How do you know...

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chloemama, May 20, 2010.

  1. chloemama

    chloemama Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 18, 2010
    Northern Rhode Island
    How do you know if the chick you purchased if a full bread?

    I ordered from a hatchery. This is the first time I've had chickens so I know diddly-squat.

    This is what I orderd,


    From pictures I've seen I think my Dom is not up to par. Her colors seems washed out and not the crisp white/gray. She is only about 9 wks old do maybe this will change??

    Thank you
  2. TurkeyMountainChickens

    TurkeyMountainChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2009
    Central Virginia
    Well, that's the thing with hatchery birds. They are pure breed, not crosses - BUT - they don't breed to the standard. So the birds that you get from hatcheries are often not the same as birds you would get form a breeder. They may be better egg layers than breeder birds, though, and all chickens are just as fun!
  3. ChIck3n

    ChIck3n Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2010
    Texas A&M
    Well, they are full bread if you give them a loaf and they eat it all!

    But really, if it is a hatchery bird it will be the right breed, just not the best quality for show. Hatcheries breed to produce lots of chicks that lay well and are healthy. They don't really care about perfecting the chicken for show. If you want top quality showbirds you need to find a breeder and buy from them. They will have monitored and bred to make the best chicken they can. However, the birds will cost quite a bit more than hatchery birds as well. If you want to show a lot, go to a breeder. If you want fun backyard birds, and just occasionally take them to the county fair, hatchery birds will do fine.

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