I personally hate autos always have always will. To me there a waste of time and efforts.There is really no reason whatsoever that fem seed would/should produce less than reg seeds. I would say that you might have gotten a bad batch of seeds. Autos, however, will virtually always produce less and be less potent than fem or reg seeds that are not autos.
Yes I personally totally agree with you on that because those modded up plant seeds are flip floppy in my opinion and experience. However, real old traditional reg seeds to me are way far superior in my opinion especially since I have seeds that are in my freezer and I have had them since the 1960's and 1970's from my dad when he want to nam war and left them to me to have. You could say that they are family heirloom marijuana seeds passed down to me and I personally find them to be by far the most superior seeds by far and are all 100% pure strains with no b.s. fem or auto crap and cut up with crazy chemicals. I mean don't get me wrong I do have my very own personal testing strains that I "F" with but will never smoke any of them because of crazy hormones and chemicals in the seeds DNA that can cause cancers further down the road from now.Whatever. Ive been growing since 1972. Ive grown seeds from plants Ive had that slightly pollenated themselves, that were good plants, but would neither breed them, nor rely on them. I prefer my mother plants ect to bef from seeds, or from a mother plant grown from seed. Also IMHO they a lot more likely to hermi from stress vs a regular plant from seed.
I totally agree with you on that THGAll living things have recessive genes--that doesn't mean that yield is going to adversely affected. I can assure you that a good grower could grow a non-femmed seed and a femmed seed of the same strain side by side and that you would not be able to tell the difference either in the growth or the quality of the bud.