors better than anyone, monitor them; if your seeing negative effects, possibly your pet is not taking well to a new food. If your seeing positive changes, then you’ve probably found a winner!

8. Can I sample different foods with you/my pet before committing to a new brand?

Occasionally we have samples of different brands. It can be difficult to keep up to date samples of all our foods. Generally we recommend people try a small bag to start. Because of the guarantee, it is really a no risk situation for customers to try a new food.

9. Can I return half eaten pet food bags/cans if my pet does not like it? Or trade them to try another brand?

All of the brands of pet food we carry offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Whether your pet won’t eat the food, or its not agreeing with them, simply bring back the back, your receipt, and what’s left of the product and we’ll be happy to give you your money back; as well as help you find an alternative solution.

10. Is my vet the only person who should be telling me what I feed my pet? What is the value or options for alternate input?

Obviously vets are incredibly influential in terms of the guiding you in terms of your overall pet health. That being sad, vets are not nutritionists. We always encourage people to consult their veterinarians, however there are also other sources you can use to re-search pet foods. Dogfoodadvisor.com is an unbiased website that does a nice job breaking down and evaluating pet foods.

We generally recommend that you do stay away from foods where corn is one of the first few ingredients. One interesting things to note is that people sometimes are afraid of foods that contain a “meat” meal. Such as chicken meal. Meals are actually the entire protein source essentially cooked down. Meat meals contain a higher concentrated amount of protein and less water than for example deboned chicken.

11. What should I be looking for in my pet’s food ingredients, and what should I be avoiding?

There are different things to look for and avoid in pet foods. Many of these vary in every individual pet. One of the key things we try to push people away from are foods containing wheat, corn, or soybean. These grains are some of the most common allergens in pet foods. It is important to remember that dogs and cats are carnivores, they’re primary diet should consist of meat. That being said, some grains are not detrimental to all pets. There are some very good quality foods that may contain some grains that you may find work very well for your pet. We are finding that completely grain free foods are producing very good results with pets. We are seeing healthier shinier coats, less itching and irritation, smaller stools, and overall more energetic healthy animals.

We generally recommend that you do stay away from foods where corn is one of the first few ingredients. One interesting things to note is that people sometimes are afraid of foods that contain a “meat” meal. Such as chicken meal. Meals are actually the entire protein source essentially cooked down. Meat meals contain a higher concentrated amount of protein and less water than for example deboned chicken.

12. What is the difference between “Organic” vs “All Natural” vs “Holistic”?

Pet foods that are certified Organic are few. We currently don’t have any lines that are certified “Organic” as far a dog/cat food. All organic means that the inputs have to meet standards that qualify as organic, just as in organic food that we eat. Pet food is trickier, where we may eat organic beef, and organic greens for dinner. There are more components that make up a complete pet food that would all need to be organic in order to be truly organic. The words all natural and holistic get thrown around a lot, and there’s really no definition or way to police the use of these words to describe pet food. The best way to judge this is to do some re-search about the brands your considering. Go to their websites, see where they source their inputs, where there food is made, and by whom. Evaluate the companies and make an educated judgment. We tend to use “holistic” to describe quality foods that include whole ingredients and limited grains. However, as I mentioned there’s no cut and dry answer to define pet foods as “All Natural” or “Holistic”.

13. Why can’t I find these brands at the grocery store or chain pet food stores?

Some of the brands we carry may be found in grocery or chain stores. However there are some that we carry that are only in independent retailers. These brands tend to be high end and the manufacturers feel it is important that they are sold in smaller stores, where employees can explain the benefits of the foods and sell them properly. We also have some brands that we buy directly from the manufacturers, and they are not sold through a wholesaler. These foods are often good quality, and slightly cheaper because they are not going through a middleman, rather direct from the manufacturer to us.

14. Do you only carry food, or can I find other pet supplies in your stores?

We carry a full line of pet supplies. We carry food, leashes, beds, collars, harnesses, crates, bowls, treats, toys, and we make or order pet tags.

15. How will I know if my pet food has a rewards program, and can you help me redeem my pet food rewards?

We do our best in the store to inform you if your pet food has a frequent buyer program. Many of the foods we carry offer free bag programs, where when you buy a certain number of bags you then get a free bag. Lots of these programs can be tracked through our point of sale computer system. So one of the best things customers can do is sign up for our loyalty program in store. Any frequent buyer program we can track within out system will automatically be tracked by giving your name when you cash out at the register. Some of our foods offer programs that we cannot track, for example you may need to save UPC’s of proofs of purchase. In these instances, we try to inform customers, and provide them with the appropriate envelopes and documents to track their own progress. All foods in the store qualify for our in store, buy 300 pounds, receive a $5 off shelf goods coupon.


Pet Supplies

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1. Are there any unique products that you carry to help pets though the summer heat and winter cold?

We have many different items for pets during cold weather. We have heated water bowls, beds, and mats. All stores have a selection of coats and boots for dogs that are more sensitive to the cold. One of the cool products that we carry are called “Pawz”. They are a rubber boot, which resemble a balloon. These are ideal for keeping pets paws off of the salt and ice of winter, They are disposable and come in fun colors.

2. Do you have any pet behavior management tools.(for: separation anxiety, leash pulling).

We have different products to help aid in different behavior management issues. For anxiety we have different treats and and chews that can help. We also sell thunder shirts, which can help pets with anxiety and thunderstorms. We carry different style harnesses and leashes that aid in pulling. We also have clickers for training. Remember all of these items are tools to help in the training process. They are not typically the “end all” solutions. It still takes work with your pet and time to correct behavioral issues.

3. Are there any materials in pet toys or treats that I should be cautious of?

There are lots of different items that different people believe to be “not good” for pets. Rawhide is one example that many people believe to be dangerous. Primarily because it can be a choking hazard. We typically tell people to just be sure in supervise their pets when they give them rawhides, treats, and toys. It is also important to give puppies the appropriate chews and toys as their teeth can be sensitive when they are young.

4. If I’m looking for a specific product for my pet, would GFY be able to help me order it?

We’re always happy to special order pet items for customers if we can get them from one of our suppliers. We are also always looking and listening for new products or products that people are looking for that we don’t typically currently stock.

5. Do you have a favorite GFY pet related product and why?

All of them! We have so many cool items. Self-warming pet beds are pretty neat. Lupine leashes and collars are great, with their lifetime guarantee (even if chewed).
Also pill pockets are great for getting medications into pets. Grizzly salmon oil is great for providing Omega oils and improving skin/coat.

Canidae is a terrific pet food company. They have terrific foods at each level. Grain-Free, and Holistic/Premium. They are family owned and operated in Texas. They own their own plant and make their own food.

Gardening FAQs

Gardening

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1. What are the most common questions from customers?

“My veggies have beautiful green, leafy tops, but why no production?” (cukes, spuds, tomatoes etc.) In this case the answer would be too much nitrogen, not enough phosphorus and potash.
Pest control questions.

2. Is gardening with organic seeds or starters more difficult than gardening with non-organic?

No.

3. Are the products needed different?

Yes.

4. What is your #1 tip for a new gardener?

Start with a small and manageable garden, so it’s less of a burden, and more enjoyable.

5. What is your top tip for the experienced gardener?

Test your soil before adding amendments. In other words, don’t take a step before you know where you stand.

6. How do you see gardening changing year by year?

People are leaning more towards organic, and non G.E. gardening and products.

7. What’s the difference and benefit of “all natural” products compared to organic?

Organic products are derived from a certified process, where all ingredients are subject to oversight by state agencies such as OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) and NOFA (Northern Organic Farming Association). Products using words like “all natural” and “holistic” are not subject to any oversight, and most likely are not certified organic. Certified organic products do not contain, or are processed with, any man-made, or synthesized materials.

8. What should I be looking for when I evaluate the ingredients of products I’m using in my garden?

For fertilizers, understanding the nutrient analysis is critical. Knowing what your garden needs, (via soil tests) and knowing what the products contain results in higher yields, and healthier plants. For pest control, knowing the difference between chemical and “natural” or organic products will help you make decisions you are more comfortable with.

9. What are the differences and difficulties between vegetable gardening and flower gardening?

Aside from the different types of plants, both vegetable and flower gardening share many similar challenges. Soil health, sun exposure, pruning, and pest control are all important factors in a healthy and thriving garden.

10. What is the easiest way to diagnose bugs, or issues with my plants?

Capturing any insect that is causing damage in your garden is always best, but not always easy. Keeping a written record regarding when the damage seems to occur, and photographing the damage can help in diagnosing the situation. Bringing samples of the insects, or any diseased plant matter to us is the best way to accurately assess any issues you may be having.

11. What is the biggest mistake or overlooked aspect you see people making in gardening usually?

Not testing the soil before adding amendments. Or not fertilizing at all.

12. What variables should I factor in when I plan to start a garden?

Location, size, all aspects of soil quality, and access to water.

13. What’s the biggest cause of garden failure you see and how can I avoid it?

Poor soil. Soil is the foundation of any growing environment, whether a window box or a 100 acre farm. If it is not sound, like any other foundation, it will not support anything.

14. How do I select the best seeds/plants for my garden? What should I consider?

You need to know what hardiness zone your garden is located in. Your hardiness zone is determined by the average minimum temperature of your area. If your seeds/plants are rated for a zone 5, and you are planting in a zone 4, your plants may not survive. Aside from that, the seeds and plants you choose are subject to your likes and dislikes, such as conventional or organic plants.

15. What’s the best use of annuals vs. perennials? Is there a chance any annuals might come back? Can I up that chance?

Annuals are great for containers and borders that can be changed annually. Perennials are usually planted in a more permanent environment. Sometimes a plant is considered a perennial in a warmer climate or hardiness zone, and considered an annual, or a “tender” perennial here in Vermont. Some annuals can be brought inside for the winter, and some can be left in the ground, cut back and mulched over the remaining crown.

16. What vegetables grow best in Vermont?

The Vermont growing season gives us long days and moderate temperatures. Although crops that prefer hot weather, like tomatoes and peppers, will do well in a typical season, crops like peas, corn, salad greens, beets, carrots and potatoes do very well.

17. What flowers grow best in Vermont?

Many perennials do well here in Vermont, and for annuals, marigolds, petunias, pansies, and coleus will do extremely well.

18. What adventure in gardening would you suggest to the professional gardener for a new challenge or option?

Straw bale gardening is fun, something different, and a great option for those with limited space

19. What is the biggest misconception people have about gardening in Vt?

That warm weather crops, like sweet potatoes, won’t grow here.

20. Do you have a favorite GFY lawn/garden related product and why?

Pro Grow organic fertilizer is my favorite, because I have found it is the best organic, all-purpose fertilizer on the market. Works great on flowers, vegetables, and lawns.

Equine FAQs

Equine

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1. What are the most common questions you get from customers?

The most common question we get is really “what should I feed/use on my horse?” whether it pertains to grain or supplements, treats, blankets, first aid etc. Most of our customers really rely on our knowledge and experience to help them make the crucial decision of which product is best for their given situation.

2. What is your number one tip when looking at equine products?

I think the best things customers can do for themselves is to do some preliminary research about the products they’re interested in. This can be good or bad; sometimes too much information from a lot of different resources can really overwhelm people if they’re not entirely sure which way is the best to go in the first place. But I think having a basic understanding of nutrition or the way different ways ingredients affect horses (like joint supplements for example) can make it easier for customers to make a decision when we’re helping them.

3. How have you seen the trends and products change in equine?

Specific to grain the main trend has been that more and more customers are looking for feeds that are lower in NSC or sugars and starches, followed by a more recent trend in feeding concentrates that are made from GMO free ingredients. I think that as customers take a closer look at what they themselves are eating, they start to pay closer attention to what their dogs, cats, horses and even chickens eat on a regular basis as well.

The same type of trend has occurred in the non-feed size of equine products as well. We’ve added quite a few all natural and/or organic products that customers wish to use on their horses, like fly spray, supplements, first-aid products etc.

4. Do you have a favorite GFY equine related product and why?

Of course I haven’t tried everything there is available for horses, but of the products we carry in the store, I feel really confident in the products from the Farnam Company. They manufacture quite a few different product lines for horses, from supplements to fly spray to first-aid products. I really feel confident in recommending their products because I feel like they stand behind them both for me as a retailer and that carries through to the consumer. I’ve had a lot of experience with their products over the years and have always been really satisfied with their effectiveness, price and the research that goes into them.

Wild Birds FAQs

Wild Birds

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1. What are the most common questions you get from customers?

Most commonly people ask what type of bird feeder/seed is going to attract the widest variety of birds, and then also what type of birds they should be looking to attract in their area?

2. What should a person new to wild birds be aware of?

The main important thing to be aware of are the wild bird feeding laws in the state of Vermont specifically. Mainly the feeding season should only be from beginning of November to the end of March or early April; typically when the bears go in and out of hibernation.

3. What is your number one tip for people new to attracting wild birds?

I suggest customers start small with one mixed seed feeder and a suet feeder and then change from there; it’s a great way to see what kind of birds you have so you can then make changes and add feeders that are particular to the species you have the most.

4. Can you help me attract a specific type of bird to my yard?

There are a few different types of feeders that can draw certain types of birds, as well as seeds that are more favored by certain birds as well. A couple examples would be thistle seed being more attractive to finches and small song birds, and safflower seed being more exclusive to cardinals.

5. What are the common misconceptions about birdseed/mixes?

The most common misconception is that all bird seed and mixes are the same, regardless of price or where you purchase it.

6.What are the biggest difference between brands of bird seed mix?

The main difference is going to be the quality of seed in the mixes, a lot of times customers will buy a lesser expensive seed and will end up actually spending more money in the long run because their birds throw out more seed, and go through it faster.

7. How important is brand name versus generic?

Typically brand names will cost more money because their seed is higher quality, but that being said sometimes stores will have a home brand that is mixed specifically for their region, and it will have a really high quality of seeds.

8. Are there any products, food or materials I should be careful of for the safety and health of the birds in my yard?

The main thing customers need to take care with is the age and quality of the seed they’re feeding. If the seed is unappealing visually or has an odor, I tell customers to replace the seed immediately.

9. What is the biggest danger for wild birds in my yard and how can I lessen that?

One of the biggest dangers for the birds specifically is mainly for customers who also have indoor/outdoor cats. Occasionally cats, both house and feral will catch and kill wild birds while they’re feeding.

10. What other animals might be attracted to my yard if I start feeding wild birds?

A wide variety can and usually will visit at some point, depending of course on the environment you live. The most frequent wildlife to visit is squirrels and chipmunks, as those are common across the board. Some people who live in more rural areas will find they are visited by turkeys, deer, and bear.

11. Is it better to make my own mix? Can Guy’s help me with that?

It really depends on the specific bird feeding situation. Sometimes mixing ingredients together (sunflower, safflower, peanut pieces etc) can be helpful if you’re looking to avoid certain common seeds in your mixes (like millet or cracked corn). We sell the majority of the products you find in mixes separately, and in a variety of sizes (5 pounds, 10, 20, 40 etc) so customers can manipulate their mixes accordingly.

12. What are the differences between styles of birdfeeders and the pros and cons of these different styles?

There are a HUGE variety of bird feeders, everything from those capable of dispensing mixed seed, to nyjer seed, to ones specific to hummingbird feeders. And even further than that we get tube feeders, platform feeders, ranch style feeders, mesh feeders and more.

The main consideration people need to have when deciding on a bird feeder is where they’re going to put it. If you’re looking to hang a feeder close to your house, a smaller one that hangs off a porch railing is going to be more appropriate than a feeder for the middle of the yard that holds 12-15 pounds of seed.

The pros and cons of the different types of feeders is strictly related to the set up the customer is dealing with and the type of birds they’re looking to attract.

13. What are the differences in the types of bird seed and the pros and cons of these different types?

The differences in the types of bird seed is mainly related to the ingredients they are made of. The only real pro/con situation is for customers who want to have a “clean” or “hulless” seed mix. We have quite a few options for those who desire this, from shelled sunflower seed (chips or hearts), to pre-made mixes with no shells (Lyric and Aspen Song have these).

We offer everything from straight black oil sunflower (most popular seed, most desired by wild birds, least expensive), to sunflower chips or hearts (comes from either black oil sunflower or grey striped sunflower), to corn, millet, peanut pieces, safflower and nyjer seed. Pretty much every bird will eat any of these, except for a few specific species.

14. What makes wild bird care in VT unique?

Vermont has a unique bird feeding scene in that we are part of the migratory pattern for many types of birds, so the opportunity to see unusual birds at our feeders in spring and fall is really high, and quite fun!

15. How often should I change my bird bath water?

Bird bath water should be changed two to three times a week, depending on the time of year it is. I also suggest to customers to use a product to make the water in their bird bath move, we have one called a “water wiggler”, or statuary fountains also work well too. This is more attractive to wild birds and it will help to lessen the growth of bacteria or mosquitos from standing water

16. How often should I freshen the bird seed in my feeder?

It really depends a lot on the weather, if there is a lot of wet, damp weather the seed should be checked on to ensure that it is not moldy or clumping; this can happen really easily and since wild birds don’t have a sense of smell or taste, they will continue to eat the unhealthy seed and could potentially get sick. If the seed is moldy or clumpy customers should throw the seed (or compost it) and clean their feeders.

17. What are the prime times of day that birds will feed and bathe in my yard?

That question can be fairly dependant on the type of birds you have. Cardinals by nature are very shy birds so they will feed typically at dawn and dusk, with the occasional visit if they feel safe during the day. Goldfinches, Chickadees, Blue Jays and the like will usually feed throughout the entire day.

18. How often should I replace my bird feeder? If at all?

Bird feeders really don’t need to be replaced unless they are broken or faulty.

19. Is there any maintenance involved with bird houses, feeders, or baths?

Feeders should be cleaned regularly, especially if the weather is damp and rainy and the potential for mold buildup is high. I try to clean my feeders once a month, year round; I use a vinegar and water solution; we also sell enzyme based products that clean the feeders as well. Hummingbird feeders should be cleaned and changed much more frequently in the summer as the heat can make the nectar solution go rancid. Bird bath water should also be changed a few times a week as it can become undesirable as the bids use it to bathe in.

20. Is there a concern with attracting particular birds in my yard? Do some birds get along better than others? And should I consider this when buying feeders and seed?

The main concern when feeding birds is that some larger birds can be rather bullish towards the smaller song birds; those specifically can be grackles, cowbirds, blackbirds and blue jays. I personally find the majority of my birds get along quite well, but the blue jays will occasionally push the smaller birds out of the feeders. There are a few ways to exclude larger birds from feeding, those are cage type feeders with smaller openings which songbirds can get through but larger birds cannot. another option would be feeders designed to reduce squirrel accessibility. these are based on a spring closing system that uses the weight of the animal or bird to close it, the tension can be adjusted according to the animal you wish to exclude.

I also suggest to customers who know they have both large and small birds to try and space out their feeders if possible, this allows the larger birds to have their space and the smaller birds to have theirs.

21. How can I get my kids/family/friends involved in wild bird care with me?

The national audubon society has an awesome program called the “Great Backyard Bird Count” which usually runs during the month of February. This is a great way to keep track of the types of birds you have at your feeder as well as see what other people across the country have seen too!

Birds of Vermont Museum and the Audubon of Vermont also have great camps and bird walks and informational programs that are super kid and family friendly; GFY supports both of those organizations and provides sponsorship to special events and they have partnered with us to do birding talks etc.

22. What are the biggest mistakes people make that I can avoid in wild bird care?

The most common mistake I see people make is buying inexpensive seed. I am really a full believer in that paying just a little more for a higher quality seed mix will be more beneficial in the long run because the birds will waste much less seed.

I also find that customers expect birds to just show up immediately when they put out seed. Wild birds are prey animals, so they need to be sure the space they’re feeding at is safe, so it may take them a little while to find security in the feeder. I suggest to people they try to place their feeder in a semi natural setting, like a tree or shrub which they can find cover in.

23. Do you have a favorite GFY wild bird related product and why?

I really don’t have a super specific product that I like more than any other, but I have lines of products that I favor over others. I really like the Droll Yankee line of products, I feel like they stand up for the products they manufacture and retail and provide excellent customer service to both retailers and consumers. I also am really impressed by Nature’s Way bird products for their use of cedar and bamboo in their lines of bird feeders; both are naturally insect and rot resistant. I also really like the Squirrel Buster line of feeders, I have personally had great success with the feeder I bought and they are probably the most popular squirrel resistant line of feeders I’ve sold over the last 8 years I’ve been working for GFY.

Fencing FAQs

Fencing

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1. What are the most common questions you get from customers?

The most common questions we get generally pertain to the types of fencing we carry, how things should be put together and installed, and what type is best for a given situation.

2. What should a person looking for new fencing be aware of?

Mostly customers should be aware of the geographical situation they are in, i.e. is their land flat or rolling? What type of soil do they have? Lots of trees or brush in the area in which they’re fencing in? These questions can really determine the style of fencing and size of energizer we steer them towards. It’s also helpful if customers have a basic awareness of how a fence works, but that can be learned as they go along.

3. What should I consider in picking out my fencing?

This kind of ties in with the previous question: areas with heavy change in landscape (such as hills) typically do better with a product like braided rope, as it is more forgiving. Another thing customers should consider when picking out fencing is that they’re not only frequently fencing animals in, but predators out. This can help determine the type of fencing (for visibility purposes) and also the size of energizer they need.

4. What materials could be dangerous to my animals, if they are part of my fencing?

Generally we see the most concern around wire fencing, anywhere from smooth galvanized to barbed wire. Generally speaking, we sell barbed wire more these days as a land barrier, or for large expansive areas of fencing where livestock (typically cows) will be in but not pressured to graze right up against it… typically not a product used to fence in horses. Smooth wire (galvanized) fencing is the most affordable and is the least complicated to install, but it also comes with some risks; the most common is livestock getting tangled up in it if they have been spooked into rushing the fence. But that being said, galvanized wire fencing is the most popular of all our fencing products.

5. What’s the biggest mistake people make in selecting fencing?

Most commonly people choose a material that isn’t appropriate for their specific situation. The product a customer would use around their garden or perimeter of a chicken run is going to be pretty different from the product they’d use around a pasture to fence in cows, horses, etc. Choosing a product that doesn’t have the correct level of conductivity can cut down on the effectiveness of the fence and cause quite a headache.

6. What’s the biggest mistake people make in installing fencing?

The most common mistake is with the energizer, grounding it, and connecting everything to the fence itself. You can have miles of fence but the wrong grounding situation can totally eliminate the flow of electricity. I try to give my customers a good understanding of how the grounding system works with their fence, I’m a pretty visual person so I find myself drawing it out for customers pretty often.

7. Can you quickly explain the differences between the different fencing options you carry?

Electric Fencing:
We carry smooth galvanized wire, tape (various widths ½” to 1½”), and braided rope in various diameters, as well as poultry/goat/sheep netting. The difference in the prices of these products directly relates to the number of metal filaments running through each inch of the product. The more metal, the greater the conductivity, the higher the price.

Non-Electric Fencing:
We sell both welded wire and woven wire fencing. The welded wire is typically used for gardens, pet enclosures and for backyards. Woven wire comes in a few different gauges and heights, depending on the type of animal customers are looking to fence in. We sell chicken wire (1” and 2” hex), in various heights and lengths; this is a 20-gauge wire, so it’s really easy to manipulate around any enclosure.

8. What is your number one tip for success?

The best thing I can suggest to customers to make the whole fencing process easier (from buying to installing) is to have the plan drawn out before they even start. Measuring the perimeter they’re going to be fencing is super helpful for me because then I can better advise them on all aspects of the materials they need, from the number of fence posts, bags of insulators, and rolls of material they need. This will help to eliminate the ever fearful event of shortages during a big project!