Originally Posted by Alex1010
I've never raised hatchery birds, most of them aren't no where near the SOP for the breed
Usually they're way too big, but I have raised some pretty pullets. The hatchery's goal is to produce huge numbers of chicks. They have no idea which bird is mated to another. Very difficult to produce quality that way.
I started out raising a few hatchery OEGB, but I don't have any of that blood left in my pens. Unless you just want a few for the yard, you're better off buying good blood to start with.