First off, to give you some background (and I'll leave the politics out of the discussion), this country barely functions sometimes. I recently bought an incubator with a 640 chicken egg capacity with the intention of producing my own broiler chicks. My logic is that as business becomes more and more difficult to complete, as I believe it will, at least I'll have the means to produce my own chicks for personal use and for resale via my feedstore. I'm currently buying broiler chicks from a supplier about 45 minutes drive away. Everyone else in the area also buys from that area though many folks here do not have transportation and must pay a roundtrip fare to get their birds. And the supplier's supplier is unpredictable. Actually, all the suppliers seem to be unpredictable. For instance, I put a deposit on the birds in December of last year with the promise they'd arrive in early January. I didn't get the call to pick them up until the 1st of February! There are constant production problems it seems and the devaluation of the local currency is also causing problems because so much of what's consumed here is imported. Today I learn that the eggs that are incubated here to produce the broiler chicks are imported from either Brazil or Colombia, which, of course, further complicates matters. Now, there are commercial chicken producers in the area who raise 100,000 birds or more at a time, so I know there are a lot of fertile broiler eggs entering the country. The trick is to find someone who will sell me the few that I need on a recurring basis and also someone I can trust to not pass off substandard eggs. I own my own cattle and free-range hog ranch here and have the means to build the facilities to house a few thousand adult broiler chickens if I so desire. Would it be worth if for me to try to arrive at a point where I can produce my own supply of fertile broiler eggs.....say 500 - 600 per week? And I ask that not from the financial point of view (I can sell the chicks, of that I'm confident) I'm asking from the standpoint of being able to produce a quality product? Since I had this idea in mind from the beginning of my chicken days here, I've done some research via the net. What concerns me is if I can arrive at the optimum genetic mix to produce fast-growing broiler chicks AND maintain that proper genetic mix. Anyone here ever produce their own broiler chicks from their own adult birds?