What came first – the chicken or the egg?

Did you know that there are commercial hatcheries that provide baby chicks to people all over the country? Did you know that there are chickens that are raised primarily for meat, chickens that are primarily egg layers, and other chickens that are dual purpose?

Here is a tour of the Murray McMurray Hatchery in Webster City, Iowa. They have been hatching chickens for more than 100 years, and currently hatch 50,000 eggs per day. They also sell turkeys, game birds and waterfowl. It’s quite an operation, and very human hands on.

If you want to learn more, or perhaps order some chicks for yourself:

Murray McMurray Hatchery

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5 Responses to What came first – the chicken or the egg?

  1. czarina33 says:

    We always thought we’d have chickens for eggs and pets. That one looks very personable…

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    • stella says:

      And you live where you can have a rooster. No picky neighbors or city regulations.

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      • weather257 says:

        We haven’t had much luck with roosters…they run the hens around a lot. Our neighbors have more chickens than we do and only one rooster – maybe a better proportion. We’ve ordered from that hatchery in the past; but now the quantity for a decent price per chick is too high, so we get them from our local farm supply. Works out better anyway, because older chicks are more likely to survive than the 2-day-old ones you get by mail.
        They are characters!!

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        • stella says:

          The plus with McMurray is that variety, I think. When I was a kid we had a mean rooster. I think he ended up in the pot. The plus (as you know) is that you get fertile eggs that you can hatch yourself, and the rooster does give some predator protection.

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  2. weather257 says:

    Great video, Stella. Bet they’re busy these days!!

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