" if more breeders bred this way the breed would have much better vigor".
Hmmm. Ya know, i own probably the most closed flock breeding wise in the entire country. Consequently yes, my bloodlines are tight but I don't get where some of you are coming from with this "lack of vigor". I have no problems with weak chicks or birds and never have. I think the message here is as follows. Chickens are like any thing else. You get what you pay for. Buy cheap chicks from hatchery junk? You get the fact that hatcheries don't pay any attention to how they breed their off color, bad toed, bad typed, miserable combed DQable junk! What else comes from unmanaged breeding with no concern except how much $$$$$ they can make off of their cheap eggs and chicks. Simply put
My Pet Chicken is so stupid they list Mahogony as being an accepted variety in the APA Standard. NOT!
Some of you just haven't been doing this long enough to make some of the claims about the breed that you do. Get a whole bunch of time in then make qualified statements.....