We got the birds from JM Hatchery. I'm comparing/contrasting the birds from last year with the birds we got this year. This year: The birds are not all close to the same size. Not a consistent size. There was little difference in size last year, except male vs. female. This year: Coloring off. Tri-colors that have some barring genetics are very yellow. A few yellow birds are spotted with what appears to be barring genetics. The Columbian genetic ring of black-tipped feathers around the neck was present in red, light red, and yellow birds last year, but this year the Columbian genetic ring around neck/shoulder area of black tipped feathers is inconsistent and is sometimes just a spot of feathers on the middle of the back of the neck. Why is this? Anyone know how often JM Hatchery gets new breeders from France? Have they gotten any lately or is this year's batch of birds evidence that they're using second generation breeders for their birds these days. That, I think, would account for the inconsistency in the sizes and new feathering that was not present last year. Anyway, just thinking about next year and what we'll be doing and curious if it's just us who noticed a difference in the JM Hatchery birds this year. I love the flavor of the JM Hatchery birds. I really have no complaints. I don't feel ripped off or anything. Just curious. Wondering if my broodies could hatch enough meat birds (dual purpose NHR x Dark Cornish) at the right time so that I could raise them all together at the same time.