Sunday, March 19, 2006

An Interesting Notice From Murray McMurray

Below is a letter we got yesterday from Murray McMurray Hatchery ( regarding the possibility of them not being able to ship day old chicks through the mail. It looks like they are trying to pre-empt with legislation the banning of shipping baby birds through the postal system.

Whether this proposed legislation is a good thing or not I don't know, I don't speak "legalese". Nevertheless there must be a significant threat to the ability for hatchery's to ship birds, for McMurray to issue this letter. Personally, we are working towards maintaining our own breeder birds but, until then we still appreciate the having the ability to be able to purchase day old chicks from various breeders from around the country.

"We Need Your Help, The ability to ship poultry to you is being threatened by unwarranted accusations from animal rights groups AND the inability of the Post Office and their aircarriers to deliver our products in a timely and efficient manner.

On the Bird Shippers of America website
( ) is a summary of the legislation Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced in the U.S. Senate on Friday, March 10th. The three points Senator Grassley makes, as well as information regarding avian influenza (Bird Flu), are extremely important to the continued success of shipping live poultry through the U.S. Postal System.

We need your help, and the help of your friends, to make this proposal - law. For your convenience we have set up a webpage on the Bird Shippers of America website
( where you can print acustom letter to be Mailed or Faxed to each of your Senators.If you feel strongly about your right to receive birds through themail, or your business or hobby would endure severe hardships ifyou could not receive birds, please take the time to submit your letter.

All of us in the bird shipping business greatly appreciate your help inthis most important issue.

Thank you.Murray McMurray,
ChairmanBird Shippers of America

Chicken Feed Up Date
It's confirmed that our chickens are not eating the barley that is in the whole grain mix. They eat everything but the barley. There is uneaten barley all over the place now. Next time we order grain I'll try having it rolled with the oats and corn and see if that makes a difference.


Blogger Herrick Kimball said...


I'll have to go back and revisit the posts about feed rations. Is there soybean in your mix now?

I was listening to your Plain Talk interview today and am enjoying it.

3:49 PM  
Blogger RL said...

Hey Herrick,
No, there isn't any soybean in it. We are using a two part system. The other mix that doesn't use barley calls for soybean but, we are using fish meal for protein instead.

The chickens go nuts for that one in particular. We mix water with it since it is very fine. Makes a great mash.

So far we are pleased with this feed. Laying is up and over all health seems good. I would go as far as to say the birds even look better than ever. We have a few older hens that seem to have a renewed pep.

The next best thing will be when we start growing some of these grains our selves.

I'm thinking of planting some mangel beets this year also. Mangel beets are an old time alternative to grain, I've heard.

We grew some a couple years ago and the livestock seemed to like them. From what I've learned in the past, mangel beets should be chopped up for some animals. Our chickens liked them best chopped up. The challenge will be to figure out how to store and process large amounts at a time.


9:33 PM  
Blogger Walter Jeffries said...

As a McMurry customer I got this letter too. I've helped before when they've made their pleas. This time I sent them a letter suggesting they need to get off the fence regarding the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) if they want us to help with the bird shipping issue. I'm tired of them being non-committal. NAIS is going to hurt us all. We need to stop this sort of nonsense, both the bird shipping restrictions and NAIS. They need to help.

12:53 PM  
Blogger RL said...

I had looked to see if the McMurray link had any info on NAIS and didn't find any. I was a little surprised. I thought maybe since they were taking an active approach to this particular issue they might be on top of the NAIS nightmare. NAIS news was surprisingly absent.

I know very little about Murray McMurray Hatchery. Perhaps they are under the “big Ag” influence.


6:35 PM  

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