Category Archives: Chickens

The Farm-to-Table Movement Wouldn’t Be Successful Today Without the Mail Order Chick Business

Note: The following article will appear in an upcoming issue of Dirt Magazine discussing Murray McMurray Hatchery’s stance on the mail order chick business. The growth of the farm-to-table movement wouldn’t be as successful as it is today without the … Continue reading

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Options for Starting your own Flock of Chickens

Raising chickens is becoming more and more popular with homesteaders, hobbyists, urban farmers, and those wanting to have an organic resource for their eggs and meat. When starting out, you have several options for populating your flock. Each have their advantages and disadvantages so it is important to look at your situation to find the right fit. Continue reading

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Reduce Stress for a Healthier, More Productive Flock

Reducing or limiting stress is one of the best things you can do to keep your flock healthy and productive. Similar to how stress affects us as humans, in poultry it can lead to many problems. Reduced egg production, poor rate of growth … Continue reading

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How to Start Your Flock

In this article, we’ll discuss several different ways to start your flock. Buy Day Old Baby Chicks Most of our customers buy day old baby chicks. They’re called “day old” because they’re shipped to you the day that they’re hatched. … Continue reading

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My hen is broody. Now what?

It’s normal for hens to go broody. Some breeds — such as Buff Orpingtons, Cochins, or Silkies, and many breeds of bantams — are more prone to go broody than others, but even production breeds can, on occasion, go broody.  … 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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Keep Your Chickens Cool in Hot Weather

With summer approaching, you’ll need to help your chickens stay cool, at least in the warmer parts of the country. Unlike humans, chickens don’t sweat, but like humans they depend on evaporation to stay cool – by panting. As they … Continue reading

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How Often Should I Worm My Chickens?

For most backyard flock owners, we don’t recommend worming on a regular schedule without first having your flock tested for worms. The test involves a fecal sample, which can be done by a local vet. It will tell you whether … Continue reading

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Which of My Hens Are Laying?

As you raise laying hens, it becomes obvious over time that some hens are more productive than others. Some breeds are better layers, but even from hen to hen within a breed, productivity will vary due to differences in length … Continue reading

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How Soon Will My Hens Start to Lay?

Because so many variables are involved, we cannot predict exactly when your chickens will start to lay, but we can give some estimates. Pearl White Leghorns are our earliest layers and can start to lay as early as 4 1/2 … Continue reading

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