Which generation--if you mean F1/F2, I'm not quite sure! Are the hatchery chicks considered F1 since they are hybrids? Then we are getting ready for F3.
Here's the scoop...
In 2010 we bought chicks from the Freedom Ranger Hatchery. At processing time we saved several to try breeding.
In 2011 we hatched offspring from those birds. We saved a cockerel and two pullets for breeding in 2012. We did not keep their parents (winter space limitation).
Now in 2012 we have just started collecting eggs for a hatch from the 2011 chicks as parents.
The 2011 chicks were like the 2010 chicks in activity, growth, foraging, good carcass weights. The big difference was that there were many more color combinations from cream to brown/gray and lots of barring (father was barred). There were a few pairs that looked alike.
For new breeders we kept a red cockerel and two tan pullets. We didn't put any scientific thought into the selection; they were just favorites of our grandkids. But they look very similar to the hatchery chicks.We also kept a FR x RIR pullet that is colored more like a RIR but has the stocky legs and broad chest of the FR. But we won't be hatching her eggs.
Here are some photos of some 2011 chicks we hatched from the 2010 parents (is this confusing or what???) They seem to be built like the hatchery chicks, but as you can see the coloring is all over the place.
There's only the one with that coloring, the rest are red and yellow. One or two of them *might* have some speckles, but nobody else has that much barring.
Sounds like you kept some to breed? What generation are you on, and are you getting good quality in the offspring?