• January is Soup Month: Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Since January is National Soup month, we asked the Meyer Hatchery staff to share a tried and true chicken or egg soup recipe for you. This Chicken Tortilla soup recipe is shared by Cheryl, our store manager.

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  • Breed Spotlight: The Rhode Island Red

    The Rhode Island Red originated in Little Compton, Rhode Island in the mid 1800’s, making it one of the oldest American-bred chicken breeds. It began in farmers’ homestead flocks, where a highly productive egg layer was needed, but whose excess roosters could still dress out as decent table birds.

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  • Coccidia Prevention: Vaccine Versus Medicated Feed

    Coccida thrive in humid and warm locations, so the first line of defense is to keep that brooder litter clean and dry! Spilled waterers and a build up of chick manure will very quickly allow the coccidia in the environment to gain a foothold and explode, allowing your chicks to become heavily infected very quickly.

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  • Cleaning and Storing Your Chickens’ Freshly Laid Eggs

    Cleaning is not always necessary, as freshly laid eggs have a protective layer called the “bloom”, that seals out bacteria and allows the eggs to last longer outside of the refrigerator. Consider this when deciding where you’ll be storing them.
    Always try to provide fresh bedding for your hens to help keep eggs cleaner (and keep your girls happier also!)  Fresh bedding will not always guarantee cleanliness, but will give you a better probability.

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  • Chicken Breeds That Handle Winter Well

    It’s winter and the new Meyer Hatchery catalog has just arrived. You’re dreaming of your ideal flock and making a list, but how do you know if the breeds you want

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