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Juvenile Waterfowl

Before ordering juvenile fowl, please check with the Regulatory Agency in your state that controls wildlife management. You may need a permit. Please refer to the description only regarding male, female or straight run.

Due to state regulations:

  • Mute Swans cannot be shipped to the states of California, Maryland, New York or Michigan.
  • We are no longer shipping any Juvenile Fowl to the state of Minnesota.

Juvenile birds are shipped Wednesdays, unless otherwise noted, via USPS Express Mail. We will call you when we are ready to ship your order. Juveniles will eat a poultry layer crumble or a gamebird crumble. They are given scratch during transit.

PINIONED BIRDS — The right side is pinioned. Feel the end of the wing where the bone would be and compare with the left. They are easily pinioned at hatching, otherwise it is a surgical procedure.

WING TRIMMING — Juveniles that are not pinioned can have a wing trimmed. The trimmed feathers will grow back, though, so it will need to be done approximately four times a year.

Birds that are not wing trimmed or pinioned will fly away, and most likely not return. Keep in mind these are wild birds and pinioning or trimming the wing are sure ways to keep them from flying away.



Juvenile Ducks

McMurray Hatchery Demoiselle Crane - Closeup Demoiselle Crane

The Demoiselle Crane are the smallest of the crane species. These birds have a loud trumpeting call, and like other cranes, they perform an elaborate dancing display during mating. 


McMurray Hatchery East African Crowned Crane East African Crowned Crane

The East African Crowned Crane (balearica regulorum) is easy recognized by its striking crown of bristle feathers on the top of its head. These unique and rare birds are known for their energetic mating dance and keen eye sight. They are one of the only types of cranes that have the ability to perch and roost in trees.


McMurray Hatchery Purple Swamphen Purple Swamphen

The Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) is a large, bulky and rare black and blue waterfowl with a bright red bill, and orange-red legs and feet. As the Swamphen walks, its tail flicks up and down, revealing a white undertail. The Purple Swamphen is found along the water's edge in reeds, swamps, clumps of rushes, or long unkempt grass. 


McMurray Hatchery Sacred Ibis Sacred Ibis

The Sacred Ibis is a large, quiet bird with long legs and a thin, downward curved bill. The Sacred Ibis is a mostly white with black on its head, neck, rear end, legs and feet. This is an ancient breed often found in in marshes, swamps, riverbanks, flooded farmlands and coastal lagoons. 


McMurray Hatchery Juvenile Swans Swans

Juvenile Swans from McMurray Hatchery are available as yearling or breeder male/female pairs. Breeds include Australian Black Swans and White Mute, Trumpeter and Whooper swans.