We packed and iced our Coleman cooler with 7 Cornish and 7 Ranger broilers which weighed up to about 80 pounds and put it in our trunk. We drove 2, 500 miles from Maryland to Utah by way of Mount Rushmore to serve them up in a taste test at our Johnson family reunion for about 50 people. My brother- in-law cooked them up in Dutch ovens. They were WONDERFUL! The verdict – No one could tell them apart.
It may be that the slow cooking for 2 ½ hours with herbs and spices diluted the differences. It may be that my feeding program did not accentuate their particular characteristics. For example, both were raised in pasture coops. Perhaps the Freedom Rangers would have developed differently in a free range pasture netting system which I had planned but never employed.
Well this year is history and I have 70 chickens left in the freezer which will get us through until next spring. Which will I grow next year? I don’t know. I will have to ruminate on it. I like characteristics of both. The Freedom Rangers are more healthy and active but the Cornish Cross are cheaper to produce. Maybe I will try it again next year under a free range system rather than my pasture coops. See my last article for the economic analysis of the two breeds.