Murray Mcmurray Hatchery do they sell good birds?

ChickenKid11

Chirping
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Aug 10, 2011
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I have been looking at Murray Mcmurray for a long time now but the real question is "Do they sell good birds?" Any feed back is appreciated!
 

Illia

Crazy for Colors
10 Years
Oct 19, 2009
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Forks, WA
Define "good"


If by healthy, they're as healthy as any big hatchery chicken would turn out to be, but by the standard for the breed - Most of the time, no. Your chickens won't turn out to look like their illustrations (but the illustrations show would they would look like if they weren't from a hatchery) The chicks from there have been bred for egg laying, so most won't be as big, fluffy, or well colored/patterned as should be by the Standard of Perfection.

But, as simple pets, they're great, however I have indeed come across several birds from them with issues. (eggbound hens, deformed backs, crooked toes) however if it happened too often, McMurray wouldn't last as long as a business as it has been.
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CluckyJay

Songster
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Feb 23, 2011
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Crossville, Tennessee
Bantam Rhode Island Red hen from McMurray. She is much darker than this picture makes her look.

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Golden Sebright

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Leghorn roo and bantam rir.

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RIR rooster with my half boer half mini mancha goat.

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Vamvakas

Songster
8 Years
Sep 30, 2011
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North Branford, CT
Getting around 43 chicks from McMurrays this april, first time ordering from them so I can't say if there good or not. I hear they chicks are always healthy when you get them.
 
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gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
10 Years
Sep 22, 2009
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My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
I've never ordered from Murray McMurray but that company is favored by Martha Stewart. She gets her chicks from Murray McMurray and she has a really significant number of chickens of all sorts of breeds.

Just thought I'd throw that out - I am not a Martha Stewart fan but I did watch the show where she featured chickens (and several BYC members were invited to the show taping, as was I, but I could not attend). That may sound like I'm a fan, but I was only interested as a home chicken keeper.
 

Illia

Crazy for Colors
10 Years
Oct 19, 2009
16,240
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336
Forks, WA
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its like a perfecy picture though...

But doesn't it show they breed aggressive EE's, making them not have the best stock, at least, in Easter Eggers?
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F50myster

Songster
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Dec 21, 2010
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Quote:
its like a perfecy picture though...

But doesn't it show they breed aggressive EE's, making them not have the best stock, at least, in Easter Eggers?
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okay thank you
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i replaced it with something more appropiate
 

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