I think as soon as a breeder begins the sale of birds raised / incubated they are a hatchery, especially if operated at / or with intent of a profit.
I completely and respectfully disagree. I am not a hatchery! But I have hatched and shipped almost 500 chicks this year. But that doesn't make me a hatchery, far from it!
Breeders work to breed to the Standard, cull heavily those birds that do not match the Standard, and often, (but not always) show their birds.
Hatcheries do not generally go out of their way to breed to the Standard, do not make a dedicated attempt to cull birds that do not match the Standard, and generally do not show their own birds.
Just because someone is a very capable breeder with a strong reputation for quality does not make them immmune to scrutiny. If product can not be scrutenized, then the reputation will over time be nothing more than a reputation ulitmately with little or no basis in fact.
No one is saying a given breeder should be immune from scrutiny. But the rules of this forum preclude mentioning business disputes with others using their name. And to do so in such a public forum is, in my opinion, very bad form (aside from being against forum rules.)
My position on this follows same logic intended to protect consumers from tainted foods / drugs or automobile breaking systems that tend to fail. If consumer can not report, especially if producer not willing to recall or replace, then public / other consumers need to get into loop.
Your logic is fallacious. Not the same at all, apples and oranges. A private person is not a corporation, nor are chickens something that can be compared to tainted food.
My main point here is, a person's reputation is something that they can take years to build. And with the advent of Internet forums such as this, a sterling reputation can be badly sullied in the space of one irritable post. Once that has happened, there's no going back.
So I will ask again, before any of you consider posting unhappy messages about business done with someone, please contact the breeder in question and try to work it out. And even if you cannot do so, posting specifics here is in violation of forum rules, and should not be done.
Why don't we leave it at that. I would hate, hate to see this thread get locked. It is one of the most educational threads on this site.