Okay let me preface by saying that my chickens are nowhere near ready to give me eggs let alone fertile eggs. However, I do plan on hatching some of my own chicks and my stock is hatchery quality: I was wondering if it is worth it to try to breed my hatchery stock to SOP in order to attempt to strengthen my flock. It isn't that I intend to show my chickens but I would like to strengthen their genetics and get them looking as close to correct if at all possible. Is this something that is worthwhile or an exercise in futility? Or even something that maybe I shouldn't even be worried about? I ask because I intend to raise dual-purpose birds for their intended purpose, meat and eggs as well as eye candy but I have been reading a lot on here that often times hatchery birds are bred solely for egg production and often times lose some of their meat value. I decided to go with hatchery birds for a few reasons, the main reason being that when you find a breeder even in a long list that sells what you want, they simply do not have any or they do not ship and are far away or even that they only sell eggs which seems like quite the gamble to me. Another issue is investment, you are often times looking at a minimum of 3x the investment with upwards of 10x the investment IF you find someone that stocks what you want. So basically my idea was to take what I get, choose the best birds, breed them, hatch new ones and keep the best out of the new birds as well and continue. Now, this may be the long way around but it sure sounds intriguing and fun to me, a project if you will. Any insight would be much appreciated.