The first hatchery we ever ordered chicks from was Murrary McMurray Hatchery in Fall 2016. Now, two years later, we have the privilege of touring their facility & showing how it's all done for the internet to see.
Our day started at 6 AM, getting the history of the company from head of marketing, Ashley Watkins. We moved on to the sexing room - where two spend each day quickly determining the sex of the chicks using the vent & wing methods.
From there, we were introduced to Ashley's husband, Tom, the Vice President of McMurray Hatchery. He took us through the incubators... the newest ones holding 110,000 eggs each - & they have 3 of them! This was the slower part of the year... so they (only) hatch out 25,000 chicks/week, with the peak season being as many as 125,000 chicks/week.
We moved onto the hatching room where today's chicks were all hatching & being counted, sorted & moved to either the sexing room or to the shipment floor.
Then the exciting part... seeing all of the chicks converge on the shipping room! Learning about vaccinations, seeing how a customer's box is loaded & prepared for shipping & getting to see our chicks!
That's right... we needed meat birds to fill our freezers with chicken meat for the winter. So a big incentive for us to go to the hatchery was to pick out some Cornish Cross meat birds. We did pick out 6 other chicks that we'll share in the next video.
Murray McMurray Hatchery is the top seller of rare breeds & the gold standard for hatcheries. When looking to get your next batch of chickens, we hope you'll consider them!
Get your free catalog or order some chicks: www.mcmurrayhatchery.com