SOLD OUT for 2018! Pullet Interest List: Bayside 4-H Poultry Project Coop-Ready Backyard Hens, $20 each ($25 each for rare breeds)
SOLD OUT for 2018! Bayside 4-H Poultry Project Coop-Ready Backyard Hens, $20 each
These hardy pullets (female chickens) will be 5 to 12 weeks old and ready to move into your backyard coop! From February through June we will have 5 to 8-week-old pullets in 12 different egg layer and dual purpose breeds, raised by 4-H Poultry Project members and ready to go to their new homes!

Why Buy Our 5 to 12-week Old Pullets?
* Coop-ready--No need for heat lamps, expensive electric bills, cardboard box brooders and fragile day-old chicks!
* Fed non-GMO, organic, corn-free, soy-free feed.
* Tamed from daily handling by 4-H Poultry Project members.
* Taught to forage and free-range by real hens.
* Vaccinated for Marek's Disease
* Ready to lay in only 3-5 more months!

New to Chickens?
Check out our online presentation: Backyard Chicken Basics: A Quick-Start Guide to Keeping Chickens: http://goo.gl/BcMhm (speaker notes are available when you click on the options wheel at the lower left of the screen)

Contact: Janine 510-299-2586
Please visit our website: www.littleredhenranch.com for FAQs and more!

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Breeds Available in Future Broods
We are offering additional breeds in future broods this season. Some breeds are sold out for this season. Please let us know in the comments section what Murray McMurray Hatchery breeds you would like us to offer in 2019!
SOLD OUT for 2018: Cuckoo Maran
SOLD OUT for 2018: How many Cuckoo Maran (dark brown eggs)?
https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/cuckoo_maran.html This breed was developed in France in the mid 1800's in the town for which it bears its name, Marans. They had made their way to England in the early 1900's and quickly became very popular for their very dark brown eggs - a trait they are still known for today. These beautiful birds were first exhibited in 1929 in Paris by the Poultry Breeders Society of France and since then have gradually made themselves popular in various countries around the world. We carry the Cuckoo variety of Maran which resembles the Barred Rock in color by displaying feathers which are all crossed throughout with irregular dark and light slate colored bars. Maran's lay the darkest eggs of any breed we carry and are a nice dual purpose bird for both eggs and meat.
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SOLD OUT for 2018: Rhode Island Red
SOLD OUT for 2018: How many Rhode Island Red (brown egg layer)?
https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/rhode_island_reds.html This is one of the most famous and all time popular breeds of truly American chickens. Developed in the early part of the last century in the state of the same name, they have maintained their reputation as a dual purpose fowl through the years. Outstanding for production qualities, they have led the contests for brown egg layers time after time. No other heavy breed lays more or better eggs than the Rhode Island Reds. Our "production" strain is keeping up the fine reputation of this old favorite. Baby chicks are a rusty red color and the mature birds are a variety of mahogany red.
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SOLD OUT for 2018: Red Star
SOLD OUT for 2018: How many Red Star (BEST brown egg layer)?
http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/red_star.html We have finally found the sex link BROWN EGG LAYER that meets our strict specifications; easy to raise, lays large brown eggs, and has a good feed conversion ratio. A "sex-link" chicken is one, which at time of hatch, can be sexed by its color. RED STAR: These hens will mature with feathers that are reddish brown with flecks of white throughout. The males are all white with nice yellow skin. (They will not retain the same characteristics in future generations.) At approximately 22 weeks these hens will start to lay and lay they will. We're sure this hardy bird will become a favorite of yours as it lays eggs right through hot or cold weather. No wonder it's called the Red Star.
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SOLD OUT for 2018. Delaware
SOLD OUT for 2018. How many Delaware (brown eggs)?
https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/delaware.html This breed was founded in the state of Delaware from an original Barred Rock and New Hampshire cross. The Delaware is considered a heavy breed which lays a nice brown egg. Males are medium size and large enough to butcher for meat and the hens will make a nice "stewing" dish when they are done laying. The feathering on these beautiful birds is almost all white but shows a slight indication of barring in the hackle and tail. Delaware are a nice quiet bird when well tended to.
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SOLD OUT for 2018. Silver Laced Wyandotte
SOLD OUT for 2018. How many Silver Laced Wyandotte (brown eggs)?
https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/silver_laced_wyandottes.html The Silver Laced is the original Wyandotte and the other varieties were developed from it later with crosses on other breeds. It is an outstanding example of American poultry breeding ingenuity and is one of the most beautiful breeds we offer. It is colorful, hardy, and productive. The broadfeathered, smooth fitting plumage is sharply marked. The general appearance is silvery white and lustrous greenish black as each feather is edged in a contrasting color. The close-fitting rose comb and good body size are valuable assets for winter laying. Cold weather doesn't seem to bother them at all as their hardiness and vigor keep them laying straight through the winter. They lay a nicely shaped, good sized egg, varying from light to rich brown and will set some. This is another excellent variety for exhibition. Baby chicks vary from almost black to light silvery gray and many have contrasting light and dark stripes on the back.
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SOLD OUT for 2018. Ameraucana
SOLD OUT for 2018. How many Ameraucana (blue-green eggs)?
http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/araucanas_americanas.html This unusual breed gets in name from the Indian tribe of Chilie where they were first discovered. Our chicks have some Araucana and some Ameraucana breeding mixed and consequently are not for show but are beautiful chickens known for their ability to lay colored eggs of shades varying from turquoise to blue. Each bird will typically lay a different shade of colored egg that will amaze your friends and make a wonderful "show and tell" type project for school. Adults are of medium size with pea combs and our breeding stock are selected for their ability to produce colored eggs. They exhibit a wonderful combination of colors and color patterns and 10 or 20 of these birds will make an absolutely beautiful laying flock that is extremely hardy and will be the talk of the town. Baby chicks come in all colors, plain and fancy, just like the adults. This is a unique breed and great fun to have when the colored eggs start coming. Our chicks are recommended for egg laying color and ability, not for exhibition.
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SOLD OUT for 2018. New Hampshire Red (available from Brood #2)
SOLD OUT for 2018. How many New Hampshire Red (brown eggs)?
https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/new_hampshire_reds.html This breed originated in the state of New Hampshire at the hands of poultry farmers who started with R.I. Reds and by means of generation after generation of selective breeding intensified the characteristics of early maturity, rapid full feathering, and production of large brown eggs. We used to improve our flocks with males from a New Hampshire breeder who described his birds as being especially endowed with "spizzerinktum"; and they were unusually handsome and vigorous. The mature birds are a rich chestnut red, of a somewhat lighter and more even shade than the R.I. Reds and the baby chicks are also a lighter red.
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SOLD OUT for 2018: Speckled Sussex
SOLD OUT for 2018. How many Speckled Sussex (brown eggs)?
https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/speckled_sussex.html The Speckled Sussex was developed in Sussex County, England over 100 years ago. It was famous there as a table fowl with pinkish white skin and long, deep body ideal for fattening. It is of medium size, in the heavy breed class, a layer of light brown or tinted eggs, and the hens will set. Its plumage color is a delight to the eye being of rich mahogany base color with individual feathers ending in a white tip separated from the rest of the feathers by a black bar. Baby chicks vary greatly in color from a creamy buff to dark chestnut and some also have alternate dark and light stripes lengthwise on the back. This variety combines beauty with utility, and is very nice to raise for showing.
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SOLD OUT for 2018. Barred Rock
SOLD OUT for 2018. Want this breed in 2019?How many Barred Rock (brown eggs)?
https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/barred_rocks.html The Barred Rock is one of the all time popular favorites in this country. Developed in New England in the early 1800's by crossing Dominiques and Black Javas, it has spread to every part of the U.S. and is an ideal American chicken. Prolific layers of brown eggs, the hens are not discouraged by cold weather. Their solid plumpness and yellow skin make a beautiful heavy roasting fowl. Our strain has the narrow, clean barring so desirable in appearance. Their bodies are long, broad, and deep with bred-in strength and vitality. These chickens are often called Plymouth Rocks, but this title correctly belongs to the entire breed, not just the Barred variety. Whatever you call them, you can't beat them for steady, reliable chickens. Baby chicks are dark gray to black with some white patches on head and body.
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SOLD OUT for 2018. Black Australorp
SOLD OUT for 2018. Want this breed in 2019?How many Black Australorp (brown egg layer)?
https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/black_australorps.html This breed originated in Australia developed from Black Orpingtons imported from England; and the emphasis of the breeding program was on egg production without sacrificing too much in size and meat quality. Some sensational results were made in the Australian program, and one hen set a laying record of 364 eggs in 365 days. Introduced into this country in the 1920's, they have become useful and popular and are certainly one of the best layers of light brown eggs of all the heavy breeds. A flock of Black Australorps with their glossy black plumage which has a greenish-purple sheen and their larger than average bright red combs make an unusually handsome sight. They are big birds, cockerels weighing 6 to 8 pounds at maturity and pullets 5 to 7. They have a pinkish white skin and plump bodies which dress out nicely once the birds have their final plumage. Pullets mature early and many will be in production between 5 and 6 months of age. They are quiet, gentle, and stand confinement well. Baby chicks are black with a good deal of white in the underparts and small white patches around the head and wings. We have handled this breed for years and think it is one of the best of the heavy breeds.
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SOLD OUT for 2018. Pearl White Leghorn
SOLD OUT for 2018. Want this breed in 2019?How many Pearl White Leghorn (BEST white egg layer)?
https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/pearl_white_leghorn.html Over 45 years of scientific breeding research have gone into the development of this layer through a blending of special strains of White Leghorns. These pullets weigh about 4 lbs. at maturity, start laying at 4 1/2 to 5 months, and will continue laying 10 to 12 weeks longer than most good layers. Livability and resistance to disease are very high, and the feed to egg conversion ratio is excellent, holding down the cost of egg production. When our local farmers ask us to recommend the pullet that will lay the most eggs of top grade and size, of uniform shape, good shell, and highest interior quality, and do it on the least feed and in smallest amount of space, we suggest the Pearl.
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SOLD OUT for 2018. Black Star
SOLD OUT for 2018. Want this breed in 2019?How many Black Star (TOP brown eggs)?
https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/black_star.html We have found the sex link brown egg layer that meets our strict specifications: the BLACK STAR. Black Star hens are wonderful layers of large brown eggs. Black Stars are easy to raise and have a good feed conversion ratio. At maturity, Black Stars weigh a little over 5 lbs. The females are black with gold hackle and breast feathers, and they are egg laying machines. The males are black with white barring. (They will not retain the same characteristics in future generations.) Put a few Black Stars on your order; we’re sure you’ll be pleased. Note: a "sex-link" chicken is one, which at the time of hatch, can be sexed by its color.
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SOLD OUT for 2018. Partridge Rock
SOLD OUT for 2018. Want this breed in 2019? How many Partridge Rock (brown eggs)?
https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/partridge_rocks.html This is one of the best varieties for the exhibitor as it is quite rare and makes an outstanding show bird. The highly colored male has black hackle and saddle feathers with an edging of rich brilliant red, a lustrous greenish black breast and body touched with reddish bay on the wings. The females are completely different with their brown plumage and distinct pencilings of black following the outline of each feather. These are fairly good sized birds though not quite as large as their cousins, the Barred and White Rocks. The yellow skin and plump body make a nice eating fowl, and the hens lay brown eggs. The baby chicks are a rich dark brown resembling the color of an expensive fur coat.
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