That's what one of the guys who approached me at that show asked me, "Whose lines are they out of?". I said, "They are my line, the Fox Run line". He repeated, "But...whose lines are they OUT of???", as if I were hard of hearing. I said again, "These are my line." And he looked frustrated and asked, "But where did you get YOUR line?" and I said, "Well....two breedings back I bred a bird I was given from Ken Weaver, out of a line he had been breeding on for awhile that he had gotten from Blosl, and now this is my line out of that background." Then he said, "But whose line is the female out of?" By then I was so done with this guy....I told him the female was out of hatchery stock line that I had had for several years and now all the birds were my line. He just looked rather puzzled by that statement. It's as true a statement I could make about those birds, but there seemed to be a disconnect.
I want to give credit where credit is due for fine birds but I also don't want to credit any past breeders with any mistakes in the birds I now possess, so it's a difficult thing to convey to someone who is insisting on knowing the lineage of the birds. One doesn't know quite what to say at that point.
LOL - I can just see you telling the guy your bird was hatchery stock.
It gets confusing when people don't always realize that there may be more than one interpretation of the same term.
The names of bloodlines and the terms *heritage* and *show quality* are all terminology that is dependent on what meaning, significance, and use, that each person places on them. You have to decide what those mean to you and how you use them, then ask questions of the people you're talking to. That way you can know how to discuss things so that everyone understands, even if they use the term in a different way that you do.