It’s all in the name—our Freedom Ranger Chickens are the reason our hatchery has the name it does. These birds are the crème de la crème, the cream of the crop—or should we say, the “cream of the flock”—when it comes to high-quality broiler chickens.
There’s a reason our Freedom Ranger Chickens are one of our top-selling birds, and in today’s post, we wanted to shine a light on why that is. So keep reading to learn more about this month’s chicken breed spotlight—Freedom Ranger Chickens!
Primary Function: Meat Production
Eggs: Brown, Approx. 3-4 per Week
Avg. Weight: 5 to 6 lbs. in 9 to 11 Weeks
Freedom Ranger Chickens come in two colors: tri-colored or red feathered. They also have yellow shanks, skin, and beaks, making them reasonably recognizable among flocks.
These birds are also moderately fast growers and can reach 5 to 6 lbs. in just 9 to 11 weeks. We find that Freedom Ranger Chickens are a great alternative to fast-growing broiler chickens or slow-growing heritage breeds.
These birds will naturally thrive when they’re allowed to free-range, scratch, and take dust baths in natural sunlight. As a result, you’ll have tender, succulent meat that contains more yellow Omega-3 fat and less saturated fat than other fast-growing breeds.
Most Freedom Ranger Chickens have a very calm and friendly personality. Even as they age, we’ve found that these broiler chickens tend not to peck or show aggression towards each other too often. Especially towards people, they tend to be very friendly and curious.
As we mentioned already, these birds are great broiler chickens. Unlike a lot of fast-growing breeds, Freedom Ranger Chickens take a bit more time to reach maturity. But because of this, they grow into healthier birds that have a higher and more flavorful meat density. They’re often sold to high-end restaurants for their savory flavor and create a rich, yellow soup stock.
Freedom Ranger Chickens can also live (and thrive) past adolescence and can go on to become egg layers, even if that isn’t their primary function. They’ll lay brown eggs at an approximate rate of 3 to 4 per week once they’ve reached maturity, and have the capability to fit in with the rest of your flock just fine.
At our hatchery, it’s important to us that our birds meet the highest quality standards for free-range, organic chickens. We believe that the art of producing high-quality chickens comes from letting them do what comes most naturally to them, right here on our family farm in Lancaster County, Pa.
All of our incubators are on-site, and we don’t use third-party drop shippers. We pride ourselves on bringing the best quality meat right from our hatchery to your table. If you’re ready to learn more or place an order, send us a message, and we’ll be happy to answer any more questions you have about Freedom Ranger Chickens.