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Which Chicken Breeds Do You Recommend for Warm Climates?

A recent question from one of our blog readers was: I live in the Deep South and I am wondering which breed of chickens would best tolerate the heat and humidity? I am looking for layers, that produce well year … Continue reading

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Wyandottes

History Wyandottes were developed in the United States in New York state. They get their name from a Native American tribe known as the Wyandots (or Wendats). The original Wyandotte was the Silver Laced Wynadotte, which was first accepted into … Continue reading

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Cochins

History Cochins arrived in England and the United States in 1845. Originally, Cochins were called Chinese Shanghai Fowl, after the district in China where they originated. Later the name was changed to “Cochin China” and finally shortened to “Cochin”. The … Continue reading

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Rare Breeds of Chickens

The American Livestock Breed Conservancy (ALBC) lists a number of rare chicken breeds.  We carry many of those rare breeds at McMurray Hatchery — below is a list grouped by the ALBC status for each breed.  Each listed breed contains … Continue reading

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Silkies

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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Dominiques

History Dominiques are one of America’s oldest chicken breeds. They were originally brought here from England and were common on American farms up through the 1800s. Qualities of the Dominique If you’re looking for a sustainable breed of chicken, and … Continue reading

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Baby Chick Videos

We have made a series of short videos that show many of the breeds of baby chicks that we offer on our website.  Each video is about 90 seconds long. The baby chicks are very cute to watch, but the … Continue reading

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Chicken Breed Selector – new iPhone app

McMurray Hatchery announces our first iPhone App – A Chicken Breed selector. You can choose the chicken attributes that matter most to you and see a list of appropriate breeds, plus get a $5.00 coupon. See a video of the … Continue reading

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Question: What’s your Favorite Breed of Chickens?

What is your favorite chicken breed? What are the special or unique characteristics of that breed that make it your favorite?

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Pearl White Leghorns

The White Leghorn originated in Tuscany, Italy (see map below) and is considered a Mediterranean breed. White Leghorns were brought to America in 1853 by ship.  Mr. W. Simpson, of West Farms, New York (now a part of New York … Continue reading

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