Hatchery quality birds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by stephanie1992, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    i see alot of people writting its hatchery quality. is that not good? or whats it mean?
  2. KrisH

    KrisH Chillin' With My Peeps

    I believe it means "pet quality" as opposed to SQ = Show quality. Hatcheries produce Mass quantities of specific breed, without being extremely concerned about breed standards and trying to improve upon standards with each generation produced. ie body type, feathering, color, head shape, leg color, etc.
  3. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    Hatcheries breed for economical traits, such as hardiness and high egg production. They do not strive for the APA SOP (American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection). Most private breeders do. So Hatchery birds commonly have faults in their appearance, such as imperfect color and markings, slender body type (for dual purpose breeds), comb with too many or too few points, wrong leg color for the breed, etc.

    Basically, a bird that is "hatchery quality" would not do well at a show.
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Ditto to above. (except the hardiness part)

    Hatcheries breed for quantity and profit, thus, as long as a blurry general image of the breed and/or color is there, that's what counts. The only things really taken for consideration besides production is broodiness. It's something quite heavily bred out.
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2011
  5. minister man

    minister man Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2010
    New Brunswick
    Hatchery quality birds are good, if thier job is eggs, and looking pretty, though. Right?
  6. Redcatcher

    Redcatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2010
    At My Desk!
    Agreed. You CAN get a top notch show bird from a hatchery but the odds of it would be like winning the lottery. Most freshen their breeding stock with some really good birds every few years. Many years ago I got a Buttercup pullet from McMurray's that was undefeated at large poultry shows. She had the nicest crown centered right in the middle of her head. The judges raved but she had to beat the Leghorns and Andalusians for a championship and it just never happened. You wouldn't find a better Buttercup though.
  7. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    i got hatchery birds many times and i show them. ive gotten first on many of them. so i guess it just depends on the birds u get

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