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Chicken Coop Necessities | 5 Must Have Items

Chicken coop necessities you will want for raising chickens. Building a chicken coop consists of utilizing recycled materials for items such as nesting boxes, roosting bars, and drop pans. This beginner's guide to chicken coops provides you the necessary information...

Chicken School | Homeschool Learning Ideas

The saying goes, "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade." For many families across the nation, that saying has become a personal mantra as they hunker down to avoid the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools here in Iowa have closed for at least a month, and...

Selecting the Best Chicken Breeds for Your Homestead

When you’ve finally made the decision to add chickens to your homestead, you might find you need some help selecting the best chicken breeds. There are so many poultry breeds to choose from in the wonderful world of chickens. From laying hens and meat chickens, to...

Raising Chickens with Ducks

Raising chickens with ducks is achievable and ideal for those with limited space. When building a chicken coop make sure to plan the space accordingly for both species. Also, chickens and ducks can consume the same type of poultry feed, herbs, and natural supplements....

Homestead Living | Starting a Homestead

Homesteading for beginners, learn the tips and tricks for the first year of homestead living. Establish a mini farm growing food and raising livestock, and quickly find your homesteading community. A good tribe of people are worth their weight in gold. The dream is...

Five Basic Biosecurity Tips to Protect Your Flock

Emily Reynolds, NPIP Coordinator at the Iowa Poultry Association, shares five basic biosecurity steps to protect your flock — and your family — from harmful diseases.

Best Breeds When Raising Pastured Poultry

The continued rise in the popularity of homesteading and sustainable living has led to an increase in awareness for raising pastured poultry. Pastured poultry is a sustainable technique where flocks are raised on pastures, as opposed to indoor confinement,...

The Benefits of Roosters

Are you ordering new baby chicks this year? Whether you’re wanting fresh eggs, showing birds, or just expanding your flock, you should consider adding a rooster to your flock if your local ordinances allow. Roosters, also called cockerels, are often overlooked or...
Chicken Coop Necessities | 5 Must Have Items

Chicken Coop Necessities | 5 Must Have Items

Chicken coop necessities you will want for raising chickens. Building a chicken coop consists of utilizing recycled materials for items such as nesting boxes, roosting bars, and drop pans. This beginner's guide to chicken coops provides you the necessary information...

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Chicken School | Homeschool Learning Ideas

Chicken School | Homeschool Learning Ideas

The saying goes, "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade." For many families across the nation, that saying has become a personal mantra as they hunker down to avoid the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools here in Iowa have closed for at least a month, and...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Poultry Biosecurity

We have received many calls regarding the COVID-19 virus and its relationship to poultry and poultry products. McMurray Hatchery is in contact with our state veterinarians and federal and state poultry authorities and continues to monitor the situation. At this time...

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Selecting the Best Chicken Breeds for Your Homestead

Selecting the Best Chicken Breeds for Your Homestead

When you’ve finally made the decision to add chickens to your homestead, you might find you need some help selecting the best chicken breeds. There are so many poultry breeds to choose from in the wonderful world of chickens. From laying hens and meat chickens, to...

read more
Raising Chickens with Ducks

Raising Chickens with Ducks

Raising chickens with ducks is achievable and ideal for those with limited space. When building a chicken coop make sure to plan the space accordingly for both species. Also, chickens and ducks can consume the same type of poultry feed, herbs, and natural supplements....

read more
Homestead Living | Starting a Homestead

Homestead Living | Starting a Homestead

Homesteading for beginners, learn the tips and tricks for the first year of homestead living. Establish a mini farm growing food and raising livestock, and quickly find your homesteading community. A good tribe of people are worth their weight in gold. The dream is...

read more
New 6 Chick Minimum, New Breeds and More for 2020

New 6 Chick Minimum, New Breeds and More for 2020

It's a new year and a new decade. At McMurray Hatchery, we're excited for 2020 — our 103rd year! Our team has been hard at work planning and getting ready for this year's hatch season. Our first hatch of the year is just three weeks away, and the eggs are trayed up...

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McMurray Hatchery at the 2019 National Heirloom Expo

McMurray Hatchery at the 2019 National Heirloom Expo

As our 2019 season is winding down and we start gearing up for the start of our 2020 season, some members of our team are hitting the road to attend conferences and events across the U.S., and spending time connecting with our customers and answering their questions....

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2019 Fall Photo Contest Winners Announced

2019 Fall Photo Contest Winners Announced

2019 Fall Photo Contest Winners!Congratulations to these entrants in the 2019 Fall photo contest! These three photos were so fun we just couldn't resist. The following entrants will each receive a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to McMurray Hatchery:BEVERLY THE...

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McMurray Hatchery On the Road

McMurray Hatchery On the Road

This year the chicks aren't the only ones hitting the road at McMurray Hatchery. Our team is gearing up to head out to several conferences and expos across the U.S. to meet with our customers, talk to those interested in learning more about raising...

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Serving Up Eggs to Iowans in Need

Serving Up Eggs to Iowans in Need

When a holiday lands in the middle of the week, limited mail delivery by the U.S. Postal Service means we are unable to ship day-old baby chicks. It takes a full 21 days to incubate an egg and hatch a chick — and you can't tell the hens to take a week off...

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McMurray Hatchery - New for 2020, 6 Chick Minimum

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