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The Easiest Animals to Raise on the Homestead

Five of easiest animals to raise on the homestead or small acreage will depend on the layout of your property and the amount of land owned. The decision to homestead means you have decided to live a more sustainable life. Gardening and preserving the harvest is a...

Gail Damerow Discusses Coccidiosis in Chicks and Turkey Poults

Coccidiosis is the most common disease in baby chicks and turkey poults, and also the most common cause of death. Continuing our interview series with poultry expert and best-selling author, Gail Damerow, we ask her what causes coccidiosis and what can be done about...

The Beauty of Bantam Chickens

Choosing Bantam chickens for your backyard flock can be an excellent choice for urban and suburban neighborhoods. In fact, anyone who wants a hardy, small chicken with a good disposition will be pleased with the Bantam chicken’s good temperament. Among the many...

Incorporate These Guard Geese Breeds on Your Homestead — Protect Your Flocks

I couldn’t wait to open the box when I got it from the post office. Guard geese — these are what I had been waiting to add to our homestead for quite some time. But because guardian geese might not be a welcome wake up call for my neighbors in my subdivision, I had to...

How to Make Money Off Your Chickens

When my chicken addiction became strong, my husband gave me the stink eye. I quickly needed to find ways for my chickens to make me money! Raising chickens for meat, and learning about how to put up my chicken eggs for sale, were two of the main things I needed to...

How to Preserve Eggs Long-term with These 4 Methods

How to preserve eggs when looking for long-term storage is easy. In fact, for those who raise poultry it is a necessity. The most commonly asked question for those new to poultry keeping, do eggs need to be refrigerated, will also be addressed in this article. The...

Using Chickens and Geese in the Garden

Chickens and geese aren’t just a great homestead food source. You can start using chickens and geese in the garden to help you create a bountiful harvest each year! And, if you’ve ever wanted to start raising geese, this is a great excuse for you to dive right in this...
The Easiest Animals to Raise on the Homestead

The Easiest Animals to Raise on the Homestead

Five of easiest animals to raise on the homestead or small acreage will depend on the layout of your property and the amount of land owned. The decision to homestead means you have decided to live a more sustainable life. Gardening and preserving the harvest is a...

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How To Keep Snakes Away From Your Poultry

How To Keep Snakes Away From Your Poultry

A frequent question about predator control that we receive from new chicken keepers is how to keep snakes away from poultry. While the method may vary, the answer is always the same ... snakes have to be kept out of your chicken coop at all costs. Not only can snakes...

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Chick Days Photo Contest Winners

Chick Days Photo Contest Winners

2021 Chick Days Photo Contest Winners Congratulations to these entrants in the 2021 Chick Days photo contest! These winning photos received the highest number of votes by our customers and will be used on our website and in our marketing materials. The following...

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Gail Damerow Discusses Coccidiosis in Chicks and Turkey Poults

Gail Damerow Discusses Coccidiosis in Chicks and Turkey Poults

Coccidiosis is the most common disease in baby chicks and turkey poults, and also the most common cause of death. Continuing our interview series with poultry expert and best-selling author, Gail Damerow, we ask her what causes coccidiosis and what can be done about...

read more
The Beauty of Bantam Chickens

The Beauty of Bantam Chickens

Choosing Bantam chickens for your backyard flock can be an excellent choice for urban and suburban neighborhoods. In fact, anyone who wants a hardy, small chicken with a good disposition will be pleased with the Bantam chicken’s good temperament. Among the many...

read more
2021 Catalog Photo Winners Announced

2021 Catalog Photo Winners Announced

The 2021 Murray McMurray Hatchery catalog is done and in the mail! Copies have already started landing in mailboxes across the U.S. and Canada. We are thankful to be able to feature so many amazing photos submitted by our customers each year, and this year was no...

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Preparing Your Winter Chicken Coop

Preparing Your Winter Chicken Coop

     Winter is here and I need to think about the things to do to start preparing my chicken coop and chickens for their winter chicken coop set up. Wait, what? I have a winter set up and check list for my chickens? Why yes, yes I do! And it might be something you...

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How to Make Money Off Your Chickens

How to Make Money Off Your Chickens

When my chicken addiction became strong, my husband gave me the stink eye. I quickly needed to find ways for my chickens to make me money! Raising chickens for meat, and learning about how to put up my chicken eggs for sale, were two of the main things I needed to...

read more
McMurray Hatchery 2021 Customer Photo Winners, Round One

McMurray Hatchery 2021 Customer Photo Winners, Round One

Customer Photos to Appear in 2021 McMurray Hatchery Marketing Congratulations to photo contest winners Breanna Brooks, Rebekah Jaeger, and Tiffany Johnson! Their photos have been selected to be used in our 2021 marketing materials. Their photos will premiere in our...

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How to Preserve Eggs Long-term with These 4 Methods

How to Preserve Eggs Long-term with These 4 Methods

How to preserve eggs when looking for long-term storage is easy. In fact, for those who raise poultry it is a necessity. The most commonly asked question for those new to poultry keeping, do eggs need to be refrigerated, will also be addressed in this article. The...

read more
Winner Announced | Summer Photo Contest

Winner Announced | Summer Photo Contest

2020 Summer Photo Contest Winner! Congratulations Rebecca Reynolds — the winner in our 2020 Summer Photo Contest. Pictured here are four of her beautiful photo entries. As a winner, Rebecca will receive a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to McMurray Hatchery. All photos in this...

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McMurray Hatchery Customers Round-Up to Support 4-H

McMurray Hatchery Customers Round-Up to Support 4-H

For generations, McMurray Hatchery has been an avid supporter of poultry education — including vital programs such as 4-H group and individual poultry projects throughout the U.S.A. Over the past six months, our customers have had the opportunity to round-up when...

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