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Written by Terry Spraque   
Nov 20, 2017 at 03:00 AM


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Picton Farm Supply - where good prices, excellent selection and customer service have always been our motto  

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Bryce Cronk. Photo by Terry SpragueYou can go into almost any store these days and pick up a bar of rendered suet for birds. But if you want a peanut butter suet cake, or a fruit and nut, or raisin crunch, or for those slow days at the bird feeder - high energy suet bars, then you have to go to Picton Farm Supply. It is about the first thing you see upon entering the store at 179 Talbot Street, just on the northern outskirts of town. Tray upon tray of suet cakes - a variety enough to rival the racks of chocolate bars at the local convenience store.

Picton Farm Supply celebrated its 25th year in business in 2012. For a facility that one would expect to spend more time concentrating its attention to feed mixes and agricultural supplies for local farmers, one might think that stocking supplies for birders would be a low priority. However, owner, Bryce Cronk, saw the exploding interest in birds, and especially bird feeding, years ago. Birding is North America’s second most popular hobby, and Bryce was determined to get in on the ground floor. The gamble paid off. There is no other location in Prince Edward County that stocks as many condiments for birds and birders as Picton Farm Supply.

Once your eyes begin to travel beyond the trays of suet cakes, you soon begin to appreciate the burgeoning popularity of birds. Tucked in a corner of the store beyond the work clothes, halters, bag balm and treatments for mastitis, are bird feeders - at least a hundred of them - from basic garden variety models to the creme de la creme of bird feeders, the Droll Yankees. Although bird feeders are available in Picton in hardware stores, and even supermarkets, Bryce is an exclusive dealer in the Picton area for this popular line of feeders, so well built, they are guaranteed for a lifetime.

However, it is the bird feed that has made Picton Farm Supply the county’s first choice when seeking out locations from which to purchase feed. Bryce carefully and attentively listens to his customers when deciding on a formula for his premium mixes, and takes a dim view of so-called budget feeds. Bryce knows that people do not feed birds because they have to, but feed birds because they are eager to have the best variety of birdlife they can around their homes. "It doesn’t make sense to offer a budget feed if you want something better than budget birds at your feeders." Bryce listened to his customers, did his homework and came up with a mix that is not only black with sunflower seed - both black oil seed and large striped seed - but all the necessary ingredients, including peanuts, to attract a colourful clientele.

Quantity is no object. If you are just starting out with a bird feeder and want to experiment with just a small plastic bag of mixed feed, that can be arranged as he will sell you whatever amount you want. If you multi-task Bryce Cronkwith many feeders, he will sell you the jumbo bag, weighing in at a hefty 66 pounds. All ingredients in his popular mix can be purchased separately as well, including the option of buying bags of shelled peanuts or peanuts in the shell, or Nyjer seed. You can purchase a small bag of peanuts so small as to fit in your hand or a large bag that may require shuffling a few things around in your trunk, just to get it in. 

With summer feeding now as popular as winter feeding, Bryce says he now sells many tons of bird feed a year. "I think we actually sell more feed in the summer than we do in the winter," he laughs.

The importance of offering high quality mixed feed at our feeders, free from fillers and questionable seeds, cannot be emphasized enough. Disappearing are the days when we seek out budget feeds from big box stores that need to move their product quickly, and have no expertise in dealing with today’s sophisticated bird conscious public. Bird feeding is big business today, and serious birders take their hobby seriously. Bryce Cronk and his staff at Picton Farm Supply enjoy nothing more than swapping stories and discussing your needs.


  • Black Oil Sunflower Seed (50 lb.)  $25.95  
  • Striped Sunflower Seed (50 lb.)    $24.95
  • Sunflower chips (50 lb.)                $48.95
  • Safflower Seed (50 lb.)                  $33.25
  • Deluxe Mixed Bird Feed (18 kg)    $22.95
  • Deluxe Mixed Bird Feed (25 kg)    $29.95
  • White Millet (50 lb.)                       $16.25
  • Peanuts, in shell (50 lb.)               $84.25
  • Peanuts, out of shell, (50 lb)         $49.80         

These are already bagged up and ready to go! However, smaller quantities are available in whatever amount you need. Be sure to look over their ever increasing variety of bird feeders, suet cakes (less expensive if you buy 12!), and all kinds of accessories to increase your enjoyment of the winter bird feeding season.



Drop in to Picton Farm Supply and see our new shipment of bird feeders, just arrived, for this coming winter! Sunflower seed feeders, nyjer feeders, unique shapes and sizes, even a three-in-one feeder in which you can offer a variety of seeds. There is no hard and fast rule as to which feeder is appropriate. Mostly it is a personal choice. The best method is to never depend on just a single feeder. Purchase a variety of feeders and place them at various locations around your yard. Then sit back and enjoy the show as birds arbitrarily decide which feeder they will frequent today. Remember - we don't feed birds because they NEED us; we feed birds because we want to see them around our premises, and there is nothing wrong with that. Except for days when there is heavy snow cover, or following a sleet storm, birds don't really need us (we need them!). Birds have been birds for thousands of years and they regard our offerings as nothing more than another stop in many that they make in the course of a day. Bird feeding is just downright fun, so come into Picton Farm Supply and pick out the feeder that appeals to you the most. And, don't forget - the secret to success is staying away from so-called budget feeds that are sold at big box stores. They are cheaper because these stores are interested only in capitalizing on a popular hobby, and moving product. At Picton Farm Supply, we listen to the customer, and offer a quality product that birds will consume with little to no waste. Just have a look at our premium mixed feed and you will note that it is black with sunflower seed, both striped and black oil. To attract a good variety of winter birds, you need to offer a quality product and we have that at Picton Farm Supply. Come in today and see for yourself and don't forget to include one or more of our new feeders.

 Order Now for Next Spring Delivery!

Chicks, Turkey Poults, Duckings, Pheasants, Guinea Hen Keets and Goslings

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179 Talbot Street, Picton

Mon-Fri 8 am to 5 pm

Sat. 8 am to 12 pm




Frozen, locally raised chicken

 $8.50/Kg   (2.5-3.5 Kg)

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179 Talbot Street, Picton

Mon-Fri 8am to 5 pm

Sat. 8 am to 12 pm



Stock Tank De_Icers,

Heated Poultry Waterers,

Heated Buckets,

Heated Water Hoses, etc.

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179 Talbot Street, Picton

Mon-Fri 8am to 5 pm

Sat. 8 am to 12 pm





25Kg  $8.85/bag

$8.60 for 10+ bags

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179 Talbot Street, Picton

Mon-Fri 8am to 5 pm

Sat. 8 am to 12 pm



























$5.20 each

$5.00 for 10+

$4.95 for 20+

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179 Talbot Street, Picton

Mon-Fri 8am to 5 pm

Sat. 8 am to 12 pm







$5.80/bag or

$412.50/skid (75 bags)

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179 Talbot Street, Picton

Mon-Fri 8am to 5 pm

Sat. 8 am to 12 pm




Give your dog a pig's ear today! Look for the box of these natural dehydrated treats that dogs love in a cardboard box as soon as you walk in the front door. Only $1.25 each. We also stock an entire complement of Hartz pet care products, including Flea and Tick Spray, flea powder for cats, as well as collars, leashes, toys and pet food. We haven't forgotten your larger pets either. During the fly season we offer both equine and cattle fly sprays.

Pets bring us so much joy into our lives. Whether you are protecting them, feeding them or just having fun with them, Picton Farm Supply is the place to go for a wide variety of supplies for your special pets.  


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 We Stock The Whole Family of Squirrel Buster Feeders !

Mini:  $34.95

Peanut:  $71.95

Finch/Nyjer:  $71.95

Classic:  $71.95

Plus:  $112.95

Standard: $40.95 (photo on right)


Squirrel Buster Plus

Squirrel Buster Classic

Squirrel Buster Finch

Squirrel Buster Peanut

Squirrel Buster Mini









 Picton Farm Supply's wild bird feed and sunflower seed is also available at The County Depot, located at the corner of Highway 33 and Salem Road, at Consecon. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Phone 613-394-5818


Picton Farm Supply

179 Talbot Street

R.R. # 8,

Picton Ontario

K0K 2T0

Phone 613-476-7507

NEW to Picton Farm Supply - we have an email address and would love to respond to any questions regarding the feeders we have in stock, feeders we are able to order, etc.  Feel free to email us at    with any questions you may have

Last Updated ( Nov 20, 2017 at 04:27 PM )
Rare Bird Sightings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Spraque   
Nov 20, 2017 at 03:00 AM



Anna’s Hummingbird, Ottawa, November 03
As reported by Bruce DiLabio: There is an immature female Anna’s Hummingbird visiting a feeder in Carleton Place which is located west of Ottawa. This is the first accessible Anna’s Hummingbird for southern Ontario and one of the few for Ontario. This bird will generate lots of interest. The hummer was first observed on November 3 and I was asked to view it on November 10. On this date I determined it to be an Anna’s Hummingbird. A few small groups were able to view it on November 11 and 13 but due to the sensitivity of the situation, it wasn’t until November 16 that an agreement was arranged for a general alert.  This could change at any time resulting in the homeowners removing the feeder from their premise. The homeowners do not want anyone on their property, but it’s possible to view the feeder from Mackenzie St, between Dufferin and Thomas.  Look southeast opposite #61 Mackenzie over two backyards. The third yard has a wooden fence with a standard hummingbird feeder on it. The hummingbird shows up early, usually shortly after 7:30 and feeds a few times every 10-20 minutes depending on the temperature. A scope is necessary to identify the bird.
Instructions: Please park on Dufferin or another nearby street but not Mackenzie.  You can view from the edge of the road, at 60 Mackenzie. Please do not go onto the lawn.  Neighbours have been very pleasant to birders who have seen it and we would like to keep this as a positive experience for them!
Directions:  As you near Carleton Place turn left on Townline Road and continue to Dufferin St. Turn left and follow to Mackenzie.
Updates: As of this morning, November 20th, the hummingbird is still present.  Remarkably, the bird is banded. A silver band was observed on the left leg, and from looking at photographs, a sequence of three numbers could be seen.


Last Updated ( Nov 20, 2017 at 12:35 PM )
Today's Environmental Rant PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Spraque   
Nov 18, 2017 at 09:00 AM


Here we go again. Another example of species at risk and endangered species being totally ignored by the agencies charged with protecting them,  in favour of development. It's a familiar story - yes, but with a twist. This time the "benefit" permit that the MNRF proposed earlier this month that will allow the killing, harming and harassing of at least five species of risk, relates to a property that is so unique in Ontario it has been recognized as part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve called the Frontenac Arch. It is in whole, or in part, designated by the province as encompassing a Provincially Significant Wetland, Provincially Significant Woodland, Provincially Significant Wildlife Habitat and Fish Habitat, and is a candidate for ANSI (Area of Natural and Scientific Interest). Most shockingly, the people of Ontario have the most to lose from the approval of this permit with only a handful of homeowners and investors reaping short term gains at the long term expense of forever losing some of Ontario's most vulnerable trees, birds, turtles, snakes, bats and other fish and wildlife along with irreplaceable species at risk habitat. When unapproved development activities are reported,  the the MNRF repeatedly reminds us that the process is proponent driven and is monitored by the  proponent who knows the law and is responsible for advising the MNRF if any SAR are killed, harmed or harassed. To which we reply, that is like asking the fox to watch the hen house.
Author, Evonne Potts, sits on the Board of the Loughborough Lake Association, but she is just one of  four individuals who won't, despite much public apathy, give up on these Species at Risk. Initially there was a lot of public outcry but it has been silenced by the constant refrain from the township and the developer that this is approved and "a done deal". The For Sale signs and constant construction on the point add to the public perception that it is over. But it is not over, says Evonne. “We have people in our corner and we plan to make the best of it.”



by Evonne Potts
November 18, 2017


The project is named Johnston Point, a proposed gated waterfront housing development on Loughborough Lake north of Kingston that is directly located inside what is designated provincially protected habitat.
Despite this area's tremendous value to all of Ontario residents as illustrated by one global recognition of its importance and four provincial protection designations, positive confirmation of 5, and possibly 14 different species at risk on site, the ministry that is responsible for safeguarding this area's natural heritage features has chosen instead to issue a proposed benefit permit that if approved assures that the development can and will legally proceed.
And will the proposed "benefit" permit pass?  Well, in the last four years not one, that's right, not ONE "benefit" permit has been denied.
The developer initially denied existence of any species at risk on the property, didn't consult with the MNRF prior to the road construction or while they were blasting or while they limbed lakeside trees or cleared the vegetation within the environmental "buffer" zone.  All of these actions went unmonitored by the Ministry or local authorities despite repeated requests from the Ministry to consult with them before engaging in these potentially harmful activities and despite repeated requests from the Ministry and others to provide crucial information regarding species at risk on the property.
Through a peer review of the developer's Environmental Impact Assessments, MNRF biologist Joe Crowley expressed concern for species at risk should this development proceed. Mr. Crowley told Matthew Wheeler of McIntosh Perry that "When dwellings are constructed on Johnston Point, vehicles using the existing access road have the potential to adversely impact (kill or harm, as per the ESA Section 9) Blanding's Turtles completing terrestrial movements between wetlands and during nesting. Vehicle traffic also has the potential to adversely impact (kill or harm as per the ESA Section 9) Gray Ratsnake if present on the property."
We were therefore stunned then when on Friday the MNRF issued a proposed "Benefit Permit" (ER #013-1130) for Blanding's Turtle and Gray Ratsnake on the Environmental Registry.
Furthermore the proposed permit ignored two other species at risk identified to MNRF standards by a citizens group – the endangered Myotis Bat and the threatened Eastern Whippoorwill. The MNRF acknowledged these reports but glossed over them by writing "Earlier this year there were concerns raised about impacts this development may have on Eastern Whip-poor-will and bats by concerned community members. The proponent has committed to avoiding impacts to these species though project design and operational strategies and in the case of Eastern Whip-poor-will has committed to creating enhancement areas."  There is no mention of either endangered Myotis Bat and the threatened Eastern Whip-poor-will at all in the "benefit| permit and the MNRF is aware that the OMB ruled that this development is subject to their approval and that one of the conditions of approval specifically applies to Eastern Whip-poor-will.
Shockingly the endangered Butternuts that the MNRF themselves witnessed on the property are also not addressed at all.
Given the developer's false claims regarding species at risk, the subsequent discovery of 5 species at risk and the multiple layers of provincial natural heritage protection , coupled with the concerns expressed by the MNRF's own biologist, it is incredible that the MNRF has not denied this proposal, particularly when this development would only benefit a few wealthy homeowners at the expense of so many species at risk in a very fragile and valuable area.
Residents of Ontario are under the false impression that we can rely upon our government to protect our interests and not those of investors. If any area in Ontario should have been protected it should have been Johnston Point. The posting of a proposed benefit permit is perfect proof that our Endangered Species Act is ineffective, and worst, that it misleads the public into believing that there really is protection for species at risk.
The people of Ontario deserve better.


Readers comment on the Belleville Farmers`Market issue:
I’m puzzled by the rant. I buy at the Belleville market all the time and I have no trouble buying local produce. Clifford Foster and Sandy Vader are there from East Lake, the Kleinsteubers from West Lake, the Blacks from Huff’s Island, the Wilsons from Stirling  (with honey). A black man comes from Picton with produce from Bloomfield. I suppose she’d call that reselling. I love his asparagus and I couldn’t care less than he might not grow it himself. I’m just glad he brings it to market. The Lloysts may bring food from Toronto but they also bring local produce, eg. beautiful beefsteak tomatoes, from the Channels in Wellington. I don’t care that the tomatoes are brought to market by the Lloysts and not the Channels. Wellington is a long way to go for a few tomatoes, although I buy from Channels when I’m out that way. There is one truck from Niagara that, for decades, has been coming to market with fall fruit, especially peaches,  fruit that doesn’t grow here. I have no idea what the woman is ranting about. Regular market-goers appreciate having fruit from Niagara. That vendor is not in competition with local farmers. I was on the elevator in this building one day after I had been to market. A woman on the elevator opined that the market produce was not local. When I pinned her down, she admitted that she didn’t know what  she was talking about. - Pauline Sprague, Belleville
Readers comment on Monarch Butterfly release:
Maybe there is no harm in it but what real need is there to do it? Why not plant a butterfly garden instead? That way Monarchs could be observed in the way nature intended .not delivered in envelopes. Today we have learned that many things we once thought were safe are in fact dangerous. Better safe than sorry. - Margaret Haylock, Picton
Although all the points made are valid and more detailed research into this practice is required, we can't be too harsh or judgmental in saying for 'Amusement' It was a Love gesture for those who participated who had lost a loved one. Most who participated were relying in the 'Planners of this event'. Be it misplaced judgment, I really don't think it was for amusement or mistreatment of these beautiful endangered creatures. Be kind and bring forth a good discussion with respect to this event. We're all so harsh with each other.   - Michelle Francine Loyer, Wellington 
There are so many factors to consider and think about. Do these releases harm the environment? What is the evidence that those released butterflies carried disease? Does MNRF have the resources or even desire to enforce regulations pertaining to insects except in serious situations involving large numbers of insects that have some sort of endangered status or special status in Ontario (there is a list of butterflies - perhaps 14 species - given special status in our Ontario Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act). If these activities are legal, what is the problem? Legal problem; moral dilemma? What about all of those teachers and parents who rear monarchs in their homes - is that problematic? I suspect there are no easy answers on this. - Don Davis, Toronto  
When I first heard about the Monarch release I was very worried.  Because I am one of the many people in North America and Mexico who have been working to help this species to continue and grow in population.  The Hospital Foundation representative said, “little is offered in the way of scientific evidence to support these opinions” that this practice could be dangerous to the butterflies’ existence. She ignores, or does not understand, that it always takes time – perhaps years – to find the scientific proof about the effects of human activities.  And its then always too late to reverse those effects. However, our files are full to bursting with the evidence of what we humans have done to the natural world to the extent that our planet is now imperilled. So playing around with these butterflies, as well as caged birds, imprisoned whales, and on and on, for human entertainment or solace is wrong in my opinion.  A better way to honor dead relatives with the symbol of Monarch butterflies would be to plant milkweed and nectar plants in our gardens, and to write Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna  asking her to give permanent protection to PEC South Shore as the International Network of Monarch butterfly Reserves it is. - Myrna Wood, Picton 
Readers comment on Discarded Coffee Cups:
Having read Ian’s rant I could not agree more. I find it utterly astounding the number of coffee cups, pop bottles and pop cans (not to mention the empty chip bags, grocery bags etc) that are regularly strewn along our roadsides, in our parks and conservation areas. It always amazes me that half way along a nature trail, deep into the woods I will find an empty bottle or can. I can never understand how, if a person were able to carry a full bottle or can deep into the woods, how they can not find the energy to carry an empty one out! Maddening really. I have been of the habit in the last couple of years of at least picking up the empty aluminum cans and tossing them in my city recycling box. I should have kept track but can say with some certainty that its probably now in the hundreds. - John Lowry, Belleville
I've sent the rent on to my dad who has collected bags full of Tim Hortons coffee cups along the edge of his property in Port Hope, and plans to make a big deal presenting them at Tim Hortons with media present. I told him to take a little child along to make it that much more dramatic – he is a well known environmental agitator at 88, and I think the contrast of having both him and a young child lamenting the impact of these dreadful non-recyclable cups on the environment might make some good news.  - Molly Mulloy, Mountain View
Readers comment on a recent Environmental Rant re A Speech Every Canadian High School Principal Should Give:
"Rarely do I disagree with you but having spent 31 years working in child welfare in Toronto I had a few concerns about this principal’s speech.  In the first place he did not acknowledge that there are 2 official languages in Canada but possibly only one of them spoken in his region.  This gives me some concerns about other possibly illiberal views.  Would he be comfortable with youth with unusual sexual identification dressing like who they felt like et al.  Having had a dyslexic child who had a couple of teachers who made him feel uncomfortable about himself I am not that trusting of the educational system. The most important thing is how he puts this into practice so that all young people feel equally safe and respected in his school."      
  - Sandra Goranson, Point Petre
"The recent demands for people to state 'Canadian values' is alarming. Many Canadians' religious beliefs have oppressed women.  And Aboriginals. I don't want those values to be enforced by a school principal such as this speaker.  The future will depend on real democracy, not the repressions of the past."
- Myrna Wood, Picton
Readers comment on a recent Environmental Rant re wind turbines:
"Once we collectively understand that biodiversity is not only 'nice' but critical to our own survival as a species, perhaps we'll find a way to live in harmony with our fellow species.  I think we're a ways off for that but quickly running out of time.  Apparently, scientists monitoring global temperatures and arctic ice are saying that the first six months of 2016 are the warmest on record.  Once the ice sheets melt and methane gas is released en masse in the arctic regions, we're in big doodoo. Already in April when I was seeding into dry ground, I recognized a real shift.  People are lamenting the drought we're going through but it seems clear, at least to me, that this is of our own making.  It is my hope that there is a mass awakening coming very soon and that we reassume our place within the natural order with humility and respect." - Bea Heissler, Frankford
 (send any comments to Terry Sprague, and I will post them in this space)

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