2nd Generation Freedom Rangers

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by crperdue, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. crperdue

    crperdue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are some 2nd generation Freedom Rangers. There are some Blue sex-links, Black sex-links, and a few CX in there as well.

    In the bottom photo you can see an F2 Ranger cockerel next to three Blue sex-link cockerels that where all hatched on the same day. Those 4 were 5 weeks old in that photo.

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  2. 2nd generations still have some fast growing genes with them. Way to go. Chicken is soooo good. Raising them is even funner. To me raising chickens is like therapy only free. Ok, not quite free because of how spoiled they are, but cheaper than therapy. Ah! Who am I kidding. My chickens have cost me a fortune over the years. But I wouldn't change it for anything. Great Rangers!
     
  3. FeatheredObsessions

    FeatheredObsessions Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I so love the blue coloring!
     
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    very nice . . . now what are you going to do?
     
  5. crperdue

    crperdue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The plan is to raise these F2s and evaluate as I go. I will be hatching out more. If all goes well, I will select breeders and see what F3s look like.

    I've got black sex-links off of a Freedom Ranger rooster and some barred rock hens. I plan to test these as layers, broilers, and capons. I have some
    Delaware's from Whitmore Farms and I plan to test red sex-links off the Freedom Ranger roosters and Delaware hens. My thinking is that those may
    prove better than the black sex-links but we will have to wait for the results to know for sure.

    I have other projects in the works, but these are the ones that involve the Rangers.
     
  6. SteveH

    SteveH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2009
    West/Central IL
    Wishing you much success, and thanks for sharing.

    It would be interesting to know how the F2's feed conversion ratioes compare to their parent's, how they compare to your sexlinks, and how the cost of producing your own broiler chicks compares to buying them as day olds.......................... but I know the added trouble of penning them all seperate and keeping detailed records of weights, feed fed, and expences is a bit much.
     
  7. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is interesting. Keep us posted!
     
  8. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    wow good luck and keep us posted! [​IMG]

    Steve's right the hardest part is keeping enough birds and keeping them spereated and the record keeping.
     
  9. Mrs. Mucket

    Mrs. Mucket Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love those little meatosaurs with their chubby legs!
     

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