Category Archives: Chicken Breeds

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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Naked Necks (Turkens)

History The exact origins of Naked Necks, or Turkens, is uncertain, but some archaeologists believe they originated in Malaysia and spread from there. The popular name, Turken, comes from the mistaken belief that it was a cross between a turkey … 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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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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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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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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