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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Smithyard Farm, Oct 28, 2012.
I have seen this on several posts for people selling eggs or chicks... what does it mean exactly??
I believe it means that their birds do not contain hatchery stock blood.
sorry.. and what is hatchery stock?
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.
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.