Well, the ranger chickens are a little more than 8 weeks old. I can’t weigh one, but as large as they are I am guessing an average weight of about 5 pounds. As for personality, they are sweet and mostly gentle chickens. I have been watching the roosters carefully as they have been giving me challenging looks for over a week now.
Up until yesterday it has been easy to get them to go into their coop when I want them to. We like to clean up and settle in at night long before the chickens traditionally saunter into the coop to be locked in (security is tight around here as we lost a lot of chickens last year to midnight varmits).
I had to wait until they were good and ready last night before I could shut them in! Also, the roosters have been crowing for over a week now and spend a lot of time bothering the hens if you know what I mean.
I was planning on keeping some of these great birds and hatching their eggs, but come to find out they are hybrids and do not hatch at all like their parents. As the fellow at the hatchery put it “try it as a hobby if you want, but don’t expect much”.
As expensive as chicken food is I think my hobby will be limited to more of a sure thing, thanks much.
Anyway, we are awaiting arrival of our commercial, drum style chicken plucker and will then send this batch of chickens on to their intended uses.