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The Siouxland Garden Show & Murray McMurray Hatchery

I had the pleasure of showcasing some of our Murray McMurray Hatchery chickens and speaking at this past weekend’s Siouxland Garden Show in Sioux City, Iowa.  This was our first time to the show so I didn’t know exactly what … Continue reading

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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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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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How to Introduce New Chickens into your Existing Flock

Integrating new chickens into an established flock can be problematic.  This series of past articles covers the basics of introducing new chickens into your flock as painlessly as possible. 1. The first article in this series gives the background information … Continue reading

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Shipping Chicks in Colder Temperatures

Around the January to February time frame we get several questions asking whether it is a good idea to ship chicks during the colder months.  This is a valid concern as we ship chicks to all parts of the United … Continue reading

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Straight to the Source – A Visit to Our Flock Farms

Offering healthy and happy baby chicks doesn’t happen by accident.  In fact, proper care and nutrition to help ensure optimal growth is provided to the source flocks through a dedicated person, years of experience and a genuine enthusiasm about chickens.  … Continue reading

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My First Hatch – What an Experience

As I peered through the window at the eggs I had a flood of emotion overcome me.  The anticipation of the new chick arrival has been burning inside of me since November as I kept hearing from the long time … Continue reading

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The Beginning: My Quest into a Life with Chickens

For someone who didn’t grow up on a farm or has had very little experience even visiting a farm, the practicality of owning chickens can seem like a very daunting task.  Owning chickens to some may seem as practical as … Continue reading

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