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“Noah’s Ark Project” — An Update

Background: As we’ve mentioned previously, in May of 2016, 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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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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