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2019 Summer Photo Contest Winner Announced

Congratulations Lizzy Diaz — the winner in our 2019 Summer Photo Contest! As a winner, Lizzy will receive a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to McMurray Hatchery.

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...

Spring is in the Air Photo Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to these entrants in the 2018 Spring is in the Air photo contest! These winning photos will be used on our website, and in our marketing materials. The following entrants will each receive a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to McMurray Hatchery: SILVER...

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...

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...

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

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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