What is the difference between breeder and hatchery birds?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by cochin44, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. cochin44

    cochin44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2009
    St. Amant, LA
    I mean what are some traits that hatchery birds usually lack in?
  2. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2009
    Hatchery birds usually lack detailed feathering, proper coloration, and large size.
  3. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Crested breeds tend to lack bigger, more dominant crests than those of breeder's standards. But just what Master said. [​IMG]

    Also they may have problems with their feet, comb, wattles, etc...
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    And in certain breeds they are bred for egg or meat production rather than to match the standard for the breed.
  5. moduckman

    moduckman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2009
    Cairo, Missouri
    Hatcheries have dozens and dozens of breeds. They have a lot of people hatching birds for them. They buy cheap and sell to the public. They deal in thousands of chicks. Breeders, on the other hand have much fewer breeds, sometimes just one or two. They take more time to get the best breed characteristics they can. They also charge much more for this quality, so hatcheries are not always interested in them. I'm not dissing hatcheries. They have a distinct place in the poultry world, but they are not able to control the quality of the birds they receive.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by