Mine were just gross. I cleaned their brooder, then kept them moving on range, but they would just sit right outside their house, pooping and then laying in it. They would RUN to the feeder when it was time to eat but couldnt be bothered to walk two steps to avoid their own poop... And they grew so fast that they never really grew feathers on their butts much. When their behinds were really poopy I think it inhibited the feather gross, or they stuck together and tore out. But they also dont have many feathers under their wings either. I saw this listed as a plus in one place. Easier to pluck...
For me, they took all the joy out of chickens. just gross. We called them "the Yucks"- as in, "I am going to refill the yucks' water."
I switched to freedom rangers for this exact reason. But let me see how the FR grow before I make sweeping statements! (they are 3 weeks old)
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Chestnut Ridge Farm- Raising pasture-raised poultry, eggs and pork in the North Carolina foothills.