Category Archives: Chicken Breeds

The Perfect Chicken – By Joel Salatin

What’s your idea of the perfect chicken?  Do you want the fluffiest?  The biggest?  The smallest?  The most color variety?  The least color variety?  The friendliest?  The meanest?  The fastest?  The slowest? Everybody has a dream chicken–at least all Murray … Continue reading

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MURRAY MCMURRAY HATCHERY HOSTS JAPANESE DELEGATES CONDUCTING WORLDWIDE CAMPAIGN TO TRACE DNA HISTORY OF DOMESTIC CHICKENS

Japanese researchers embarked on a multi-country journey with a visit to Murray McMurray Hatchery in Webster City, Iowa as part of a study to trace the DNA of domestic chickens. During the five-day visit, the researchers collected blood samples from more … Continue reading

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My Girl Photo Contest Announced!

My Girl Photo Contest Announced! http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/p/mygirl2012 Send in your best/favorite photo of your hen chicken for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate and other great prizes! We want to see our prized girl and give away some great … Continue reading

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4 Weeks – Bigger Chicks

It’s been approximately four weeks since we got our baby chicks and the change they have gone through has been quite interesting to watch.  I never realized how interesting chickens could be to watch and now I often find myself … Continue reading

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The First Order

I remember walking a trail in one of our recent trips to the Smokey Mountains, Pigeon Forge,Tennessee to be exact.  The promise of our friends and guides, experienced visitors to the area, was a tremendous waterfall nearly a mile and … Continue reading

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Which Chicken Breeds Do You Recommend for Cold Climates?

Many of our breeds are well-suited for cold climates.  Some of the most popular cold hardy breeds are listed below. Breeds that Lay Brown Eggs Rocks – Barred Rocks, Buff Rocks, White Rocks,  Partridge Rocks, and Silver Penciled Rocks Wyandottes … Continue reading

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Which Chicken Breeds are the Most Likely to Go Broody?

One of our favorite times is when a hen in our home flock goes broody and hatches baby chicks. Some hens and some breeds have a stronger tendency to go broody than others, and some make better mothers than others. … 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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Our Best Egg Layers

The breeds listed below are our best egg layers.  They lay large eggs, and they lay frequently and consistently. White Egg Layers Pearl White Leghorns – Excellent layers of large, white eggs. They are our most prolific layers and have … Continue reading

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Dark Cornish

History Cornish, originally known as Indian Game, were developed in Cornwall, England in the 1800s by Sir Walter Raleigh Gilbert from the Aseel, Old English Game, and Malay.  The Dark Cornish was admitted to the Standard in 1893, and the … Continue reading

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