Originally Posted by Tim63
That is just a ridiculous, anecdotal, statement. Maybe in your personal, limited experience....under whatever conditions you provide for your birds(and whatever line you were working with,"hatchery"). There are folks who will read your statement and take it as gospel. It is just 100% factually untrue. Forgive my candor....I just had to blow the whistle and throw the penalty flag on that one. Alan Feaghly was mentioned as a quality breeder. He is. There are others as well....Robert Anderson, John Neff, Dianna Delaney. I am sure I have forgotten some? That is all. I will return to my lurking now.
Just to tag onto Tim's response.
I remember reading something years ago that was directed toward breeds of dogs, specifically the differences between the varieties of retrievers. It said something to the effect that when using blanket statements regarding any breed, it is wise to remember that there can often be just as wide a variance between members of the same breed, depending on their breeding. He was talking about personality traits such as being hard headed/trainability, willingness to work in rough cover, or conditions, reaction to strangers, and so forth. He went on to give examples of hard charging goldens that were tougher than some chessie's he had trained. Lab's, or goldens that he was more worried about being a biter than the famously suspicious of strangers chessie. I think the idea can be applied to varieties of chickens as well in many cases.
I try not to make blanket statements, or speak in absolutes. If you stay at this long enough you just might witness something you had previously thought impossible