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Red Ranger raising from start to finish (in pictures)

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by CoopDeViIIe, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. CoopDeViIIe

    CoopDeViIIe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered a batch of Red Ranger meat chicks back in May from Moyer's. They were all cockerals. Here is their week to week growth in pictures.

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    Subject A at 1 week old.

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    Subject A at 2 weeks old

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    Subject A at 3 weeks old.

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    Subject A at 4 weeks old.

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    Subject A at 5 weeks old.

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    Subject A at 6 weeks.

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    Subject A at 7 weeks.

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    At this point I added a new test subject because Subject A was looking below the average size of the group. Here they are at 8 weeks.

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    Both Subjects at 9 weeks.

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    Both Subjects at 10 weeks old.

    I slaughtered before they reached 11 weeks. I didn't lose a single bird, no one got sick, all the carcasses were nice and healthy. I raised them in a tractor.

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    Average dress out weight was 5lbs. I think I prefer these over the CornishX. They took 2 weeks extra to grow out, but they ate less anyway, so the actual feed usage is about the same. Much more active and healthy than the CornishX were for me under the same conditions.
     
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  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Wow, thank you for the detailed time line and results! I will be getting my first order of Freedom Rangers in early September and am curious how they differ from the usual Cornish X. I tried 2 small batches of Cornish X this spring with mixed results. The first group did wonderfully, the second group not so much.
     
  3. ChocolateMouse

    ChocolateMouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This sounds great! When I get a bigger patch of grass for my chickens I will be raising these birds! All I want is a 5-6lb carcass so I'd probably raise until 12 weeks just to bring up an smaller birds to size. How many lbs of feed did you go through per bird?
     

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