I am not sure if this is the right section for this or not. Many people who are on this board are very biased against hatcheries. From what I have seen, for the most part, is that hatcheries provide good chickens that will lay more eggs than chickens from breeders, on average. Most people do not want to show their chickens or care if their chickens can compete in a show. And the APA does not consider the egg-laying abilities of chickens. In other words, those breeding for shows ignore one of the most important reasons people have chickens -- for the eggs. As an example, a Barred Plymouth Rock hen that can't lay an egg could be declared the champion Barred Plymouth Rock. That is ridiculous when Barred Rocks are known for being one of the best dual-purpose (eggs and meat) breeds. I got into a discussion in another thread about the Rhode Island Red. The original Rhode Island Red was red, like you get from many hatcheries. (see below) What is being called a "heritage" Rhode Island Red is a reddish brown that has barely any red in the feathers. I was told this is the case because the red Rhode Island Red will not have as even color after the first molt. Breeders have focused on color and have, in many cases, ignored the ability of the hens to lay eggs. So now a brown Rhode Island Red is considered "heritage" when it has little to do with how they appeared when accepted into the APA in 1904. I will take a good Rhode Island Red from a good hatchery any day over one of those brown Rhode Island Reds. These are Rhode Island Reds from Cackle Hatchery. I use this hatchery as an example because they have pictures of actual chickens on their website. This is what breeders think is a Rhode Island Red or a "heritage" Rhode Island Red. It is brown with a little red color in the feathers. Those breeding for show do not care if a chicken can lay an egg and they may change the appearance of a breed to something they think is more attractive. Well, I like my Rhode Island Reds to be red. As I mentioned, many on this board are biased against hatcheries. But the average person is probably better off buying chickens from hatcheries. Just like with dog showing, some breeds, such as the Irish Setter, have been ruined for its intended purpose because breeders have paid attention to appearance while ignoring the utility of the breed. Just so you know.