Category Archives: Raising Chickens

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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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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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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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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How to Care For Your Chickens Through the Winter

For tips and information about how to best care for your chickens through the winter, please see these articles on our blog: Keeping the Chicken Water from Freezing Preparing Your Laying Flock for Winter (Part 1) and Part 2 – … Continue reading

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Feeding Your Chickens Table Scraps

Chickens like to eat table scraps, and most of the leftovers from your meals are safe for them to eat.  Table scraps alone don’t form a balanced diet for your chickens, so you should use them as a supplemental treat, … Continue reading

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At What Age Will My Chickens Start Laying?

Introduction The age at which your hens will begin to lay depends on their breed type.  Hybrids are the earliest birds to start laying, starting about 1 month earlier than non-hybrids. Non-hybrids, which include our rare and heritage breeds, typically … Continue reading

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How Can I Get My Hens to Lay in their Nest Boxes?

Sometimes hens lay their eggs on the floor of the coop, which can be a problem because the eggs get soiled from their manure, and the eggs are more likely to get cracked, broken, or stepped on. Hens will also … Continue reading

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How Warm Should I Keep my Baby Chicks?

When baby chicks hatch, they need additional warmth. Their body heat alone is not enough to keep them warm. Without additional heat, they can become chilled and stressed, and if it goes too long, they can become ill or die. … Continue reading

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How Much Space Do My Chickens Need?

  Chickens will be happier and healthier if they are let out during the day to forage. At night, they need protection against predators, so they should be kept in a chicken coop or shelter.  The proper size of the … Continue reading

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