I made a decision a week back to keep two of my Freedom Ranger pullets to add to my mixed DP flock of layers. According to the hatchery, they make decent layers. However, since I've placed these two pullets in with my other girls, I've noticed big differences in their behavior. My setup has a fully enclosed run (4'X8' under the coop plus an additional 6'X9' run space) and also an attached 10'X20' chain link dog run that they can access most of the time. I also let my girls out to free range for an hour or so a day.
So far, the two Freedom Ranger pullets pretty much hang out under the coop, near the feeder all day. They might venture out into the dog-run part in the early morning when I put some food out there, but don't seem interested in foraging or scratching around much. I've heard about this behavior with CX meat chickens, but thought the Freedom Rangers would be more active.
Have any of you experimented with Freedom Rangers as layers? How was their production compared with other heritage or DP breeds? Am I making a mistake? Are they just adjusting to their new digs? It's not too late to strip them of their names and put them back with the other Freedom Rangers awaiting harvesting (although it does make things harder )