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: