Freedom Rangers breed true?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by RebelsHope, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. RebelsHope

    RebelsHope Songster

    Jul 27, 2007
    This is going to be my first go about with meat chickens. I have layers now, but with the prices of things going up I thought I would try some meat chickens. I have been reading the praises of Freedom Rangers on here. I was wondering what would happen if I ordered some extra and made my own flock. Has anyone kept some hens and a roo and see what the chicks are like? Or is this something I will have to reorder every year?

    Also any advice for a first timer? I know not to name them.

    I have found a place to process them. I forgot to ask about how much it would cost to process. I read on the internet that it would be about $2.40- $2.75 does that sound about right?
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    All meat broilers are hybrids, so they will not breed true. You need to order chicks each year, unless you can work out a breeding program for yourself.

    I pay $5-$7 per bird for processing. But everything costs more in the PNW.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Quote:Yep.... dang feed went up in cost another 30% between Feb and March! [​IMG]
  4. blue90292

    blue90292 Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    Rosharon, TX
    in the last 3 months, my feed bill has gone up 50%. this is ridiculous.

    i let all my customers know that i'm raising my egg prices and they said okay....i was like, why didn't i raise it before? :|

    grey, didn't you keep some of the FRs to see how they would do?
  5. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    Yes. I have two "Gourmet Blacks" which run with my laying flock. I crossed them to a Dark Cornish. I have chicks in the brooder now... I just can't tell which are DC x FR versus DC x BSL.

    I should take some more photos of them. It's hard to say how they're growing since they're in there with ducks and geese.

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