The new Heirloom Ranger is our line of superb dual-purposed, heritage chickens. Through selective breeding we have been able to achieve a remarkable pasture bird that can produce both eggs and meat. The females are a rusty red color and lay lots of large brown eggs, and males are silver Columbian colored and make great tasting pasture broilers that are easy to pluck, thanks to their predominantly white feathers.
Heirloom rangers can reproduce naturally and have their own chicks. Many people believe that Cornish Rocks and other hybrids cannot reproduce, but if fed properly- they actually can, but will have less consistency in their progeny (offspring).
Heirloom Ranger genetics:
Red Male line (A) x Silver Female line (B) = (AB) F1 Heirloom Ranger
F1 Heirloom Ranger male x F1 Heirloom Ranger female = (50% AB, 25% A, 25% B) Assorted colors of Red, Yellow, Silver Rangers. Click ”Genetics’’ photo in gallery below to learn more.
We will have updated information on this soon… they are faster than most heritage breeds, but slower than the Cornish Rock. We would consider them in the “slow-growth broiler” category alongside Bresse, Jersey Giants, and most Rangers.
Heirloom rangers, like most large breeds are very calm and docile.
the Heirloom Ranger hens will perform similarly to the males- many people will use them for eggs, but can use them for butchering.
The perfect feeding system for the Heirloom Ranger would be having the pullets on a lower/conventional protein diet (for egg production once mature), and having the males on a high protein, meat-bird diet to be butchered earlier. Both males and females do well on pasture or pasture confinement (chicken tractors).
Yes, many conventional meat birds can’t be raised in high altitude areas due to a lack of oxygen, but any slow-growth meat bird (like our Heirloom Rangers) do well in mountainous environments.
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