Since I am hatching eggs out I thought I would experiment on making my own meat birds. Last year I bought 4 Red Rangers at Tractor Supply and 2 turned out to be females so I kept them to breed with. So far I have bred them with what was supposed to be a pure bred Ayam Cemani but turned out to be a cross that happened a little on the large side. Next was a Silver Grey Dorking.
The Results after 6 weeks, 3 Black N Meaties as I like to call them
I also had some under a Broody Japanese Bantam and at 6 weeks they are larger than mama bird. Although there is also a Black Maran Sex Link in there too you can tell her by the leg color in the 2nd photo. She is the one standing up in the first photo of the Brood.
The Next Set of Parents. Dorking x Red Ranger
Still in the Brooder about day 3. I have no idea how that one will turn out but I might be breeding him/her back to the Dorkings if It looks like the offspring have a chance of being Columbian patterned. I want to make my own Breed of Columbian Dorkings that I can make sex links with using a New Hampshire Red male in the distant Future.