I've heard that if you get breeds that naturally have the brooding instinct like Silkies and Orpingtons from hatcheries then the brooding instinct is pretty much bred out of them. But if you get the same types of breeds from private breeders then they still have the brooding instinct. All of my Orpington hens came from private breeders and 2 don't brood at all but all of my Silkies do and 2 of the hens, that I bought as adults, came from a hatchery. I know it also depends on the individual bird. I was just wondering if this was common knowledge or....? I usually don't buy chicks from feed stores or hatcheries if I can help it. I get them from breeders but I just got 6 laced Wyandotte chicks from Wilco and I've read and heard that this breed is a good brooding breed and I'm wondering if them being from a hatchery is going to change that? I can always incubate eggs. I just usually prefer the hen to do it herself if she's willing. What kind of experience does everyone else have with hatchery chicks vs. home raised farm chicks? Thanks!