Freedom Rangers need Roosts?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by RoosterGeek, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. RoosterGeek

    RoosterGeek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's the general consensus on Freedom Rangers and rooster? I know that Cornish x you do not want to let roost due to weight and weak legs. I'll be getting my first batch of 25 tomorrow and building their Salatin style tractor this weekend. I was wondering if I should add onto the back end and allow for roosting. I'm asking this because I have heard that they are much more active.
     
  2. Shaun

    Shaun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine would roost, but I put the roosts rather low to the ground just in case. You will find them very much more active indeed than Cornish cross, and they dress out to really lovely and delicious carcasses.
     
  3. RoosterGeek

    RoosterGeek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the feedback! My wife brought up the secondary benefit of using it for the layers when "meatie bird" empty.



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  4. marceedee

    marceedee Out Of The Brooder

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    We build a roost for our red broilers about 6" off the ground, but most of the flock preferred sleeping on the ground. A few, about 10 out of the 60, used the roost.
     
  5. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    They'll be perfectly happy without roosts. I just raised a batch in my tractor and they did fine without a roost.
     
  6. TimG

    TimG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    Maine
    Do I have the only non-meat chickens that don't use a roost?
     
  7. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    in the coop i am currently using as a brooder there were already roosts and at 2 weeks my rangers were roosting... but the past batches i have done didn't have roosts and they seemed fine without them.
     
  8. Urbanfarmerkc

    Urbanfarmerkc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine never roosted or tried to roost but if you do it right they are ready to process at 16 weeks or less and many of my "larger" birds don't start roosting until that time. These birds although not as big and bulky as the cornish grow really fast and are pretty heavy fast. I think you are fine without the roosts.
     
  9. TimG

    TimG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    Maine
    Quote:I know you said "or less", but I think 12 is plenty and the cockerels were ready by 10-11 weeks.
     
  10. Urbanfarmerkc

    Urbanfarmerkc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I know you said "or less", but I think 12 is plenty and the cockerels were ready by 10-11 weeks.

    My pullets weren't ready at 12 so I held them for 14 weeks. Admittedly, I had some whoppers... I had one weigh in at 6lbs. LOL But had some as low as 2.5 lbs. The folks that bought them from me, loved the range of weights though. I ended up baking the 6 pounder for supper and it was DELICIOUS. I will warn though, if you wait as long as I did, they are a LITTLE tougher than at 12 weeks.

    Dave
     

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