We are excited about our newest meat birds! We generally do not raise commercial breeds of animals here at Cota Farms with the exception of meat chickens. Some type of Cornish cross chicken is what most factory farm and small farms use for chicken meat. If you what to grow a big meaty chicken in a short time, then these are the birds for you. Of course, there are problems with these kind of chickens, problems for anyone who is concerned with the bird itself and not just how much money or meat can be produced.
Animal Welfare Approved, also does not like the use of these birds and in keeping with their practice of not just saying no, but try this instead, has educated me on the existence of a better choice of bird.
Freedom Ranger broilers are a slower growing breed; they are naturally better suited to the higher welfare and all true natural rearing systems, full pasturing, free range, organic. The genetic stock is derived from the American and European old heritage breed of chicken and was developed in the early 1960’s to meet the highest standards of the French Label Rouge Free Range program. Better yet, these birds were developed for their flavor and not just a big hunk of meat. If all goes well, we will have them for sale this summer.