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Freedom Rangers are Hybrids?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Omniskies, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2008
    I've heard a lot of great things about Freedom Rangers - especially the ability to keep them as a self-sustaining flock of meat birds, unlike Cornish Rocks. Then I came across this article: http://www.motherearthnews.com/happy-homesteader/wrong-about-freedom-rangers-zb0z10zgri.aspx

    Are Freedom Rangers too good to be true? Are they actually hybrids?

    And, for that matter, does that mean Freedom Rangers could be crossed with Cornish Rock to produce another burst of hybrid vigor? Or crossed with another fast growing and/or meaty breed for that F1 vigor?
  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    Yes, FR are definetly a hybrid. They just haven't been bred to develop as fast as the CX. I'm not real sure what their genetic make-up is.
  3. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2010
    Northern Colorado
    oh yea... definitely a hybrid

    there are lots of threads here with people asking about them breeding true
  4. Country Parson

    Country Parson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2010
    Bellefontaine, OH
    Has anyone on here bred from their Freedom Ranger flock? If so, what can you tell us what generation #2 is like? I would love to get some FR this Summer to see them in action (and maybe experiment with breeding them with some of my other birds, like my Dark Cornish).

    As long as its a healthy, active meaty bird that can free range I'm not too picky about bloodlines.
  5. chickensrfood

    chickensrfood Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 24, 2010
    They are a mixed breed/cross breed.

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