McMurray Hatchery

McMurray Hatchery McMurray Hatchery has been hatching the highest quality day-old baby chicks since 1917. —

For 105 years, McMurray Hatchery has been a trusted, family-owned company dedicated to preserving rare and Heritage breeds, and providing our customers with the highest quality poultry. Whether you are looking for a rainbow of fresh eggs, meat birds to feed your family, or just a few chickens for your backyard, we have the widest selection, low minimums, and the supplies you need to raise a succes

sful flock. Request a FREE CATALOG at McMurrayHatchery.com or by calling 800.456.3280. Desde 1917, Murray McMurray Hatchery ha sido una empresa familiar que proporciona pollitos y aves de corral de la más alta calidad en los Estados Unidos. McMurray Hatchery ha sido un recurso confiable y bien informado durante generaciones. Ya sea que tenga experiencia o sea nuevo en la crianza de pollos, McMurray Hatchery puede ayudarlo. Si desea un arcoíris de huevos coloridos, aves de carne para alimentar a su familia o pollos para su patio trasero, tenemos la selección más amplia, mínimos bajos y el equipo que necesita. Solicite un CATÁLOGO GRATIS en McMurrayHatchery.com o llamando al 800.456.3280.

Winding Roots Homestead is raising more chicks than they ever have before. Follow them to follow their journey. ;)
08/18/2023

Winding Roots Homestead is raising more chicks than they ever have before. Follow them to follow their journey. ;)

More exciting news! We are thrilled to announce that the Coffee with the Chicken Ladies will be joining us at Murray Fes...
08/18/2023

More exciting news! We are thrilled to announce that the Coffee with the Chicken Ladies will be joining us at Murray Fest Midwest — come hear them speak, and then have coffee with them!!

The Midwest's premier poultry and homesteading festival presented by Murray McMurray Hatchery.

GUINEA SALE! https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/assorted_guinea_package.html — DYK that guinea fowl are amazing for insect...
08/17/2023

GUINEA SALE! https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/assorted_guinea_package.html — DYK that guinea fowl are amazing for insect control and they help alert their owners to visitors and predators? SAVE NOW on our Assorted Guinea Fowl package with ship dates between 9/5/2023 and 10/31/2023. Sale priced as indicated on our website, offer valid while supplies last on specified hatch dates.

We have exciting news! Join us next year for our first-ever poultry and homesteading festival! Head to the heartland for...
08/15/2023

We have exciting news! Join us next year for our first-ever poultry and homesteading festival! Head to the heartland for a weekend of learning, community, entertainment — and, of course, chickens! To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit: https://murrayfestmidwest.com

The Midwest's premier poultry and homesteading festival presented by Murray McMurray Hatchery.

Check out this behind-the-scenes video (6 months in the making) showing how Farmer Froberg of Frobergs Farm launched the...
08/04/2023

Check out this behind-the-scenes video (6 months in the making) showing how Farmer Froberg of Frobergs Farm launched their pastured egg business!

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In this video we show the first 6 months of starting our pasture egg laying operation.

The Mottled Houdan is one of the most distinctive breeds we carry: with a top crest, beard, five toes, v-shaped comb, an...
08/04/2023

The Mottled Houdan is one of the most distinctive breeds we carry: with a top crest, beard, five toes, v-shaped comb, and loads of style. While they look like a Polish, they are their own breed. Learn more about the Houdan on our website at https://l.mcmh.biz/houdan — and be sure to click the post below for the Coffee with the Chicken Ladies episode #134 highlighting this special and unique breed!

Gigi took a turn! We are totally in love with these Houdan babies!! They are so loving, and have amazing personalities!
Do you know that we are a podcast? Check out Episode #134, they are the Breed Spotlight!
Grab a coffee and a listen. But.. don’t forget to hug your chicken! 🤗🐓❤️☕️
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DYK that McMurray Hatchery carries fourteen Heritage duck breeds (nineteen varieties in total) — nine of which are liste...
08/02/2023

DYK that McMurray Hatchery carries fourteen Heritage duck breeds (nineteen varieties in total) — nine of which are listed in the The Livestock Conservancy Conservation Priority List? Those nine listed breeds are the Cayuga (watch), Buff or Orpington (watch), Rouen (watch), Saxony (threatened), Silver Appleyard (watch), Campbell (khaki, watch), Swedish (black and blue, watch), Welsh Harlequin (watch), Runner or Indian Runner (black, blue, chocolate, and fawn/white; recovering).

During the month of August, as you place an order for ducklings consider adding one of these endangered breeds to you order: https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/waterfowl.html

To further support these breeds, and to learn more about the Conservation Priority list, consider becoming a member of The Livestock Conservancy by visiting: https://livestockconservancy.org/heritage-breeds/conservation-priority-list/

Did someone say ducks?! 🤩🦆
08/02/2023

Did someone say ducks?! 🤩🦆

Surely you've heard. IT'S DUCK MONTH!!!!!!

You've got heritage ducks. We want heritage duck pictures. And stories. It's like a beautiful, fluffy, quacking match made in the pond!

Submit your photos, duck tales, fowl anecdotes, et cetera via messenger or email to [email protected], and we'll share them to our socials as time and space allows.

Please ... release the QUACKEN!!

McMurray Hatchery is a proud supporter of The Livestock Conservancy and a partner in the efforts to preserve rare and en...
07/28/2023

McMurray Hatchery is a proud supporter of The Livestock Conservancy and a partner in the efforts to preserve rare and endangered Heritage breed poultry. We invite you to help in these efforts by raising and keeping rare and endangered breed. Helping is a easy as adding a rare breed to your chick order, or becoming a member of the Livestock Conservancy. As you prepare to add new breeds of poultry and livestock to your homestead, farm, or backyard, visit the Livestock Conservancy website for information on each rare Heritage breed — from cattle, to sheep, to chickens and more there a number of breeds that could use your help. Learn more about how the list of endangered breeds is compiled by visiting:

Almost 200 Endangered Livestock and Poultry Breeds For the past 37 years, The Livestock Conservancy has been identifying and ranking the threat of extinction for almost 200 heritage breeds of livestock and poultry. “More than 4,000 volunteer breeders and 150+ breed associations work diligently to ...

Our customer service staff in our call room works tirelessly taking calls and answering emails and texts. They help our ...
06/28/2023

Our customer service staff in our call room works tirelessly taking calls and answering emails and texts. They help our customers with orders, and are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all aspects of raising and keeping poultry. For years we have received cards, letters, photos, ribbons, and more from our customers. We've outgrown our small bulletin board, so we're going to fill the wall in our call center room! Help us show them some love by sharing with them how well your birds have done at local fairs, how your kids help raising your chickens, how you raised chickens as a child and are now sharing that same experience with your kids.

Chick Availability Update: Lots of great layer chicks available for the first few weeks of July! Latest update online is...
06/28/2023

Chick Availability Update: Lots of great layer chicks available for the first few weeks of July! Latest update online is for the week of July 17th. Head over to https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/availableview.html and use the filter to view female baby chicks by week. Have questions or need help navigating which breeds are available? Call our office at 800.456.3280.

View currently available day-old baby chicks, ducklings, goslings, turkey poults and more from McMurray Hatchery.

DYK that you can find Coffee with the Chicken Ladies on our blog? Head over to https://blog.mcmurrayhatchery.com/topics/...
06/21/2023

DYK that you can find Coffee with the Chicken Ladies on our blog? Head over to https://blog.mcmurrayhatchery.com/topics/guest-articles/coffee-with-the-chicken-ladies/ for more of their popular series!

New Episode was out yesterday!
We talk the fabulous Houdan chicken! Gigi was so happy! We chat about what to do if your chicken has a prolapse and we give our recipe for Madeleines! It’s a don’t miss!
Grab a coffee and a listen. But.. don’t forget to hug your chicken!🤗🐓❤️☕️
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Great article over on the Roots and Refuge Farm blog by Jessica Sowards highlighting the Heritage breeds of livestock an...
06/19/2023

Great article over on the Roots and Refuge Farm blog by Jessica Sowards highlighting the Heritage breeds of livestock and poultry they prefer for their farm. :)

Check out these breeds with chicks available* over the next three weeks: Ameraucanas, Buff Orpingtons, Cinnamon Hybrid L...
06/14/2023

Check out these breeds with chicks available* over the next three weeks: Ameraucanas, Buff Orpingtons, Cinnamon Hybrid Layers, Light Brahmas, Pearl White Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, and a limited number of Whiting True Greens! Shop now at https://mcmurrayhatchery.com !

*Website updates continuously. Breeds available may vary as orders are placed. Need help placing an order? Call 800.456.3280. Spanish speaking operators available.

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UPDATE/ANSWER: One!! According to the APA Standard of Perfection, all the Heritage turkeys fall under ONE breed: the ‘Tu...
05/11/2023

UPDATE/ANSWER: One!! According to the APA Standard of Perfection, all the Heritage turkeys fall under ONE breed: the ‘Turkey’. Names such as Narragansett, Royal Palm, Standard Bronze, etc are actually ‘Varieties’.

TRIVIA TIME: Heading into the end of the week with a bit of . Today's question is: How many BREEDS of Heritage turkeys are there?

Let's see how well you know your turkeys, standards, and poultry lingo. Enter your answer/guess in the comments. Let's see who knows their stuff. American Poultry Association

Froberg's Farm,  ALVIN,TX and Farmer Froberg’s laying hens are growing fast!
05/07/2023

Froberg's Farm, ALVIN,TX and Farmer Froberg’s laying hens are growing fast!

Chickens are not a big part of the farm, but they sure do make us smile.

05/05/2023
SHOP DUCKLINGS https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/duckling.html — Add some variety to your flock this season. Mix and matc...
05/04/2023

SHOP DUCKLINGS https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/duckling.html — Add some variety to your flock this season. Mix and match as few as one of any breed/sex of duckling, then try one of a new breed for a splash of fun! All waterfowl orders have a low minimum of just 2 birds (can be one duckling and a gosling, too)! Shop ducklings now by visiting https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/duckling.html

📷 Photo courtesy of Thayne Media & Acorn Creek Farmstead

It’s said chickens are a gateway to other animals, and often that next thing is waterfowl. In this blog post, Cassidy Co...
04/21/2023

It’s said chickens are a gateway to other animals, and often that next thing is waterfowl. In this blog post, Cassidy Cornell from the Halftime Homestead shares her experiences adding ducks on her small homestead.

We're hitting the road again this Spring and Summer! We're kicking it off at The Homestead Festival at Rory Feek's farm ...
04/19/2023

We're hitting the road again this Spring and Summer! We're kicking it off at The Homestead Festival at Rory Feek's farm in June. Then, McMurray Hatchery's Tom Watkins will be speaking at the Modern Homesteading Conference; Mother Earth News event in Erie, PA; Homesteaders of New England; and the Homesteaders of America conference. Meet Tom and the rest of the team at these upcoming events.

04/10/2023

Hatch Day Check In!

Waxing poetic with chickens. Love it. 🥰 Roots and Refuge Farm
04/07/2023

Waxing poetic with chickens. Love it. 🥰 Roots and Refuge Farm

Oh to live a life where the simple moments captivate you, set your heart to beating hard, woo you fiercely.

Local chicks available at the Bomgaars in Webster City! Looking for great laying breeds? We had a better than egg-specte...
04/06/2023

Local chicks available at the Bomgaars in Webster City! Looking for great laying breeds? We had a better than egg-spected hatch on a few breeds this week: Ameraucanas, Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, Pearl White Leghorns, and Red Stars. Find them just across HWY 20 from us at the Bomgaars Supply! Hurry over, they won’t last long!

So we took a little trip to Acorn Creek Farmstead for A Farm Girl In The Making - Ann Accetta-Scott's first Chick Days o...
04/03/2023

So we took a little trip to Acorn Creek Farmstead for A Farm Girl In The Making - Ann Accetta-Scott's first Chick Days on the Farm event. Thanks to our friends at Hardison Mill Homestead School for coming to the event. So great to see all our Tennessee friends! See you all again in June at The Homestead Festival! https://youtu.be/QzlPLBgLIjI — Rory Feek

The One Room Schoolhouse went on a field trip to pick up baby chicks at a fun event called "Chick Days" held at Acorn Creek Farmstead, which is owned by our ...

04/01/2023

Our favorite farm facts are the ones about chickens, geese and other poultry!! 🥰 Farmer Froberg

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DYK Plymouth Rocks come in several varieties: Barred, Partridge, Buff, and these stunning White Rocks. White Rocks are g...
03/23/2023

DYK Plymouth Rocks come in several varieties: Barred, Partridge, Buff, and these stunning White Rocks. White Rocks are great layers that often lay through the winter months!

Looking for a colorful and unusual pheasant? Check out these Temminck Tragopan Pheasants! https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.c...
03/23/2023

Looking for a colorful and unusual pheasant? Check out these Temminck Tragopan Pheasants! https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/temminck_tragopan_pheasant.html

The Temminck Tragopan Pheasants are native to Eastern India, Southern and Central Asia, and Central China. These horned birds have short bills, and tail feathers that are shorter than the wings. Male Temminck's Tragopan Pheasants have bright blue faces and colorful feathering spotted with ocelli (a marking that resembles an eye, like on the tail feathers of a male peacock) underneath. These are extremely hardy birds and are easy to keep in a medium-to-large aviary. SOLD IN PAIRS.

Anyone need some good cluck? :)
03/04/2023

Anyone need some good cluck? :)

We find this to be true!

Our friends at Coffee with the Chicken Ladies made their local news recently. DYK you can find their breed spotlights on...
02/25/2023

Our friends at Coffee with the Chicken Ladies made their local news recently. DYK you can find their breed spotlights on our blog? https://blog.mcmurrayhatchery.com/ . And catch their podcast anywhere you get your favorite podcasts!

Two women in Harford County know just about everything there is to know about raising chickens. And they're sharing via their weekly podcast, "Coffee with the Chicken Ladies."

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A century of dedication, one generation at a time

Since 1917, McMurray Hatchery has been a family-owned company taking pride in providing our customers with the highest quality day-old baby chicks, baby and juvenile poultry, and a complete line of poultry equipment and related products. Known as the world’s largest rare breed hatchery, McMurray Hatchery carries the widest selection of Heritage, rare and exotic breeds of poultry and other fowl.

We have been a trusted, knowledgeable industry resource for generations. Whether you are an experienced or novice enthusiast, we are sure you will enjoy our wide selection of breeds and supplies to assist you with raising your flock. For more information, call our office at (800) 456-3280, or visit our website at http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com.

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What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish ? Obviously Guy is off the menu this year , he's become a family pet . However I've reached the age where the parents expect the kids to bring side dishes 😂 I'm 33 and like what happen to when we just show up 😂 I'm joking as I get older I find myself enjoying cooking . Don't tell my husband though , he might think something is weird if I take pb&j off the menu 😂 again a joke . Tell me your favorite Thanksgiving dish . And enjoy this beautiful picture of Guy . McMurray Hatchery
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GIVEAWAY ALERT! How would you spend a $250 gift certificate from McMurray Hatchery ?

One very lucky winner will receive a $250 gift certificate to McMurray Hatchery. Valid on any baby poultry purchase at https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/index.html

Whether you are an experienced or novice enthusiast, you are bound to enjoy the wide selection of breeds and supplies to assist you with raising your flock. Visit McMurrayHatchery.com to see the variety of options available and enter for your chance to win:

https://backyardpoultry.iamcountryside.com/sweepstakes/fall-2022-mcmurray-hatchery/
Placed our pre-order for spring chicks from McMurray Hatchery. Pasture raised chicken coming down the road!
It’s that time of year! Place your orders for 2023 with McMurray Hatchery. We have been very happy with our birds from there, and we are excited to be adding some blue and green Whitings in the spring to provide more of those beautiful blue and green eggs our customers enjoy. We like our chicken dinners so much that we will also be doing another batch of Cornish Cross next fall. We hoped to add an American Bresse flock this year but they were pretty much sold out for the year in a couple hours. Don’t wait!
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🐥🐥New arrivals to the farm. Eleven Niederrheiners, eight White Naked Necks, and one blue “Surprise Chick.” Too darn cute! Thanks again to McMurray Hatchery for another healthy and happy delivery! 😍🐥🐥
Want to learn more about the Andalusian Chicken? Check out our Breed Spotlight Blog post over McMurray Hatchery ! And give a listen to Episode 97, for the Andalusian Breed Spotlight! https://www.buzzsprout.com/1409773/11414842-episode-97-andalusian-chicken-nestera-coop-review-tortilla-baked-eggs-collecting-jadeite-chickens
Our New Year's Eve Gala celebrates the stories of the Webster City area. We're proud to recognize McMurray Hatchery as one of our longest standing chamber members.

The chamber evolved out of what began as the Webster City Commercial League in 1915, when Murray McMurray was still selling chicks out of the back room of the bank. In 1917, Murray McMurray Hatchery officially began.

Read more about how after 105 years, there's now Webster City natives nationwide. 🐥🐣
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Thank you to inTANDEM marketing for their partnership helping to tell the stories of the Webster City area.
Such an honor to be recognized and get to work with McMurray Hatchery! If you’re in the market for baby chicks, check them out.

It’s turkey time! We will have a limited number of fresh, pastured turkeys available for Thanksgiving. These are LARGE turkeys, Murray’s Broad Breasted Bronze and Murray’s Giant White, purchased from McMurray Hatchery. Our hens will dress out between 25-30lbs and toms will go 35-45lbs. If you’re feeding a large group of people on turkey day, if you have a hankering for leftovers, or if you want to piece it out and freeze individual cuts to have turkey for multiple meals, these birds are the ticket.

$5/lb is the price and we ask for a $50 deposit to hold your bird. If you’d like a particular size range, let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate it.

All birds will be processed the weekend before Thanksgiving and MUST be picked up by Monday evening here at the farm in Greenfield, NH. Shoot us a message to reserve yours.
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Alora’s got some new baby chicks from McMurray Hatchery. Any one guess what breed it is?
Raising my own meat has been on my homestead to-do list for years, but I have put it off until this year.

I started small by raising 8 Cornish Cross birds from McMurray Hatchery and processing them at a workshop with Ann at Acorn Creek Farmstead .

A local friend (Maplewood Homestead) then held another processing workshop that I also attended. I have the entire process down where I feel comfortable doing it on my own homestead, though I do still struggle with dispatching.

I am so thankful for the community that I am able to learn from and grow with. Without them I may still have no homegrown meat in my freezer.

If you have a skill that you want to learn, don’t let the fear of making mistakes hold you back. You have to start somewhere… so just start! ❤️

We love our Hatchery! ♥️♥️♥️ McMurray Hatchery
Asked by our class today, we get our cornish cross chicks from McMurray Hatchery
They have great birds, we’ve actually gotten all of our original chickens except the Ayam Cemanis from them! ❤️🐥🐓 and they have great customer service ❤️