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Chicken Coop Photo and Description from Jennifer Gallus

Congratulations! Congratulations to Jennifer Gallus for winning third place in the McMurray Hatchery Poultry Coop Photo Contest.  Jennifer won a $25 Murray McMurray Hatchery gift certificate. Here is Jennifer’s description of the coop: Our coop was handmade by my husband … Continue reading

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Poultry Open Class Contest Now Open

Poultry Open Class Contest This contest is for photos of all types of poultry that we carry in our 2011 catalog or on our website. This includes chickens, ducks, guineas, geese, partridge, peafowl, pheasants, quail, swans, turkeys, and several other … Continue reading

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Female Poultry Photo Contest Now Open

Female Poultry Photo Contest Our fourth photo contest of the year is now open. It is for photos of hens, female ducks, female geese, female turkeys, and female poultry of any other type that we offer in our 2011 catalog … Continue reading

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At What Age Will My Chickens Start Laying?

Introduction The age at which your hens will begin to lay depends on their breed type.  Hybrids are the earliest birds to start laying, starting about 1 month earlier than non-hybrids. Non-hybrids, which include our rare and heritage breeds, typically … Continue reading

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Egg Photo Contest Now Open

Egg Photo Contest This contest is for photos of poultry eggs. The eggs can be from chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, swans, quail, guineas, peafowl, pheasants, or any other type of poultry that we offer in our 2011 catalog or our … Continue reading

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Male Poultry Photo Contest

Description of the Contest Our second photo contest of the year is the Male Poultry Photo Contest. It is for photos of roosters, drakes, ganders, tom turkeys, and male poultry of any other type that we offer in our 2011 … Continue reading

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Poultry Housing Photo Contest

This is our first photo contest of the year. Photos for the Poultry Housing Photo contest can include any type of housing for chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, or any other type of poultry that we offer in our 2011 catalog … Continue reading

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Which Chicken Breeds are the Most Likely to Go Broody?

One of our favorite times is when a hen in our home flock goes broody and hatches baby chicks. Some hens and some breeds have a stronger tendency to go broody than others, and some make better mothers than others. … Continue reading

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How Warm Should I Keep my Baby Chicks?

When baby chicks hatch, they need additional warmth. Their body heat alone is not enough to keep them warm. Without additional heat, they can become chilled and stressed, and if it goes too long, they can become ill or die. … Continue reading

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How Much Space Do My Chickens Need?

  Chickens will be happier and healthier if they are let out during the day to forage. At night, they need protection against predators, so they should be kept in a chicken coop or shelter.  The proper size of the … Continue reading

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