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Fill Your Coop With These Red Breeds This February

February kicks off chick season at the Hatchery and Valentine's Day is right around the corner. We're feeling festive and highlighting many of the 'RED' chicken breeds we love. RHODE ISLAND RED The Rhode Island Red is one of the most famous and...

Gail Damerow Discusses Egg Anomalies

Once you start gathering fresh eggs from your flock daily, you may start to notice differences or imperfections in them. As part of our blog series with poultry expert and best-selling author, Gail Damerow, we ask her about a few of the most common egg...

Building for the Future – An Update

In December 2018 we announced that we were in the midst of a major expansion project — building a new state-of-the-art barn dedicated preserving rare and exotic breeds, breeding new varieties, and more. We're thrilled to announce that the new facility...

Building for the Future

Continuing our dedication to preserving rare and exotic breeds, we are in the process of building a new, state-of-the-art barn.

Gail Damerow Discusses Egg Quality

Continuing our series with poultry expert and best-selling author, Gail Damerow, we talk to her about egg quality. The internal quality of an egg is determined by the appearance and consistency of the contents inside the shell, which you can examine by breaking a...

Gail Damerow Discusses Egg Candling

Pictured above: Candling a 5-day-old egg. The air pocket, veins and chick's eye are clearly visible at this stage. As a poultry owner with laying hens, at some point you may decide to try your hand at incubating and hatching your own eggs. But, how can you tell if an...

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Starting Our 2019 Flock (Video)

Each year, when Summer turns to Fall, our team at McMurray Hatchery begins the annual process to hatch and raise our breeder flock for the following season. We hatch and ship day-old, baby chicks from January through October each year. It takes between 18 and 22 weeks...

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4-H Broiler Project Compares Two Top Broiler Breeds

For many years, McMurray Hatchery has been a proud supporter of 4-H projects across the country. Each Spring 4-H’ers across the country order their day-old baby chicks from our hatchery and raise them for projects or to show at their county and state fairs. This year,...

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Gail Damerow Discusses Prolapse and Egg Binding in Laying Hens

Raising and keeping a flock of laying hens can be very rewarding , but, when complications arise such as prolapse or an egg-bound hen, it can be stressful for both the hen and their owner. In the second article in our series with poultry expert and best-selling author, Gail Damerow, we ask her about these two topics.

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2018 Make a Splash Photo Contest Winner Announced

2018 Make a Splash Photo Contest Winner! Congratulations to Caroline Scott! Her amazing photography of her Sebastopol Geese will be used on our website, and in our marketing materials. Ms. Scott will receive a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to McMurray Hatchery. All...

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Gail Damerow Discusses a Hen’s Laying Cycles and Life Span

Pictured above: Buff Orpingtons, Black Australorps, Red Star, and Pearl White Leghorn. Photo by CJ Zuppan, 2018 McMurray Hatchery Spring is in the Air photo contest. When you raise chicks to start a laying flock, it may seem to take forever before you see their first...

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