Other common names: Meadowsweet Ranger Chicken; Warren Chicken; Calder Ranger Chicken; Bovans Goldline Chicken
The Gingernut Ranger Chicken is a popular new crossbred chicken breed. It was
created by crossing the Light Sussex Chicken and the Rhode Island Red Chicken. It was bred to be a productive egg producer, and is today used commercially to produce an abundance of large brown eggs. They are available under a number of different names, based on the supplier / seller.
Varieties (Single Comb): Hens are reddish with white flecking. Roosters are white with red flecking.
Weight: 5.5 - 8 lbs
Personality: Gingernut Rangers are docile and make suitable family pets
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Excellent (5/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Jumbo
What else you should know:
Sex link chickens are very adaptable to non-cage operations and forage well. The hens start laying around five months of age, and can lay up to 320 eggs in their first year. After their first year of laying, hens slow down in production and are usually replaced by younger hens. Hybrid breeds are more likely to succumb to illness. It is often recommend to keep hybrid chicks on medicated starter, and vaccinate them for Mareks and Infectious Bronchitis.
good sized egg, fantastic pet chickens, friendly hen
My family keep around 10 hens. They lay an egg a day, each (sometimes more in Summer). They are very easy to care for and cheap to keep, once their housing area has been constructed.
Chickens can be tamed fairly easily. In Summer, when we let ours roam around the garden, they tend to stay near to wherever we're sitting. In the evening they always go into their housing just before it gets dark.
Cleaning out the chicken hutch is a dirty, smelly job, and can take quite a long time. It's no fun for anyone, and has to be done regularly to keep the chickens healthy and happy. This is definitely something to remember before making the decision to keep chickens..
From Dankey Aug 1 2014 3:00PM
Our Gingernut Rangers are a cross between a Light Sussex hen and a Rhode Island Red rooster. They are fantastic pet chickens. They are naturally curious and quite docile. Our girls aged 7 and 9 have been able to pick them up a lot and now they are very friendly and always huddle about us when we are out with them. They don't really like to fly much, I've never seen one jump higher than more than 3ft. They lay really well, most days we get a good sized egg from each of them. I would definitely recommend these chickens to families who want a good productive and friendly hen in their back garden..
From urbanchickenuk Apr 17 2012 6:36AM
Chicken bad experience
When we lived at country, we decided it was time for us to buy chickens, so that we could have our own eggs and, as we then hoped, we could even provide our family with eggs from our own chickens. We ordered 15 chickens from a so-called professional breeder, who ensured us that the chickens were young and they produced large quantities of eggs. According to the breeder, we would expect between 10 and 12 eggs per day from our 15 chickens. As soon as they arrived, we were quite enthusiastic at the thought of having our own eggs and in the first couple of days, they really made the expected number of eggs, so that even neighbors got to envy us for the large quantities of eggs that those chickens delivered to us. But the happiness soon faded away, as the chickens stopped making eggs and even when they did eggs, they would eat them as soon as they made them. We basically had two options: either to fee them without any results, or to guard them so that we could capture the moment they made an egg and we would immediately grab it from them. We gave them a time to see what happens, but there was no way to determine them not to eat their eggs anymore, so we decided to kill them for food. That was when we were ensured that the chickens were not at all young, as their meat was dry and inedible...and almost inexistent! So this made a completely bad experience with chickens, which I generally don't like, because I am allergic to feathers..
From evaanca Aug 21 2014 8:20PM