McMurray Hatchery Blog

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

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...

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...

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...

Gail Damerow Discusses Treating a Wounded Chicken

No matter how careful you are about providing your chickens with a safe environment, sooner or later, you’ll discover one with a wound requiring treatment. Continuing our interview series with poultry expert and best-selling author, Gail Damerow, we ask her about...

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...

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.

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...

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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...

read more
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
Gail Damerow Discusses Treating a Wounded Chicken

Gail Damerow Discusses Treating a Wounded Chicken

No matter how careful you are about providing your chickens with a safe environment, sooner or later, you’ll discover one with a wound requiring treatment. Continuing our interview series with poultry expert and best-selling author, Gail Damerow, we ask her about...

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Brooding Fall Chicks

Brooding Fall Chicks

Our thoughts on brooding Fall chicks have changed over our years of chicken keeping experience. We were strongly in the Spring chicks camp for most of our chicken tending days, until the last two years, when we tried bringing chicks in later in the Summer. When the...

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2022 Customer Photo Winners, Round One

2022 Customer Photo Winners, Round One

Customer Photos to Appear in 2022 McMurray Hatchery Marketing Congratulations to photo contest winners Anna Christian and Teddi Yaeger! Their photos have been selected to be used in our 2022 marketing materials — premiering in our full page ad on the back cover of the...

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Composting Chicken Manure Fertilizer

Composting Chicken Manure Fertilizer

After raising chickens for a short while, you will understand the importance of composting chicken manure fertilizer. Even a small flock will produce an admirable amount of chicken manure. Some gardeners refer to this as garden gold. Once composted, chicken manure...

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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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