I think also that there is something genetic going on with the seramas. I had 5 birds from eggs in the mail, so this is very small numbers to draw conclusions from. There were three hens, and the hatch rate from their eggs was a little over 50 percent, most dead just before hatch. I did try to get eggs in the mail for several years for an outcross, but when this didn't happen, I bred a hen to a rapa nuis and another to a quetro. These were the smallest large fowls I had. The interesting thing was that the hatch rate went up to 90 percent or so, from the same hens. I spent several years mating sons to mothers or aunts and daughters to fathers or uncles, and am now at the 15/16th stage or BC3. The hatch rate is still good, but occassionally I get a bird whose eggs hatch poorly. Most individuals still have the 90 percent or so hatch rate. To me, this says something genetic held down the hatch rate in the original stocks. I got eggs in the mail this spring, so it will be interesting the see what the hatch rate is when I go to use that chick.(there is only 1). The original hens are from 2005, so showing their age some, but still healthy and strong. It would be nice if the chick I got from the mailed eggs is male, as I would love to try a male with these hens and see what he carries. Since he's 6 days old, it's a day dream right now, grin.