I was at the 4-H fair today and asked a guy where he got his Bourbon Reds. I told him that I got mine from Welp Hatchery, and he told me that they really came from Ideal, and that "all" the hatcheries get their heritage turkeys drop shipped from Ideal. I don't really care where they actually came from as long as they are healthy--and these are--but I wonder about genetic diversity if they are all coming from the same place. I suspect "all" is a bit of an exaggeration--this guy seemed like a bit of a blowhard--but it made me wonder. I chose Welp mostly because they still had poults late in the spring when I finally got ready for them. I remember that McMurray (which is where I get my ducks) was sold out for the season, and so were a couple of other places--seemingly this contradicts the notion that they all come from the same place. I'm interested in hearing from others about their experiences with hatcheries. I just started reading this forum a few weeks ago, and just joined today, and already I'm thinking about getting "better" stock next year--but I'm not really sure what that means. Are hatchery turkeys all mediocre? I want to raise healthy pastured birds for eating, not for showing. And ideally I'd like to start breeding my own someday, rather than buying new poults each year. Sorry for the length of this post! I'm kind of long-winded for a newbie.