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

Using Chickens and Geese in the Garden

Chickens and geese aren’t just a great homestead food source. You can start using chickens and geese in the garden to help you create a bountiful harvest each year! And, if you’ve ever wanted to start raising geese, this is a great excuse for you to dive right in this...

Raising Free-Range Poultry

The benefits of free-range poultry are great. The process creates a healthier bird, meat, and egg product. To make the process enjoyable and less stressful for the poultry keeper, poultry learn the best techniques on how to free-range poultry successfully. Is there...

Chicken Coop Ideas | Our Favorite Coops

Chicken coops come in as many shapes and sizes as there are breeds of chickens. As popularity for keeping chickens has risen over the past decade, chicken coops now range from those built purely for function, to a custom dream home for backyard flocks with white glove...

Chicken School | Hatching Baby Chicks

Last month when schools closed across the country and the kids were suddenly needing some educational activities to keep them busy, we began Chicken School in our home. If you caught our first blog in this series, Chicken School, Homeschool Learning Ideas, you know we...

How to Build a Quick and Easy Chicken Coop

An easy chicken coop. Is there even such a thing? With the plethora of chicken coop plans that are out there, sometimes we just want something simple and easy. A DIY chicken coop is even better especially if you’re on a budget. Make it a chicken tractor, and we’ve got...

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...
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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Gail Damerow Discusses Egg Quality

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...

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Photo Contest Winners Announced

Photo Contest Winners Announced

The 2019 Murray McMurray catalog will be landing in mailboxes late December / early January. We are thankful to be able to feature so many amazing photos submitted by our customers each year, and this year was no exception. Our 2019 catalog will feature...

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Enter to Win FREE CHICKS

Enter to Win FREE CHICKS

In celebration of our 2019 season — and for the first time ever — we are giving away FREE CHICKS! Now through December 2nd, sign up for the McMurray Hatchery newsletter for a chance to win a box of 15 female day-old baby chicks from our newest and best breeds...

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French Black Copper Marans – New Breed for 2019

French Black Copper Marans – New Breed for 2019

McMurray Hatchery is the oldest, and largest, hatchery in the United States. We offer over 100 breeds of poultry from day-old baby chicks, ducks, geese, turkeys and other fowl. Each year we carefully select breeds to add to our selection. For our 2019 season, we are...

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Bielefelder – New Breed for 2019

Bielefelder – New Breed for 2019

For over a century, McMurray Hatchery has been offering the widest selection of poultry breeds and remained dedicated to preserving the quality of each breed as set forth by the American Standard of Perfection — and 2019 is no exception. McMurray Hatchery is thrilled...

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Gail Damerow Discusses Egg Candling

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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