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Monday, May 19, 2014

Freedom Ranger Chicks

     I received some new chicks in the mail this week from the Freedom Ranger Hatchery.  They were shipped out on a Wednesday (the day they were born) and arrived on Friday.   I opened up the box to see this:
Freedom Ranger hatchery, raising Freedom ranger chickens, black broilers

Freedom Ranger hatchery, raising Freedom ranger chickens, black broilers
    They had sent us 16 of the regular red Freedom Rangers and 15 of the Freedom Ranger Black Broilers
I have had these for a few days now and they all appear super healthy.   They all began eating and drinking just fine right after arrival and have had no issues with pasty butt, splayed legs, or scissor beaks.   
    The color variations of these chicks are absolutely breathtaking. 
Freedom Ranger hatchery, raising Freedom ranger chickens, black broilers
This one is all black except for the yellow face.   I can't wait to see how it changes as it grows.

Freedom Ranger hatchery, raising Freedom ranger chickens, black broilers
This one has the dark red coloring only on its face.   Very pretty.

Freedom Ranger hatchery, raising Freedom ranger chickens, black broilers
This one is gorgeous!
   Aren't they gorgeous?!   Another thing I have noticed is the feel of their feathers.  They do not feel like feathers.   They feel soft like they have rabbit fur or something.   Never felt a chick that felt like these.   It is hard for us not to pet them all day.  We won't do this mainly because we will be eating these in the future and cannot get too attached.
    If you are not familiar with Freedom Rangers, they are broiler birds that get to 5-6 pounds in just under 9-11 weeks. The black broilers grow just a bit slower and get to their weight in about 11-13 weeks.  Still remarkably fast!  Their meat is very succulent. 
     Freedom Range Hatchery is in Pennsylvania and is family owned by a wonderful Christian family.  (I love that about them.) If you are in the market for some new chicks, I encourage you to look into the Freedom Range Hatchery and give them a chance!

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  1. The chicks are so adorable. These will provide your family some excellent meat in the near future.

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