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McMurray Hatchery at the 2019 Homesteaders of America Conference

This October, McMurray’s Bud Wood and Tom Watkins headed to Front Royal, Virginia, to connect with homesteaders as a sponsor at the 2019 Homesteaders of America Conference.

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....

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...

Donating to the Cause: Preserving Rare Breeds

For over a century, McMurray Hatchery has remained dedicated to preserving rare and exotic poultry breeds. Today we carry over 120 breeds of chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, guineas, peafowl, pheasants and other rare and exotic birds. As part of our...
2019 Spring is in the Air Photo Contest

2019 Spring is in the Air Photo Contest

It seemed like Winter would never end but warmer weather is finally here and Spring is in the air! Now through April 21st, enter photos of your Spring chickens in our third annual Spring is in the Air photo contest. Send us photos of your baby chicks,...

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NEW Lower Minimum on Two Best-Selling Assortments

NEW Lower Minimum on Two Best-Selling Assortments

NEW! Starting in April, to meet the needs of our customers with limitations on the number of birds they are allowed, we are offering lower minimums on two of our best-selling assortments — Murray's Choice Layer Assortment and our Brown Egg Layer...

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2019 Battle of the Breeds

2019 Battle of the Breeds

Spring has sprung and we're in the mood for a little fun. Over the next few weeks, we're inviting you to play in our first ever Battle of the Breeds. We're pitting 64 of our top breeds against each other and offering you a chance to vote for your favorite breeds....

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2019 Mystery Chick Photo Contest Winner Announced

2019 Mystery Chick Photo Contest Winner Announced

For years, McMurray Hatchery has been including a free mystery chick with each order. It's exciting to receive one and try to determine the breed as they grow. With over 100 breeds, our customers have received crested varieties, speckled beauties,...

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Preparing for Your New Chicks

Preparing for Your New Chicks

The first time we brought home a box of chicks, I was terrified. The day-old chicks needed specialized care and I wanted to do everything right to help them grow from cheeping balls of fluff to a feathered flock clucking around the pasture.I read a lot of...

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Fill Your Coop With These Red Breeds This February

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...

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Gail Damerow Discusses Egg Anomalies

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...

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Winter Photo Contest Winners Announced

Winter Photo Contest Winners Announced

Winter Photo Contest Winners! Congratulations to these Winter photo contest winners, and thank you to all who entered. There were so many beautiful photos to choose from! These winning photos will be used on our website, and in our marketing materials. The...

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Building for the Future – An Update

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...

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Building for the Future

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.

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