good foraging meat birds?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by turtlemamameg, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. turtlemamameg

    turtlemamameg New Egg

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    we are new this year to raising meat birds and would like to find a breed that are good foragers. Any suggestions?
     
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  2. DenverBird

    DenverBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm raising my first batch of meaties this year also and we got the Freedom Rangers based on research I did that says they are a relatively fast grower (12 wks) and range well. Yesterday they were three weeks old and we've only lost one so far (out of 26), feeding them a 20% organic grower mix all along.

    Good luck!

    -DB
     
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  3. menageriemama

    menageriemama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have only had Cornish X meaties, but mine were great foragers. They roamed all over, and were very healthy.
     
  4. ChikeeMomma

    ChikeeMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
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    Quote:I've done a batch of Dixie Rainbows (kinda like a Freedom Ranger) and a batch of Cornish X. The Cornish X did a great job free ranging, too.
     
  5. SJ

    SJ Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Delawares for sure. [​IMG]
     
  6. ShadyHoller

    ShadyHoller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our Delaware-based mutts are great foragers. Very active. I think just about any bird (with the possible exception of some extra-lazy CX) will forage effectively if given access to good pasture. We use tractors, and our birds graze the pasture down before they have time to pave it in poo. CX seem to be best at burying the good pasture with a thick layer of manure, instead of eating any of it!

    The bird that has the reputation for being the most industrious forager is the old-school Dark Cornish. There are a number of threads here on BYC on the subject, if you do a search. I've never raised them, but have been tempted to.

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  7. Talihofarms

    Talihofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Both.... Cornish X and freedom rangers are good for pasture.

    The rangers take longer to reach a market weight for broilers.

    Our cutomers are split on which they prefer.


    Just my .02
     
  8. cgallamo

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    I tried a batch (32) of red laced white cornish. Cornish have the large breasts and are great foragers but develop more slowly than your birds designed to pack on the pounds. However, I provided less feed over the course of their lifetime (5-6 months).

    I kept the two best roosters and bred them to some Egyptian Fayoumis. Trying to select for the large breast and foraging capabilities. But the RLW Cornish were very good foragers, I was pleasantly surprised.
     
  9. woodduck farms

    woodduck farms Just Hatched

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    weve only been raising broilers for six years now but here is our experience. we raise 50 to 75 broilers at a time on pasture. we usually get 8 to 10 freedom rangers or red rangers to grow with them .they seem to make /keep the white broilers very active. The whites seem to mimic the reds from day one in the brooder.we end up with very active white broilers.
     
  10. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Sounds like an interesting way to do it. They do learn from each other. I can see how that would be an advantage.
     

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