Randy and I will building a temporary brooder today. The barn we had a brooder set up in burned down last Spring.
We have a batch of Freedom Ranger chicks coming in eight days so I though we better find somewhere to put them!
I didn't want to get birds this early but since we are having trouble keeping up with the demand I decided to get going as soon as possible.
The Freedom Ranger birds are part of the Label Rouge program from France.
We were looking for a bird that has a more aggressive nature to forage than the standard Cornish Cross birds that many folks use for pastured poultry.
The Freedom Ranger birds fit the bill! The meat is also excellent. They take a couple more weeks to grow out than Cornish Cross but as with any animal that matures slower, they are flavorful!
These birds remind you of old breed birds because they are! They are several different colors and are noticeably more active than Cornish Cross.
We are running them in poultry netting instead of movable pens or chicken tractors as some people call them.
You can see our philosophy on pastured poultry here.
I'll be sure to post more on these birds through the growing season.
Well I'm off to get started!
Until next time...