Big business is always very powerful, indeed. When you get a chance anyone who thinks differently should watch the documentary put out last year or the year before titled "Who Killed the Electric Car?"
However...on a brighter note...
While it is always sad to see someone go out of business especially nice people who have worked so hard the good news is that the genetics will not be lost, because you have to remember that these are hybrid birds. It is not as though they were the last breeders of a breed that was on the verge of extinction. There are other breeders out there raising the same birds from the same original stock just not using such a catch name as Freedom Rangers (which, IMHO, was a brilliant marketing/branding strategy on Barbara and Brians part).
The birds that they got their original stock from were likely from Hubbard and from the same foundation genetics that MT-DI and some other hatcheries are raising now. Definitely the grey and the red and the bronze (in fact, some of the FR photos were probably from the stock photos from Hubbard, as far as I can tell). I'm not as sure about the goldens, but I have not looked closely enough at the hubbardbreeders. com website to determine the genetics on that bird. They may be further down the list in the various crosses.
When I started seeing the handwriting on the wall in getting chicks from Barbara, I did a little bit of googling and found a hatchery close to me in Lancaster County, PA. (www.jmhatchery. com). Their birds are virtually the same broilers as the freedom ranger reds and bronzes and I picked up my chicks from them. I plan to hold back a few birds, myself, to see about breeding some of my own, but knowing that they are a hybrid, I don't expect them to breed true from a color perspective and will likely inject some hybrid vigor every few generations down the road just because I find genetics to be very interesting.
Soall is not lost for those of you who wanted Freedom Rangers and you do not have to settle for just raising CC if you dont want to. Again, Barbara and Brian just did a really great job of marketing their birds as a unique product with a unique name but you will find that their birds are not any different from George from MT-DI's birds or Joel Martin's birds that I picked up last week.