Category Archives: Raising 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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Tips to Help Your Chickens Stay Cool This Summer

The summer heat doesn’t just take its toll on humans, it affects our feathered friends as well. It is difficult for chickens to stay cool during the summer months, so the more you can do to assist them, the better … Continue reading

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Why Do You Raise Chickens?

Most of us reading this article have probably already made the decision to raise chickens and have raised them for at least a few years, but occasionally, questions like this come up, perhaps in the form: Raise chickens? Why would … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Your Chickens Run Out of Water

Your chickens need to always have access to plenty of clean, fresh drinking water.  This is especially important in hot weather when their need for water increases significantly. Problems Caused by Lack of Water

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Taking Care of Your Flock in the Winter by Kim

You have invested a lot of time raising your chickens and by now they could be producing fresh eggs for you every day. With the winter season, you need to make a few special arrangements to ensure your hens continue … Continue reading

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The Cold Hard Truth – Chickens in the Winter

Winter can be tough on everyone.  The bitter cold bites at your lungs while the howling wind cracks your hands.  Frozen tears cry for warmer weather while layers and layers of bundling limit your mobility to a stay puft marshmallow man.  … 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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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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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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