Originally Posted by NotAFarm
I've raised both to put in the freezer. The Freedom Rangers are by far "more like real chicknes". They want to move around and will forage if given the chance. The Cornish X are happy to lay around and eat. We butchered our Freedom Rangers at 11 weeks and had some at the 5.5 lb range for cockerels, down to 3 lb for pullets. Cornish X were butchered at 6/7 weeks and had some 6 pounders, pullets around 3.5 pounds. I like the idea of only making the 6/7 week commitment on the Cornish X but they do have to be watched closer to keep them from gaining too fast and breaking down. The Cornish also have more problems with heat so are better if done in the early spring or fall. Mine were "required" to move twice a day when I moved their tractor onto fresh grass and it was all some of them could handle.
THe hens are much smaller than I thought they would be!! THe cornish X remind me of the BBW I raised last year. They free ranged around the back yard most of the summer, then come October they were soooo big travel was limited to only a matter of feet. Eat and lay down. Toms dressed at #35. At least you were kind enough to "require" your beasts to move.
I have 4 BR toms that are 9 months old and are quite different from the BBW. THe much smaller breast area is hard to get used to. I saw SweetWaters offered by SandHill that are larger breasted. Maybe next year.