Broiler heritage crosses, anyone?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sovietkennels, Sep 28, 2018.

  1. sovietkennels

    sovietkennels Chirping

    Jul 3, 2015
    Charlotte NC
    Has anyone bred their their broiler (cornish, red broiler, husky red, freedom ranger, red ranger, Dixie) to a heritage breed? Can you post any pictures of the results? And maybe some info on adult weights and sizes? Thank you
  2. dan26552

    dan26552 Free Ranging

    Oct 28, 2014
    Waiting for epicness.
    My Coop
    I have red rangers and I’ve had them cross with a number of my heritage breeds, Australorps, Brown Leghorns And Rhode Island Reds mostjey. The crosses have varried a good bit in weight and looks, even from the same cross. The Australorp cross roosters have come in three colors, Black with red leakage, black with gold leakage and black with silver leakage. The pullets so far have only come out with red leakage, I’m not sure why :confused: The males have been big boys though smaller than the rangers, around 6-7 lbs 7-8 months (my Australorps are a little on the small side) They grew faster than the Australorps but a bit slower than the rangers and were leaner breasted but still pretty meaty. B79CBBD7-9BFA-4850-B77C-7D90163E7170.jpeg EC17FC1C-8C0C-413F-A2A6-2BE554488288.jpeg BC48C445-EA3E-4030-9D65-6BBE7A54833E.jpeg 9A2F29A8-1C95-4896-98E7-F8863BED0558.jpeg 5252A9E9-05EE-4491-B16C-D20EB887D54B.jpeg 7B8050FB-8CEB-4CA9-9B10-A39DCCD7A9D0.jpeg 2822191E-2FBF-4C7A-BC9D-0940BC94D657.jpeg

    The RIR crosses were a little slower growing than the BAs and at 6 1/2 months the boys are still a little small to butcher, the pullets are a pretty good size though, about 5lbs. I don’t have any pictures of the Roos but they all pretty much look like pure RIRs.
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    The Leghorn crosses have been quite interesting to watch grow out, the roosters came out almost identical to my ranger rooster but with a deeper hue of red, unfortunately neither made it to butchering but both stayed relatively small, around 4lbs. The pullets came out very different, one is a light buff with the brown Leghorn markings, she’s also really big, as big and broad as the pure ranger pullets I hatched out, somewhere between 6-7lbs the other came out a dark red with Leghorn markings and is tiny, around 4lbs.
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  3. levisharvest

    levisharvest In the Brooder

    thanks, i have 5 red rangers, and would love to cross them with my white rock, black giant, and silver laced wyandottes
  4. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Enabler

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