White mountain, I enjoyed reading your post but I was wondering how your findings were influenced by a small population sampling. There would be other factors to consider like time of year, etc.
I'd love to hear more from people who raised both the Freedom Rangers and Red Broilers to see if they had similar results. I'm raising the Red Broilers now (13 birds) and plan on going with a different type come late summer/fall to compare. I think I also may keep two of the RB pullets to breed to my NHR roo.
Yes I would have liked to do the "tests" with a bigger population sample. However I do think that my experiences gave me a pretty good general idea how that breed was. The only varying factor I could see is if the specific breed was from a different hatchery.
I definitely agree that there are always varying factors. I tried to keep everything as similar as I can. All were fed the same food, same schedules, same suppliments, etc.
And while time of year definitely matters, it doesn't so much here in San Diego, it's fairly constant weather, especially this year we aren't getting all the usual hot weather.
At what age were you having the health problems with your Red Broilers? Knock on wood... I haven't had anything at all and we've been in the middle of a heat wave. I'm on 22% feed as well.
I know you wrote that your customers prefer the taste of the Cornish X, but did you prefer one taste over the other? Thanks for sharing so much info!