Rainbow Ranger Broilers

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  1. farmchick897

    farmchick897 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Meyer Hatchery has rainbow ranger broilers does anyone have experience raising these vs white broilers? I know they take a couple more weeks to grow out but do they forage more? Are there breasts big like the Cornish X?
     
  2. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    my guess is that they are pretty close to the Freedom rangers, but just a guess.
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    I just finished butchering my first ever Freedom Rangers. They grew so fast and became huge. They reminded me of veloceraptor.
    They were from Freedomrangerhatchery.
    26 arrived, 1 died @ 1 week from unknown cause, 1 blew away in a windstorm their second night outside, possum ate another, 1 went lame at 7 weeks, 1 rooster was a runt that was only 3 lbs. 8 oz. at 11 weeks. Other than that all went well.
    I fed 24% protein flock raiser till 8 weeks then switched to 15%.
    Killed 3 at 6 weeks - they averaged 3 lb. 1.3 oz.
    At 8 weeks they were 4 lbs.
    At 12 weeks they were 5 lbs. 5 oz.
    They were on pasture from 3 weeks on - they didn't like snow much though.
    I was very pleased.

    If cornish cross get bigger faster I would be amazed
     
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    lol, they do.
     
  5. Talihofarms

    Talihofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Corinish x 4-5 lbs in 8 weeks.[​IMG]
     
  6. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you think you could bred these if you let grow up? I was thinking about getting some
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Quote:I asked Kendall about that, I'm sure you could. He said they aren't great layers, just average.
     
  8. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Quote:Wow.
    but the FR could run, fly, jump and forage like mad.
     
  9. ChikeeMomma

    ChikeeMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wow.
    but the FR could run, fly, jump and forage like mad.

    Ahh....but the Cornish Xs can, also. Just have to raise them in a different way than normal. My Xs probably didn't fly so high by the end of the 11 weeks, though. [​IMG] Maybe just a couple of feet off the ground.
     
  10. Talihofarms

    Talihofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My cornish run jump and free range with my Marans,RIR and Sussex just fine.
    They just don't hang around as long.[​IMG]
     

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