What does "No Hatchery" mean?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Smithyard Farm, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. Smithyard Farm

    Smithyard Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen this on several posts for people selling eggs or chicks... what does it mean exactly??
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I believe it means that their birds do not contain hatchery stock blood.
     
  3. Smithyard Farm

    Smithyard Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry.. and what is hatchery stock?
     
  4. CGinJCMO

    CGinJCMO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hatchery stock comes from a hatchery (MurraryMcmurrary, Cackle, etc)

    Non-hatchery stock comes from a breeder usually using heritage. I assume there comes a time when the stock can be called non-hatchery but I do not know how many years that takes.
     
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    The trouble is precisely that. Second or third generation away from a hatchery doesn't exactly mean heirloom, heritage stock. It is confusing, a bit. I'd want a little more information from the seller.
     

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