There you go Eggsy...using those big words on me! Hatchery stock seemed to me to be a common denominator among some of the posts I read (and definitely my own). Something Speckledhen mentioned that made sense was to the effect that hatchery stock is bred for egg production and not for longevity. Which brings me to another question...how do you know if you're dealing with a "hatchery" vs. a "breeder"? Are there industry standards or regulations required to be classified as one or the other? Can anyone call themselves a breeder? If regulations aren't in place, how would someone know (at least someone like me) they weren't getting hatchery stock from someone that calls themselves a breeder?