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Hatchery News, Updates and Information on Raising Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Turkeys and Other Poultry

Best Fowl for Gardens

Picture this…You plant your garden seeds and starts right on time. You have a brigade full of the best fowl for gardens, and they do a fantastic job of making your life easier as a gardener. The ducks and geese are thorough weeders, and they love to make a meal of all...

Top 10 Reasons to Keep Coturnix Quail

While many say that chickens are the gateway animal for homesteading, Coturnix quail are the birds that opened my eyes to the joy of backyard animal husbandry. I first learned about this breed of quail from my aunt and uncle, who kept a small covey as layers, and...

Gail Damerow Discusses Health Considerations for Meat Chickens

Chicken breeds raised for meat often develop health issues that are less common among other breeds. Continuing our interview series with poultry expert and best-selling author, Gail Damerow, we ask her about special health considerations when raising chickens for...

Comparing Heritage and Production Turkey Breeds

Now that you know a bit more about the differences between Heritage and production turkey breeds, the fun part begins! Whether you are working on a small backyard parcel or a large homestead with acreage, deciding which types of animals to raise is always an exciting...

Gail Damerow Discusses Poultry Predator Prevention

Anyone who keeps chickens or other poultry quickly discovers that all kinds of predators are intent on having their birds for dinner. Continuing our interview series with Gail Damerow, poultry expert and best-selling author of What’s Killing My Chickens?, we ask for...

Gail Damerow Discusses Bumblefoot in Chickens and Ducks

Bumblefoot is a fairly common condition causing lameness in chickens, ducks, and other birds. Continuing our interview series with poultry expert and best-selling author, Gail Damerow, we ask her for details about bumblefoot. What is bumblefoot? Bumblefoot refers to...

Heritage vs. Production Turkeys

Homesteading often includes one decision after another, and one choice that many people find themselves pondering is deciding between Heritage and production turkeys. What is the difference between the two? Are Heritage breeds better in regards to nutrition? What...

Raising Guinea Fowl

There are many benefits to raising guinea fowl, and these crazy looking birds are ideal for almost every homestead with acreage. However, one must first learn how to properly care for guinea fowl before bringing them home. Raising Guinea Fowl Six years ago, I brought...
Introducing The Marketplace from McMurray Hatchery

Introducing The Marketplace from McMurray Hatchery

At Murray McMurray Hatchery, we are committed to helping our customers create a more sustainable lifestyle. By opening the McMurray Marketplace, we hope to connect members of our community and help those who are raising our birds for revenue to increase their profits....

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Best Fowl for Gardens

Best Fowl for Gardens

Picture this…You plant your garden seeds and starts right on time. You have a brigade full of the best fowl for gardens, and they do a fantastic job of making your life easier as a gardener. The ducks and geese are thorough weeders, and they love to make a meal of all...

read more
Gail Damerow Discusses Marek’s Disease

Gail Damerow Discusses Marek’s Disease

Marek’s disease is a common and contagious illness that affects domestic chickens worldwide. Continuing our interview series with Gail Damerow, poultry expert and best-selling author, we ask her for details about Marek’s disease. What Is Marek’s disease? "Marek’s...

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Top 10 Reasons to Keep Coturnix Quail

Top 10 Reasons to Keep Coturnix Quail

While many say that chickens are the gateway animal for homesteading, Coturnix quail are the birds that opened my eyes to the joy of backyard animal husbandry. I first learned about this breed of quail from my aunt and uncle, who kept a small covey as layers, and...

read more
How to Brood and Raise Turkey Poults

How to Brood and Raise Turkey Poults

Are you interested in knowing more about how to brood and raise turkey poults? If you are interested in raising turkeys on your homestead or farm, you will want to know the best tips for raising strong, healthy poults. Turkeys can be both a sustainable meat solution...

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Comparing Heritage and Production Turkey Breeds

Comparing Heritage and Production Turkey Breeds

Now that you know a bit more about the differences between Heritage and production turkey breeds, the fun part begins! Whether you are working on a small backyard parcel or a large homestead with acreage, deciding which types of animals to raise is always an exciting...

read more
Gail Damerow Discusses Poultry Predator Prevention

Gail Damerow Discusses Poultry Predator Prevention

Anyone who keeps chickens or other poultry quickly discovers that all kinds of predators are intent on having their birds for dinner. Continuing our interview series with Gail Damerow, poultry expert and best-selling author of What’s Killing My Chickens?, we ask for...

read more
Heritage vs. Production Turkeys

Heritage vs. Production Turkeys

Homesteading often includes one decision after another, and one choice that many people find themselves pondering is deciding between Heritage and production turkeys. What is the difference between the two? Are Heritage breeds better in regards to nutrition? What...

read more
10 Tips for Brooding Chicks Off-Grid

10 Tips for Brooding Chicks Off-Grid

Off-grid living is on the rise, and so is chicken keeping! However, chicks purchased online or in a feed store need supplemental heat to keep them warm. So, how do off-gridders provide the necessary heat for keeping chicks warm? Here are my top 10 tips for brooding...

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How to Integrate New Chickens into Your Flock

How to Integrate New Chickens into Your Flock

Incorporating new chickens is bound to happen at some point or another when you are raising poultry. Whether you keep chickens in town or out in the country, it is essential to know how to safely integrate new chickens into your flock. Taking the correct steps during...

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Raising Guinea Fowl

Raising Guinea Fowl

There are many benefits to raising guinea fowl, and these crazy looking birds are ideal for almost every homestead with acreage. However, one must first learn how to properly care for guinea fowl before bringing them home. Raising Guinea Fowl Six years ago, I brought...

read more

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