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An Interview with Joe Claborn, Part 1

Background: Joe Claborn has worked with McMurray Hatchery for many years and currently raises started chicks and started pullets for McMurray. Joe is also involved with a project that Bud Wood, president of McMurray Hatchery, initiated to start backup flocks for many of … Continue reading

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My hen is broody. Now what?

It’s normal for hens to go broody. Some breeds — such as Buff Orpingtons, Cochins, or Silkies, and many breeds of bantams — are more prone to go broody than others, but even production breeds can, on occasion, go broody.  … Continue reading

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Why Do You Raise Chickens?

Most of us reading this article have probably already made the decision to raise chickens and have raised them for at least a few years, but occasionally, questions like this come up, perhaps in the form: Raise chickens? Why would … Continue reading

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DEEP BEDDING ALTERNATIVE FOR CRAMPED SPACES by Joel Salatin

As a passionate advocate of pastured poultry, I have a companion protocol for people who don’t have a yard or pasture big enough to accommodate portable shelters.  The answer is deep bedding. In general, in a pastured situation, laying hens … Continue reading

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The Perfect Chicken – By Joel Salatin

What’s your idea of the perfect chicken?  Do you want the fluffiest?  The biggest?  The smallest?  The most color variety?  The least color variety?  The friendliest?  The meanest?  The fastest?  The slowest? Everybody has a dream chicken–at least all Murray … Continue reading

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How to Introduce New Chickens into your Existing Flock

Integrating new chickens into an established flock can be problematic.  This series of past articles covers the basics of introducing new chickens into your flock as painlessly as possible. 1. The first article in this series gives the background information … Continue reading

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Winners for the Egg Photo Contest

We have really enjoyed seeing the amazing variety of photos in this contest. First Place Lisa Beth Steele won first place with her photo showing a pastel array of duck, Americauna, Cuckoo Marans, Australorp, and Buff eggs. As first place … Continue reading

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Poultry Coop Photo Contest Winners

First Place The first place winner is Maria Beason. She won a $100 Murray McMurray Gift Certificate for her photo of “The Chicken Mansion.” To see photos of the inside of Maria’s chicken coop, along with more information about the … Continue reading

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Chicken Coop Photos and Description from Maria Beason

Congratulations! Congratulations to Maria Beason for winning first place in the Poultry Housing Photo Contest, with her photo of “The Chicken Mansion.” She won a $100 Murray McMurray Hatchery gift certificate. Size and Description of the Chicken Coop Maria’s husband, … Continue reading

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Chicken Coop Photos and Description from Cindy Benkert

Congratulations! Congratulations to Cindy Benkert for winning second place in the McMurray Hatchery Poultry Coop Photo Contest.  She won second place and a $50 Murray McMurray gift certificate. Here is Cindy’s description of the coop: This chicken coop was built … Continue reading

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