This was the last batch of the year and we were pushing it to have birds on grass the last day of November.
These birds have impressed me ever since we decided to go with them instead of the industry standard Cornish Cross birds.
Compared to Cornish they are aggressive foragers. More like old time chickens than the souped up meat birds of today. We tried for several years to get something besides the latest and greatest meat bird genetics that produce a bird ready to slaughter in 45-50 days.
Finally the Freedom Ranger came onto the scene in the last couple of years.
Although our customers had always been happy with the standard meat bird, I wanted something more suited to sustainable farming and outdoor operations.
Exceptional taste was also something I always strive for and I knew that old heritage breed birds have a flavor that blows away the Cornish type meat birds.
The catch to using old meat bird type chickens is they grow extremely slow. The carcass is so far from what most people are used to in a chicken that it's very easy to turn customers off regardless of how great they taste. Mainly since the breast on these birds are not "double breasted."
The Freedom Ranger broiler answers all these problems!
They are a double breasted bird that grows out in about 70 days. The taste? Out of this world when raised on pasture.
bird pictured here weighed 5 pounds 12 ounces in 68 days. We had some
break the 6 lb mark! This was in late September through the end of
November. We had quite a bit of temps down in the 30's at night and 50's
through the day. Several times we had storms with strong winds and
gusty winds for a day or two after.
Not the perfect weather I always hope for, but these birds still did quite well.
The carcass is longer than the usual grocery store chicken or Cornish type bird but every bit as meaty. Since they forage so aggressively they've got to be loaded with Omega 3's.
If you are looking for good chicken that forages for grass, bugs and worms like the old time chickens of yesteryear, look no further than Freedom Rangers at Spring Hill Farms.