What does "hatchery quality" mean? Is that good or bad? He's gonna get culled soon anyway if we are certain it's a cockerel. I might consider giving him away first instead because there's not much meat there and I'd rather he became a pet. He is feisty and pecks more than any of the other birds though.
Hatchery quality means not bred to standard. There is basically no difference between hatchery Rhode Island Reds, and other hatchery 'red' birds besides the shade of red. The dark ones get labeled Rhode Island Red. The mid-tone birds get labeled Production Red. And the lightest ones get labeled New Hampshire.