This supplier is NPIP certified.
Our day old Black Freedom Rangers originate from four different heritage breeds bred to the high standards of the French Label Rouge breeding program of the 1960’s. The breeding flock has been imported from Burgundy and Brittany, France. The Black Freedom Ranger chickens retain the qualities of the good old chicken – such as dust bathing, ground scratching, and basking in sunlight – and produce meat with exceptional taste and firm (but not tough) texture that delights discerning eaters. These are fantastic, robust, and hardy chickens that love free range and pastured environments and do well in any climate once they are fully feathered. They will excel and thrive on your homestead or hobby farm!
We typically ship a straight run (a random mix of both genders).
Freedom Rangers do well in confinement, requiring 2-3 cubic feet of space per bird, but will taste better if allowed to be pastured or free range. They do require a place to roost that is safe from the elements.
After 15 weeks of age, the Freedom Ranger becomes sexually active and goes through a hormone change which makes the meat tougher and less desirable.
These black broilers are valued among discerning meat consumers for their taste and texture.
Mix and match eligible poultry with the same hatch date to reach your minimum order.
Minimum order is 15 total chicks during spring & summer (minimum 5 per breed). November 1 - March 30 Minimum order is 25 chicks.
Quantity Discounts Standard and Black Freedom Rangers
|Up to 25||26-49||50-99||100+|
Feed – Broilers
- 21-22% protein starter 2-3 weeks
- 18-19% protein grower until week 7
- 16-17% protein finisher
- 2.5 lbs feed per 1 lb of gain – harvested at 8-9 weeks.
- 2.7 – 2.8 feed per lb of gain – harvested at 10-11 weeks.
Freedom Rangers take approximately 1-2 weeks longer to reach the same weights as the Cornish hybrids (the common commercial breed).
- Broilers harvested at 9-11 weeks average 4.5 – 6 lbs dressed weight
- Approximately 6 lbs live weight.
- 68% – 70% dressed weight vs. live weight.
Almost every time this occurs it is because of a vitamin B2 deficiency. Solution: Buy a common vitamin B supplement at your local drugstore and dissolve it in your chick’s water supply. This should help within 24 – 48 hours.