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Chicken Coop Chatter Guest Series

The Murray McMurray Hatchery Chicken Coop Chatter Series gathers information, expertise, opinions, and more from notable personnel within and around the chicken, farming and other industries. Our goal is to offer opinions and information that will challenge, enrich, educate and motivate the audience. While we may or may not completely agree with all information and opinions, as well as our guests may not necessarily solely endorse us as a hatchery of choice, we hope the dialogue and information fosters a community of respectful discussion. You can respond to any of the content delivered by our respective guests at each of the respective links to the delivered content.  (If the content is in our blog, you can respond to the blog.  If it is a video, you can reply via our Youtube page, etc.)

Chicken Coop Chatter with Dr. Darrell Trampel
Blog Entries:
Dr. Darrell Trampel is the Iowa State University poultry extension veterinarian serving the nation's largest egg industry in addition to the turkey, broiler, and game bird industries. He responds to poultry health questions raised by producers and veterinarians, serves as a liaison between the College of Veterinary Medicine and Iowa poultry organizations (Iowa Poultry Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and National Poultry Improvement Plan) and conducts educational programs for poultry producers and members of allied industries. Constituents range from small backyard hobby flock owners to multinational corporations.

Dr. Trampel concurrently serves as the poultry diagnostician in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, conducts applied research on problems of interest to the poultry industry, and serves as a consultant to the State Veterinarian in establishing rules and regulations governing the control and eradication of poultry diseases in Iowa. Professional practice activities include serving as a pathologist for 250-300 poultry diagnostic cases each year that require necropsy and/or microscopic examination of tissues.

More information about Dr. Trampel can be found at the following link:




Chicken Coop Chatter with Joel Salatin
Blog Entries
About Joel Salatin: 
Joel Salatin, 56, is a full-time farmer in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. A third generation alternative farmer, he returned to the farm full-time in 1982 and continued refining and adding to his parents' ideas.

The farm services more than 5,000 families, 10 retail outlets, and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits, pastured turkey and forestry products using relationship marketing.

A sought-after conference speaker, he addresses a wide range of issues, from creating the farm your children will want, to making a white collar salary from a pleasant life in the country. A wordsmith, he describes his occupation as mob-stocking hervbivorous solar conversion lignified carbon sequestration fertilization. His humorous and conviction-based speeches are akin to theatrical performances, often receiving standing ovations.  (Read more here)