The Right Chickens for You

In this episode of Mother Earth News and Friends podcasts: Tom Watkins from Murray McMurray Hatchery talks about determining how many chickens you should buy to fit your needs, and how to select the right birds from the many different breeds available.

Guest: Tom Watkins


Tom Watkins is the President and co-owner of Murray McMurray Hatchery in Webster City, Iowa. Tom and his father-in-law and hatchery co-owner, Bud Wood, are building on the company’s 104 year-old legacy of hatching the highest quality baby poultry in the U.S. Tom manages day-to-day operations of the hatchery which offers more than 120 varieties of chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, and many other types of poultry and fowl. Tom, his wife Ashley, and their four children have a one-acre homestead in central Iowa where they have raised and kept their own flocks of chickens, ducks and turkeys.

Additional Resources:

The Right Chickens for You is a podcast drawn from the audio of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS online Fair course “Poultry 101’, sponsored by Nutrena and Murry McMurry Hatchery. To sign up to view the full video series, go to: Poultry 101 Course.

For reward points that you can earn from Nutrena animal feed, go to: Nutrena Paid Perks.

Thanks to Murray McMurray Hatchery and Tom Watkins for sharing information with us about choosing the right breeds for you.  Check out the hatchery website for chicks, waterfowl, turkeys, gamebirds and more…

Our Podcast Team:

Podcast Editor: Carla Tilghman
Podcast Editorial Team:
Carla Tilghman and Jessica Mitchell
Special thanks to Josh Wilder, Andrew Perkins, Ben Burghart and the Online Fair team.

Check out the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Bookstore for more resources that may interest you.

To see more podcasts, visit our Mother Earth News and Friends page.

Check out the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR page for an opportunity to see our podcast guest live.

The Mother Earth News Urban Homesteading Podcast is a production of Ogden Publications


Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 64% Off the Cover Price

50 Years of Money-Saving Tips!

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS for 50 years and counting, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.

Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
International Subscribers - Click Here
Canadian subscriptions: 1 year (includes postage & GST).

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter flipboard

Free Product Information Classifieds Newsletters