I agree D&B hens and that's another thread so I won't get into it as much as I'd love to.
Ninety nine percent of my birds come from private breeders but with the Exchequer, I was going to order from Ideal Poultry, mainly because at this point I'm not interested in breeding them (I have breeding roosters from other breeds that I'm focusing on right now) so I'm not interested in a 'pair' as just want them for laying right now. That could change in the future. Do you think I'm wasting my time getting them from a hatchery even in that case, as far as them being very good layers?
The other issue is that I live in British Columbia, Canada and would have to find a reputable breeder in the States who's willing to do health papers (most aren't), shipping, etc. So if I get 'into' the Exchequer as a breed at some point, I'm willing to go to great lengths but just for laying, I had Ideal in mind. Should I not bother even then going the hatchery route?
Wasting your time buying from a hatchery? I've never bought Exchequer leghorns from a hatchery, but hatcheries know that when people hear Leghorn, they want a laying bird. Unfortunately, that's, like I said, usually with whites. I do suggest if you get Exchequers, that you get them from Performance Poultry, here in Ontario. Mainly, you'd not have to go through the trouble of importing anything from the states.
If you ever decide to breed exchequers, you can start with the worst stock, and if you do everything right as you breed them, you will eventually have good Leghorns. If you can find a reputable breeder that already has improved stock, that would save you years of breeding.
And, realistically, how far will you go to get them, just to be layers, when there are probably other laying breeds easily available?