Reviews / Comments
"I just settled in the 62 freedom rangers that came today. They arrived alert and healthy looking. No losses. I just wanted to let you know how nice it is to receive healthy birds. We ordered the same amount of chicks last spring and they were great. They work out well with our pasturing system and they are also quite pretty to look at. We are excited to continue with your freedom rangers. Keep up the good work!"
May 20 2011, 13:17 PMby Anonymous
"My friends and I decided to raise some meat birds in our urban environments for the first time this fall and chose Freedom Rangers after some comments on a chicken board. We ordered 30 and received 32. We processed half at 10 weeks and the other half at 12.
These birds were fantastic in every way. None were lost and processed weights were between 4 and almost 8 pounds. The meat is fantastic, the birds were a joy to raise. We'll be ordering 50 more in February!"
Jan 05 2011, 12:29 PMby Nathan Strange
"The FR chickens I got were fast growing and very tender. I liked them better than the Cornish X."
Nov 13 2010, 15:26 PMby John kelsey
"Hi folks, I had to pass along some of the good calls I have been getting from my customers this year. Folks are calling me and telling me that its the best chicken ever. So I wanted to pass the news along. I raised them free range and veggie feed, took a little longe but worth the time. I will be back next year. Keep up the fine work. Bob Faller"
Oct 07 2010, 17:37 PMby Bob Faller
"Hi just wanted potential customers and JM Hatchery to know how pleased we were with the colored rangers. I have never had such a great bird show up at my house ever - when we received our day old chicks they were all alive and bright eyed and bushy tailed! We did not lose any during or after shipping and none of them had pastey butt (not stressed from shipping). We butchered at 13 weeks and all the birds dressed out from 4.11 - 7.10 lbs, most dressed out at around 6lbs and above. I also want to thank Joel for his patiences in answering all my questions. I am hoping to re-order in a couple weeks and doing it all over again before christmas - since we do are own butchering I need to be done before it gets to cold. From my house to yours---We thank you!"
Aug 27 2010, 18:58 PMby Michelle Smith
Freedom rangers live up to their name!
"I just wanted to say that these chickens live up to their name! The Freedom Rangers that I ordered from your hatchery are now 5 weeks old and bulking up nicely. We are raising them as a small flock of backyard meat chickens. From day one they have been active and curious, and once they went out on pasture they displayed all of the foraging activity that I had been hoping for. They roam around eating lots of grass and the occasional insect, watch the sky vigilantly for hawks, and scoot quickly to cover if they spot any danger. This is very important because I wanted them to be truly freerange, and now they can have their freedom during the day, and get locked up in the chicken tractor at night. They are appropriately wary of people, but since my boys handled them so much as chicks they are not alarmed when we come near, and consent to be held and herded around as needed. All around our experience has been very positive so far, and we can't wait to see how they taste!"
Aug 22 2010, 11:26 AMby CF
"We have a small organic fowl farm in Climax NY, Susie's Climax Creations. Your Freedom Rangers have surpassed our expectations even with the terrible heat spell we had thru July. We had to schedule to take them to the "salon" two weeks earlier then expected! They filled out wonderful. Thank you for your birds and great service. Susie"
Jul 25 2010, 14:42 PMby Susie
"Raised my second batch of 25 this year. No losses raising up to 9 weeks until transport. Feed conversion rate to market whole chickens on certified organic grain with free access to weedy forage was 3.55 and birds averaged 4.06 lbs market weight. They do forage - not as aggressively as hens, but quite a bit. Everyone who has had them love them - far superior taste. I unfortunately lost some birds in transport to processing due to the extreme heatwave this week - nothing I can blame JM for - just realize that they can still be quite susceptible to heat at these weights. If I had Cornish, I hate to think what my losses could have been."
Jul 10 2010, 16:03 PMby Snowy Pass Farm
"After raising the traditional white breeds of broiler birds and never being quite satisfied I researched what other producers were raising on pasture and found "Freedom Rangers" referenced a number of times. I decided to give them a try and gulped at the price. I went ahead and ordered 50, feeling a bit nervous. The birds arrived on Saturday and were very lively. Unlike my previous ventures all 51 thrived and I had no leg or health issues and they did nicely on pasture. They ate a lot! Right when I began to worry about them sizing up properly, I checked the purchase date and realized they were right on track. To summarize they were much more vigorous than the "white broilers", sized up at 8 weeks and dressed out around 4 - 4.5 lbs on average. The surprising and delightful result was an amazing taste that we were not anticipating. A friend who purchased a bird from me reported the flavor was amazing and asked what I did differently. I had to try one right a way and sure enough, even though I did nothing differently in raising them, from other years, they were far superior in flavor. While the cost is a bit steep, they are such a superior bird. I am very pleased and am ordering again!"
Jun 29 2010, 01:48 AMby Tammy March-Vispi
Great freedom ranger chicks
"Received the group of 50 rangers today in the mail and all are doing well. A vigrous and healthy bunch. Thanks!"
Jun 26 2010, 07:08 AMby Anonymous