Originally Posted by chickenmomma16
Mine all came from Privett... I wanted a BO in my flock because I wanted a big reliable broody hen. If I ever get the itch to try again with BOs I will probably look for a private breeder. I don't mind hatcheries for layers only. If I wan to USE my chickens I think I will stick with private breeders from now on.
I've had the better luck with private stock. I agree, hatcheries are great for egg laying machines...not so much so for temperament or SOP and definitely not for broodiness...that is selected out of them as that is not a productive layer. Of my 8 BO's, I kept 5, none of which were particularly broody...one went broody but did not stay the course...and all, as said, were snotty and poor layers but good feed guzzlers. I happily sold them off and waved as their tails left.
If I try BO's again, I will go private breeder as well.
Edited by Lady of McCamley - 1/17/16 at 11:33pm