This post was from almost two years ago but thought I would update since the Dixies are now being offered through Mt. Healthy. I believe S&G has dropped Reds and Grays (or mixed everything together as Rainbows). We will raise more this summer as my wife prefers these over the CX- prettier and less messy. They are so much more durable than the CX but just not nearly as efficient. I was happy enough with the weights before. I would hope to see a little more consistency and hopefully a better FCR in the warmer months. ***** I thought I would post results of a batch from S&G since results from others have been very helpful to me. There were 130 birds received of the Johnny Grays, Dixie Rainbows, and Red Rangers. The Reds actually arrived two weeks later than the others but were combined after a couple weeks in the brooder. This did allow for some separate data for the Reds. The birds were tractored up to dispatch. Due to how these were sold, it is impossible to give a breakdown for each breed but a general feel for how these perform can be estimated. These had a market once they achieved a 5 lb live weight and most were sold live so live weights were recorded for consistency. They were fed out and sold from 9-1/2 weeks to 14 weeks. Loss Total loss was 12 birds so approximately 9% which I think is high for these. There were occasional losses up to 9 weeks which was odd. The losses seemed to stop when vitamin supplements were stopped but this could have been a coincidence. Dixies/Johnny Grays results 10 wks: First third- Avg wt 5.6 lb (6.4 lb high) mostly JG 12 wks: Second third- Avg wt 6.1 lb (8 lb high) mixed DR/JG 13 wks: Last third- Avg wt 5.4 (7 lb high) mostly Dixies Reds 14 wks: Avg wt 6.3 (8.2 lb high) had a few runts Feed rate This is the killer. Total feed to get to this point was a live FCR of 5.5 which seems extremely high. The time of the year could have contributed since these were finished up in mid January. There was some feed waste also but not enough to justify such a high number. Positives These are beautiful birds that forage well and are much cleaner than CX. They can handle the elements better than a CX and might be an option for winter birds if you are in an area not prone to snow and have the pasture to support. They do seem to have more taste and texture than the CX but that could be in my head due to all the extra time and feed (or due to processed at later age). Negatives FCR! They consume a lot of feed and grow out a slower than promoted. Its difficult for the positives to overcome this. Summary I had read some unflattering reviews of S&G birds but have mixed feelings. The Johnny Grays seemed to do better as a group. Some of the reds performed well but there were a few runts in the reds and none in the others. They do not give the quantity of meat as a CX but are not meant to. All birds that were dressed average 70% dressed/live ratio with no organs. The losses bothered me but could have been related to something else. I would like to try another group of these with netting in more of a confined pasture method instead of the tractors and in warmer weather to see if the FCR goes down. I also hope to raise some JM birds to compare which have gotten much better reviews. If anyone has any thoughts on improving, I am all ears .or eyes in this case.