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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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Quick Transitions by Hunter Kemper

Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London, and Rio are 6 weeks old now and they are no longer looking like baby chicks, but much more like little chickens.  It has been amazing to see how fast our girls have grown.   The … Continue reading

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2014 Winter Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to our winners of the 2014 Winter Photo Contest!                                                             … Continue reading

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Olympic Triathlete Hunter Kemper Visits Murray McMurray Hatchery

Four Time Olympic Triathlete, Hunter Kemper, visited with us at the hatchery this past week and we gave him the grand tour! Hunter is helping us spread the message that fresh eggs from your backyard Murray McMurray Hatchery chickens are … Continue reading

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Naming our baby chicks and HOW we decided on the names for each Breed by Hunter Kemper

We received 5 different breeds of chicks.  Before they arrived, we learned a little about each type of chick and named them according to the things we learned.  The 5 names we chose for our 5 different breeds of chicks … Continue reading

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Marek’s Disease by Dr. Darrell W. Trampel, D.V.M., PhD.

Marek’s Disease  Darrell W. Trampel, D.V.M., PhD. Iowa State University January 27, 2014 Marek’s disease (MD) is a highly contagious disease of chickens characterized by a) varying degrees of paralysis of wings and legs and/or b) development of lymphoid tumors.  … Continue reading

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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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