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May is National Egg Month

May is National Egg Month and we will be celebrating throughout the entire month here at the McMurray Hatchery. To help kick off the month, we thought we’d share some facts about eggs that you may or may not know. Continue reading

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How to Store Your Eggs for Maximum Freshness

We all know that the freshest eggs come directly from your chicken but, more often than not, you will have to store your eggs for a few days or possibly a few weeks. So, what is the best way to … 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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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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Buff Orpingtons

History The original Orpington, a Black Orpington, was developed by William Cook, from the village of Orpington, County of Kent, England in the 1880s. In 1886 he introduced the Black Orpington at the Chrystal Palace Poultry Show, and his pullet … Continue reading

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Preparing your Laying Flock for Winter, Part 2

[This is the second part of a two part article.  If you missed part 1, you can read it at: Preparing your Laying Flock for Winter, Part 1.] Photo by Sheila Falconer Water Supply Water is important to chickens in … Continue reading

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Preparing your Laying Flock for Winter, Part 1

If you have a flock of laying hens, there are several important steps you can take to prepare for the colder weather and shorter days that winter brings.  These steps will help you keep your layers in the best health … Continue reading

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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 City) claims to be the first person in America to breed the White Leghorn. Continue reading

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