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The Winners of the McMurray Spring Chicken Photo Contest

A lot of really great photos were entered into our Spring 2016 Photo Contest. The contest is now over, and here are the winning photos: First Place First place goes to Nora Lantagne. As a prize, she will receive a … Continue reading

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Spring 2016 Chicken Photo Contest Now Open

Now that you’ve rated the photos to select the 10 finalists, it’s time to rate the finalist photos in order to choose the winner. Click the link below to see and rate the finalist photos: >>> Rate Finalist Photos     … Continue reading

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2016 Photo Contest #1

We’re excited to announce our first photo contest of 2016! For this contest, we are looking for photos of people working with their chickens — feeding and watering them, gathering eggs, moving portable coops on pasture, or similar things. Please include a … Continue reading

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“Noah’s Ark Project” — An Update

Background: As we’ve mentioned previously, in May of 2015, Murray McMurray Hatchery brought a truckload of 3,700 newly-hatched chicks to Joe Claborn’s farm in Texas for safekeeping as Avian Influenza was spreading in the U.S. and in Iowa. The project … Continue reading

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How to Start Your Flock

In this article, we’ll discuss several different ways to start your flock. Buy Day Old Baby Chicks Most of our customers buy day old baby chicks. They’re called “day old” because they’re shipped to you the day that they’re hatched. … Continue reading

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Moving Chickens to Texas

As Avian Influenza (AI) has continued to spread in the United States and Iowa, in particular, we began making arrangements in May of this year for how we could start some backup flocks. Although the strains of AI found in … Continue reading

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Why Do Chickens Eat Their Own Eggs?

Sometimes you may be getting fewer eggs than you expect, even when your hens are laying well. This can happen if they develop the bad habit of eating their own eggs. Egg eating can start by accident, sort of. Maybe … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Your Chickens Run Out of Water

Your chickens need to always have access to plenty of clean, fresh drinking water.  This is especially important in hot weather when their need for water increases significantly. Problems Caused by Lack of Water

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Keep Your Chickens Cool in Hot Weather

With summer approaching, you’ll need to help your chickens stay cool, at least in the warmer parts of the country. Unlike humans, chickens don’t sweat, but like humans they depend on evaporation to stay cool – by panting. As they … Continue reading

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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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