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4 Time Olympic Triathlete teams up with Murray McMurray Hatchery

Four Time Olympic Triathlete and Seven Time U.S. Elite National Champion, Hunter Kemper, has joined with Murray McMurray Hatchery to promote backyard chickens and fresh, backyard eggs. Hunter and his family recently received newly hatched chicks from Murray McMurray Hatchery … Continue reading

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The Arrival by Hunter Kemper

Chris called us last week to let us know that our chicks would be arriving – this is great as our kids would all be home for their delivery.  The anticipation was great as the boys, especially our oldest son … Continue reading

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Preparing a Home by Hunter Kemper

Murray McMurray Hatchery has helped make the preparation for our chickens very easy.  Their book: “Chickens in Five Minutes a Day” is awesome!  It’s an easy read and tells you everything you need to know about raising chickens.  We also … Continue reading

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Backyard Chicken Farmer – by Hunter Kemper

Backyard Chicken Farmer? If you told me a few months ago that I’d be raising chickens in my backyard, I wouldn’t have believed you.  In my backyard?  Chickens?   It all sounded a little crazy to me until I spoke with … Continue reading

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Laryngotracheitis by Darrell W. Trampel, D.V.M., PhD.

Laryngotracheitis  Darrell W. Trampel, D.V.M., PhD. Iowa State University January 6, 2014          Each year, chicken owners contact me to discuss a serious disease in their chickens characterized by difficult breathing, loud wheezing, and gurgling.  Affected chickens often stand with … Continue reading

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A Coccidiosis Primer

A Coccidiosis Primer Darrell W. Trampel, D.V.M., PhD. Iowa State University December 26, 2013 Coccidiosis is found wherever chickens are raised.  Coccidiosis is an intestinal disease caused by protozoan parasites which belong to the genus Eimeria.  Disease occurs primarily in … Continue reading

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Pullorum Disease, Poultry, and the NPIP by Dr. Darrell W. Trampel, D.V.M., PhD.

 Pullorum Disease, Poultry, and the NPIP Darrell W. Trampel, D.V.M., PhD. Iowa State University December 2, 2013           Development of purebred chickens can be traced back to 1875 when the American Poultry Association (APA) published a book entitled “Standards of … Continue reading

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2013 Fall Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to our winners of the 2013 Fall Photo Contest!

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Poultry: The Gateway Farming Enterprise by Joel Salatin

Note:  In his recent book, FIELDS OF FARMERS:  INTERNING, MENTORING, PARTNERING, GERMINATING, Joel Salatin describes multi-generational, symbiotic farming opportunities. With the average American farmer nearing 60 years old and half of all farmland slated to change hands within the next … Continue reading

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DEEP BEDDING ALTERNATIVE FOR CRAMPED SPACES by Joel Salatin

As a passionate advocate of pastured poultry, I have a companion protocol for people who don’t have a yard or pasture big enough to accommodate portable shelters.  The answer is deep bedding. In general, in a pastured situation, laying hens … Continue reading

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