I have never hated an animal in my life as much as I hate these chickens. They stink to the high heavens, they poop EVERYWHERE, they eat ALL THE TIME, they are the ugliest birds ever, I do not think they actually groom themselves and at one point I thought they all had tumors growing out of their breasts. Turns out they grow that way. We have gone through three bags of feed in the past six weeks. They forage but they prefer the feed over foraging. I only supplement feed with the egg layers, but these guys think they are going to starve to death and will follow you around until you feed them. They are vile and disgusting and I actually cannot wait to send them to the farm. I will never get Freedom Rangers again. I think next time around we will go with an actual heritage breed. They may take a little longer to grow but that is okay. Having raised other dual-purpose breeds I know what to expect.
|Our egg layers|
So I will continue our quest for a meat bird that is slow growing, docile and doesn't eat like a pig! I will let you know what breed we try next!!