Red Rangers

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Farmer-John, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. Farmer-John

    Farmer-John In the Brooder

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    Does anyone have any experience with raising this broiler type??

    Getting ready to place a large broiler order and was curious what your experience was like with them..

    FYI, not interested in Cornish X... looking for a free ranging broiler with a quicker turn around time than my dual purpose birds.

    Thanks!
     
  2. bloonskiller911

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  3. Farmer-John

    Farmer-John In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the link.. I planning on ordering 100 of them, if the replies look promising.

    I set eggs a couple weeks ago, the pullets will go into my layer coop and the roo's, well you know where they'll go.

    I have alot of family that enjoy the fresh chicken so I alway butcher more than i need. Just wanted something different than the the CX's but something that didn't take 18-22 weeks to feed out like my dual purpose breeds. Grain prices have taken some of the hobby out of it; although, it's worth the price vs store bought chicken..

    thanks, again..

    Farmer-John
     
  4. bloonskiller911

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    I AGREE!!! always better than store bought. just hatched off some myself for an uncle and getting ready to start the incubator on thursday hopefully. got a lot of people i know wanting to get into chickens. only to glad to help get them started.
     
  5. Farmer-John

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    I hear you, my brother is the Chief of Police in Osgood, and I finally got him hooked on chickens.. I gave him three Golden laced hens and a french black copper marans roo. He's hooked..and ready to expand. I have a pretty good sized farm so I raise all the meat birds here and have a butchering party... All they guys, bleeding, scalding, plucking (I have a plucker) and cleaning,, the ladies do the quartering, and packaging. Did i mention that there is a few brews consumed during such time.

    Either way, it's a good way to get everyone together, get some work done and have a good time.
    We'll fire up the big smoker and put several birds straight on, and by the time we're done, so is dinner.

    Good times!!
     
  6. RubyRamona

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    We got some a week ago. They are HUGE already!!! I'm worried they are going to eat us out of house and home :) our hatchery says they are 8lbs at 12 weeks but if they maintain this rate there's no way they will take 12 weeks!
     
  7. Farmer-John

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    yikes... I was hoping they were a little slower growing than that. It does sound as if they have a good weight to fee ratio though.

    Quick question: are you allowing them to have feed 24/7 or are you rationing them? I have always rationed my broilers, or else they would eat me out of house and home.

    Just curious...

    thanks so much for the reply..

    John
     
  8. Farmer-John

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    I just realized you have only had them a week, sorry.. So i'm assuming they have feed around the clock right now. I would always feed mine mid-day and only once a day, once I figured out about how much they ate within 30 minutes.

    thanks again..
     
  9. Life is Good!

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    I raised this breed last spring/early summer. I'll be getting more early May this year...April was just too early for me last year.
    I enjoyed this breed both in the pen and on the table. They act like chickens - sure they LOVED their feed, but they also foraged nicely, ate every bug out there, and were true 'chickens'. We processed ours at 12wks. Started at 10 1/2wks with some of the louder roos. Certainly got quiet quickly after that!
    Weights were around 5#'s, some hens were a touch under 4#'s. I kept feed in front of them 2x/day (7am and 4pm) - then when they were outside, they also could eat/forage/catch what they could. If I recall, they were feathered enough to go outside at 3 1/2wks. I didn't use any fermented feed with these, just ACV in the water - had no losses, no health issues either. All around good experience.
    Oh, there were 25 birds in our flock of meaties.
     
  10. RubyRamona

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    Buff Orpington on the left and a red ranger on the right. Both hatched a week and a day ago :)
     

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