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4 Excellent Egg Recipes

In spring and summer, sometimes your chickens may lay so well that it’s hard to come up with ideas for what to do with all the eggs.  Here are a few tasty recipes that will help you out: Chile Relleno … Continue reading

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Murray McMurray Hatchery Chick Selector

With so many breeds and varieties of chickens to choose from, sometimes determining exactly which breed you want can be difficult. The chick selector on our website is a tool we developed to make it a lot easier to decide, … Continue reading

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Feeding Your Chickens Table Scraps

Chickens like to eat table scraps, and most of the leftovers from your meals are safe for them to eat.  Table scraps alone don’t form a balanced diet for your chickens, so feed them and moderation and use them as … Continue reading

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How Much Roost Space Do My Chickens Need?

Roost space depends largely on the size of your chickens — how tall, wide and long they are, from beak to tail. There are several considerations that affect how to position the roost and how much space to provide. If … Continue reading

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How Often Should I Worm My Chickens?

For most backyard flock owners, we don’t recommend worming on a regular schedule without first having your flock tested for worms. The test involves a fecal sample, which can be done by a local vet. It will tell you whether … Continue reading

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Which of My Hens Are Laying?

As you raise laying hens, it becomes obvious over time that some hens are more productive than others. Some breeds are better layers, but even from hen to hen within a breed, productivity will vary due to differences in length … Continue reading

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Delaware Chickens

History Delawares are a relatively recent breed. They were developed in 1940 from a cross between New Hampshire Red hens and Plymouth Rock roosters.  Occasionally, the cross would produce an off-colored sport, and those were used as parent stock for … Continue reading

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How Soon Will My Hens Start to Lay?

Because so many variables are involved, we cannot predict exactly when your chickens will start to lay, but we can give some estimates. Pearl White Leghorns are our earliest layers and can start to lay as early as 4 1/2 … Continue reading

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History Silkies are a unique breed of chicken, thought to have originated in China or Southeast Asia. The first recorded history of Silkies occurs in Marco Polo’s writings about his travels to Asia in the 13th century, in which he … Continue reading

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No Cause for Alarm — It’s Just a Dust Bath

He lays on one side, flopping in the dirt, with one wing slightly outstretched, flicking one leg rapidly up and down. He rolls over onto his back, kicks and writhes in the dirt. At first glance, it may seem like … Continue reading

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