The History of Murray McMurray Hatchery

Murray McMurray hatchery is where many of us buy our poultry, they sell quality birds, tons of supplies and offer excellent customer service and support. That might be all we need to know, but the company has a history, a long history, and I’d like to share with you their story…

Murray McMurray officially started his chicken business in 1917. He had always been interested in poultry as a young man and particularly enjoyed showing birds at the local and state fairs. He was in the banking business at this time and sold baby chicks through the bank to area farmers and hobbyists… Continue reading

Best Classroom Incubator and Brooder Kit

If you’re looking for the best COMPLETE kit for hatching baby chicks in the classroom, this is it. The key to an enjoyable experience is being prepared with the proper set-up. This incubator and brooder kit is from a reputable company who will stand by their product.

You can also expect a friendly and knowledgeable staff that will be happy to help you with ANY questions you might have along the way.

Order the kit first, then ask a Murray McMurray  representative about how and when to order hatching eggs. It’s that easy!

Note: Make sure you’ve arranged a place for your chicks to go once they’ve hatched. Craig’s list in ‘Farm & Garden’ is the best place to re-home baby chicks. They’ll probably go fast if you price them at $3.00 ea. Remember what breed they are, that will be important to many chicken keepers.

Everything you will need to incubate, hatch and brood, plus a book and a poster are included in this kit. You will receive:

  • 1) Full View Picture Window Incubator includes: electronic thermostat, fan and automatic egg turner.
  • 2) The book Guide to Better Hatching.
  • 3) Candling Device used to check the progress of development.
  • 4) Brooder – After the birds are dry from hatching use the accompanying brooder to continue the healthy growth of chicks. This brooder is made of heavy galvanized wire mesh, wire floor and approx 1 1/2” to 2″ deep set-in plastic tray. There are clips on the side of the cage for easy removal and cleaning of the bottom pan. The brooder is to be used in a room that is approximately 70 degrees with no direct drafts. The brooder holds 30 chicks for up to 10 days. It is easily assembled. The brooder kit includes:
    • (a) Brooder Cage measuring 30” W x 18” L x 18” H.
    • (B) Plastic poultry Waterer.
    • (c) Snap on Feeder.
    • (d) 5 lbs. of Chick Feed, 1 lb. Grit. and 4oz Quik Chik
    • (e) Single Bulb Brooder Lamp with Infra-Red Heat Bulb
    • (f) Brooder Thermometer

    Order the Classroom Incubator and Brooder Kit at Murray McMurray Hatchery

     

Which Chicken Breed Provides Your Store Bought Eggs?

About the Commercial Shelf Eggs You Buy

White Eggs

Commercial egg-laying stock is produced by crossing two or more White Leghorn lines that have been selected for high egg production. White Leghorn pullets are the industry standard white egg layers that produce all of the eggs for the grocery stores worldwide. They will start laying at 20 weeks old and lay about 300 eggs annually. Hens average weight is 4.5 pounds.

These birds are a nice choice for the backyard poultry keeper, they can be purchased online and shipped from Murray McMurray Hatchery to your local post office. You can also keep an eye out for them at local feed stores.

Note: I personally don’t consider the Leghorn heat tolerant, if you live in a climate that reaches 105+ their survival rate in my opinion is poor.

What About the Brown Eggs?

The brown eggs are usually crosses on commercial lines developed from two different breeds and varieties, such as the Rhode Island Red, Barred Plymouth Rock, or New Hampshire Red.