Hi there. I just found your site via Instagram and have enjoyed poking around. My husband and I are also small scale homesteaders and tried meat chickens for the first time this year. In the Spring we did a batch of 15 Cornish rocks to try out, and after being disappointed with the meat, ordered 15 red rangers for our next round. Problem is- we've had about 10 of them just randomly die. We ordered along with other layers, and have had them all in together. It's only been that breed that has died. Usually with no warning. Can you shed any light on this? Do you have any experience or insight? We are looking forward to trying the few that we have left in our pasture, but so far we're a bit perplexed about why they've just dropped dead!
Hi Sarah thanks for following along! And that is very perplexing you've had them die like that. I haven't had any kind of experience like that with the Rangers. I have always found them to be incredibly hardy and healthy, unlike the Cornish. Where did you get them from? The only thing I can think of is that they didn't come from healthy stock, was it a reputable hatchery? Did you reach out to them? I'm sorry I can't be of more help, the only thing I can possibly think of is that A. they got into something which doesn't seem likely considering that the layers are doing fine or B. they came from bad stock from the breeder/hatchery.