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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by joyous, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. joyous

    joyous Songster

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    What to people mean when they say this in describing a chicken? Does it mean that it is not show quality?
     

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    That usually means, "Pet Quality"... not Show Quality.
     
  3. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Yes, "pet-quality" or production or hatchery. Means that the bird is not bred towards the standard for the breed. It has been bred in order to lay eggs and be able to reproduce rapidly in order to increase offspring production (which is what the hatcheries are after).
     
  4. ChickenWisperer

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    I agree with the other posters.

    Sometimes, hatchery birds dont even really look like the 'breed' they are supposed to be. They are not show quality or breeder quality - but are "pet quality".
     
  5. Hatchery quality chickens don't have the perfect body shape and colors of the show quality chickens.

    Hatchery quality Dutch bantam:
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    Show quality Dutch bantam:
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  6. joyous

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    Thanks! Kind of like buying a puppy from a puppy mill! I am not interested in breeding at this time, but I guess I will have to find some reputable breeders in Iowa before I even consider it! I used to breed West Highland White terriers for show, so I understand the complicated study of genetics, health history and trying to breed to standard, I just never connected it to chickens! Boy do I have a lot to learn!
     
  7. newchickmom09

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    Quote:After I bought my chickens and got on BYC I realized that too. Basically it is just like buying a pup from a puppy mill or a pet store! I never new there were breeders for chickens. [​IMG] I just figured that they all came from hatcheries. [​IMG]
     

  8. algopurple

    algopurple Songster

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    Quote:The difference is unreal! I would have thought they were 2 complete different breeds!
     
  9. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    The two birds in the photos are two different breeds.

    The top appears to be an OEGB or a Nankin. The bottom is a Dutch.

    Black Langshan (hatchery):
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    Black Langshan (exhibition):
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    To me, there's no debate as to which one conforms to the standard.
     
  10. Quote:I ordered the top one from Ideal as Black tail buff Dutch bantam. He doesn't look like a Dutch at all, and whenever people ask me what breed his, I always hesitate to answer. I used this rooster to illustrate the difference between SQ and HQ because he looks nothing like a Dutch!
     

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