Free range 4h meat chickens

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by coppertop2014, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. coppertop2014

    coppertop2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to show 4h meat chickens. I'd like a free range alternative to Cornish cross. Suggestions?????
     
  2. SwedishDude99

    SwedishDude99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi copper! I am in the FFA, which is similar to 4h. Difference is FFA is high school students only. Anyway, what are your reasons for not wanting to raise cornish x?
     
  3. coppertop2014

    coppertop2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My belief is that people will like prettier chickens and free range chickens to auction.
     
  4. SwedishDude99

    SwedishDude99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I completely agree with you. They have chickens called "freedom rangers" which are meat birds that are brown instead of white. I may be incorrect, but I think they grow slower than the cornish X. Another option is giving cornish x a try. Believe it or not, these birds WILL free range. If you raise them how you are wanting to raise your meat birds, you will find that they are not lazy, disgusting birds. Give them adequate room, and they will not be filthy. You can keep them relatively clean. Most people who have negative comments a bout cornish X raise these birds how they are raised on commercial farms. Anyway, that's just another option to consider.
     
  5. coppertop2014

    coppertop2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dank ya
     
  6. Kiaton

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    Maybe you could try a dual-purpose breed if you're looking for a more attractive option that's better than free-ranging?
    I've noticed with Cornish X, everyone seems to get different results, I had some and despite having a ton of room and grass, they refused it even having been exposed to it since they were chicks and having restricted food so personally I wouldn't raise them.
     
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    Dixie Rainbow/Pioneer.
     
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  8. coppertop2014

    coppertop2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank ya all we settled on freedom rangers.
     
  9. coppertop2014

    coppertop2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Still open for suggestions though
     

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