Dear Greyfields, Cindy, Mick and all who care about the Freedom Rangers,
Here is the letter I sent to Barbara yesterday:
I just read the posts that were put on the backyardchickens.com forum in reference to Freedom Rangers and about what people think happened to your WONDERFUL business.
Most of us are concerned about you and are praying for you. I told them that I will ask you what happened so that people can stop speculating.
I think it's something medical and I was thinking maybe something happened to your husband. Others think something happened to the business itself.
We all are hoping it will work itself out and that you will be able to keep it going in the USA with so many of us behind you and all the hard work you have done to get your Freedom Ranger business where it is today. Many have bought your chickens and still many more wish they had.
With God all things are possible and I know that what ever happened it will work out and God will help you through what ever happened and get you back in business. If you are going to pass it on to others I and many like me hope we can still be customers of yours.
I hope it's temporary and like you said that you hoped to do some things
God Speed Barbara and God Bless you and
your family now and always,
Concerned Customer who cares
as well as her reply that she asked me to post here for all of you.
We can help her and her Freedom Ranger business. She got hosed by someone who fell through on a promis to buy many chickens.
Here is her reply e-mail to me / and all of you who care:
Please do post this on the backyard chicken forum if you wish.
We have been put into this postion by a series of events over which we had no control. WE had set up production in June 2007 for a small company who were intending to build a poultry processing plant and were interested in using our breeds.
Unfortunately this company never achieved the target numbers for birds they asked for, and never built the plant. In mid January at only less than one
quarter of the target birds being placed to growers, the company ran out of funds.
This left Freedom Rangers in a very dire financial situation with production set up to provide over 18000 chicks per week and the breeding flock structure in place .
We were left with the unenviable task of culling breeders and destroying chicks at birth. We have tried to recover financially over the past 2 months but have been unable to do so, culumating in the closure of the business.
At the same time we do have a daughter(40) with
serious heart problems and she recently had a mini stroke and this was also causing us some distress.
These situations arise in business, and who is to know this when you start out, and maybe we should or should not have done certain things, but hindsight is always 20/20.
AS far as we are concerned we have been very humbled by the outpouring of empathy and kind words and prayers from many of our customers all over the USA. We thank all of you, so many of you are like close friends and not just customers.
We firmly believe that these breeds are a great and a viable alternative to the cornish cross for outdoor production. This is borne out by the numbers of these breeds which are sold in Europe every year.
Freedom Rangers will actively seek out willing and enterprising people who will step up and
establish small breeding flocks in various location across the USA.
We feel that our role in the future could be that of an advisory company to assist anybody to set up and manage a breeder flock of their own.
This will be the way forward for these breeds. There is a huge gap in the marketplace which these birds can fill. Also there has to be someone who will be willing to service all you small to medium size growers out there. More locations for breeders means less travel time for chicks which will be better for those little birds in the long run.
This is just the end of the first stage of this story, we are still here to answer your questions, show you how to do it and take the Freedom Rangers name forward.
Thank you for your time on this forum.
Barbara and Brian Aaron
If you would like to send an e-mail to Barbara to let her know you are interested in purchasing Freedom Rangers in the future, or just drop a line to say you are praying for her family that would be very kind.
Her e-mail address is: Barbara Aaron [email@example.com]
Anyone who would be interested in joining her "Breeding Program" that'd be great!! Mention that to her if you are interested.
I'd Love to but we only have 2 acres and a coop to hold no more than 70 chickens.
Our 56 chickens go to market next week and I plan to hold a male and female to see what happens (shrug). The female is small and there are many roosters to pick from. I just hope that I don't do him (the rooster) an injustice as he will be quite heavy and how long can he hold up??
I wonder what feed to give them? I plan to put them in with my 18 egg layers who are 2 weeks older.
I'd like to slow the growth of the Rangers that I plan to keep. How would you suggest I incorporate the 2 Rangers in with the Pullet Hens??
Thanks in advance for any suggestions about the broilers and God Bless you always,