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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.
As a reminder, to help ensure a safe arrival to you, the minimum number of chicks for each order prior to April 1st is 25.
On and after April 1st, the minimum number of chicks required is 15. You can mix and match any type of baby chick in your order to reach the applicable chick minimum order. If ordering any bantams, we require a minimum of 15 bantams per order.
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We ordered our first 20 chicks and received them within a few days. The chicks were lively and clean and are drinking and eating already. They were all living and peeping. They are a happy mix of baby chicks :)
I needed to replace a couple of my hens that I lost to predators. The quality of the breed is lacking locally, so I turned to MMH to restock my girls. They are healthy and should start laying in a couple of months. Which at that time, they will be introduced the NHR flock.
I love the New Hampshire Reds. They are the best chickens I've ever owned. Beautiful, friendly, great large brown egg layers, they can withstand freezing weather and still produce eggs. I have never had to use a heater in their coop in the winter. I love them.
I ordered my New Hampshire Reds about 8 months ago and I am very happy with this breed. They are very robust, good foragers, and very cold hardy.
I began getting eggs at six months and they are still laying even in our cold dark winter here in northern NY. I don't even use artificial lighting!
We ordered two dozen of the NH Red hens about two months ago. My parents first order chicks from Murray MM Hatchery about forty years ago. Now, in my late 40's, this is the fifth time I have ordered poultry as an adult. These are the healthiest, most vigorous, vibrant, chicks I have ever seen. They are beautiful and so active. I can't wait for those healthy brown eggs! Thank you so much.
In the spring of 2010 I ordered 22 New Hampshire Reds. They arived in great condition. Today I just finished a hatch of their chicks which I will be keeping a rooster from. I have 11 hens, 1 rooster, and out of 47 eggs only one was not fertile. These reds are out laying all my other breds hands down! Thank you McMurry for the awesome stock!
Jessie, central FL.
This is a great winter layer. I live in the Upper Pensinsula of Michigan with frequent below zero temperatures, but these girls continue to lay extra large eggs through the short days and cold nights.
We purchased a group of New Hampshire Reds and Rhode Island Reds in Jan 2010 and we LOVED them so much we purchased another group of New Hampshire Reds and Silver Laced Wyandottes this time around. I LOVE how full of life they are. The first batch will be going to the McLean Co fair in a couple week. And the Silver Laced Wyandottes we purchased this trip around are here for our daughter to have as her "pet" flock. We are SO pleased with all the chicks we've received from McMurrary and would recommend them and their chickens to anyone! Thank you again from all of us at Cherokee Flats in Farmer City IL!
The New Hampshire Red chickens are excellent layers, and the chicks were shipped to me healthy and in great condition. Thanks, Danny
In July of '09 I ordered two New Hampshire Reds in my order of 25 chicks, and they have proved to be vibrant, beautiful birds, not to mention they are the biggest and most confident of all the hens I ordered. Dakota and Rosie are a pleasure to be around, love to browse the yard and enjoy being out and about. We have eight layers and have been receiving 7 to 8 eggs daily, even in January! My family and I are very pleased with all our birds and I highly recommend New Hampshire Reds and Mcmurray Hatchery to anyone who wants vibrant and healthy chickens.
The New Hampshires I ordered are an excellent Bird. They are laying eggs like no other chicken I have ever had. If you want a good egg layer and a friendly people person chicken choose the New Hampshire. Thanks, Bob
The New Hampshires that I ordered are fantastic! They are the biggest birds in the coop and are laying like I can't believe. They showed great also. Thanks!