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Red Ranger Breast Meat?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Newchickenguy, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. Newchickenguy

    Newchickenguy In the Brooder

    Nov 20, 2012
    Can someone who has raised the redbro/redranger meat chickens tell me if you get the large amount of white breast meat that you get from the normal white broiler meat bird. If not, do you still get more meat from there breast than a heritage meat chicken?

  2. Newchickenguy

    Newchickenguy In the Brooder

    Nov 20, 2012
    No one ever raised them before?
  3. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

    Mar 4, 2009
    waterville , canada
    You get much more than heritage type chicken. But not quite as much as from a commerical broiler - it's still a lot.

    I suppose this depends on the strain you go with.
  4. Newchickenguy

    Newchickenguy In the Brooder

    Nov 20, 2012
    k thanks for info
  5. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Songster

    Apr 14, 2011
    suburbia Chicagoland
    Colored rangers, if grown to about 11-14wks, will provide a good quantity of breast meat as compared to some heritage breeds.

    There are some heritage breeds that do provide a very nice amount of breast meat (thinking of buff orphington's and maran's) - but NOTHING like a CX like what's in your grocery store.

    I posted a photo comparison of my Black Java's (heritage breed) vs. Freedom Ranger vs. CX - here:

    Sometimes photos do all the work for words!

    Please know that a CX gets to be about 5#'s in typically 8-10wks.
    A Colored Ranger gets to be about 5#'s in typically 11-14wks.
    A Heritage Breed gets to be about 5#'s in typically 18-26wks.

    It's all about feed costs to some folks - to other's it's meat texture - to others it's sustainability and eco-consciousness......just depends what your goals are. Yes, we eat all our "extra" heritage cockerals. But we raise a batch of colored rangers and a batch of CX because each type of meat cooks a different way. And being a good cook - I like the variety!

    *edited for stupid typo's! Don't have a kitten help you type!*
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2014
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