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Are the birds you get from hatcheries "pure breeds"?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by redhen, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    i was just wondering..say if i order some Marans from privett,...are they true/pure Marans?, thanks for any help, Wendy
     
  2. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
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    In technical terms...yes.

    But, remember, hatcheries are selecting birds for production. They will select birds that resemble the Standard, but their main focus is for birds that produce alot of eggs, so they can hatch alot of chicks...to send to alot of customers.

    The "strain" is pure, however, Barred Rocks could have been used in the line WAY down the road.

    True Marans, that are quality, are hard to come by and are expensive. Hatchery birds resemble these, but can have all sorts of different characteristics that are not desirable when showing or breeding for the Standard of Perfection.

    Hatchery birds may or may not have the desired egg color.
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Thanks Mika!..i've been wondering this for awhile now..lol...thanks again!, Wendy
     
  4. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with mikarod. they may be the same "breed", there just not very good quality.
     

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