What is the problem??

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Ruth Ann, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. Ruth Ann

    Ruth Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2010
    South Carolina
    I see people often comment unhappily about hatchery chickens.
    I am new to chickens...so I am pretty clueless to the problems.
    I got my chickens this spring from TSC.
    Have had no troubles.
    One died, but can't say why, it was only a week or two old.
    Since I just kind jumped in blind to chickens I would hardly say it was their
    fault.it could be something I did or didn't do.

    Anyway...whatis wrong with hatchery peeps?
    Do they not come true to breed..
    and what does that matter if all you want is eatible eggs.

    Just asking...
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2010
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It depends on your purpose for having them, really. Many of my hatchery girls have died from internal laying/reproductive malfunctions. They were not show-worthy, didn't really meet the standard, but they were all sweet girls. If you see a hatchery silver Laced Wyandotte, then you see a really good breeder quality Wyandotte, you'll understand what I'm saying about not meeting the standard. If you just want pets and eggs, nothing wrong with hatchery stock, but they are not bred with longevity in mind.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    44,000 posts.
  4. Ruth Ann

    Ruth Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2010
    South Carolina
    OK...thanks [​IMG]
  5. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    I think it's been stated well earlier, but in general you will find better quality and healthier birds and more care given both the flocks and the babies/hatching eggs to the small breeder - not large hatchery. Some large hatcheries also outsource and basically go around and collect the eggs and hatch in mega incubators. It's just an entirely different focus.. We hatch our own eggs now....We're small breeders, a much different focus.

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