Other common names: CobbSasso; Sasso Red Chicken
The Sasso Chicken is a broiler chicken breed which was developed by Sasso - a French poultry breeder company. The Sasso Chicken was developed for flavor and for efficient conversion of feed.
Varieties (Singlecomb): Birds are speckled with white, brown, black and red
Weight: 6 - 8 lbs
Personality: Easy to handle
Preferred climate: Moderate
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Large
Meat Birds - Sasso, similar to Freedom Rangers
Sassos are a french meat hybrid bird, they are a mix of 4 different breeds in much the same way as a Cornish Cross meat bird. They are slower growing with less leg and organ problems than the Cornish have. Similar to freedom rangers, they forage well and behave more like a normal chicken.
Ours are raised outside in movable chicken tractors, they are moved once a day or so. Fed twice a day. Feed to meat conversion is about 3 to 1, sometimes closer to 4 to 1 depending on how they forage. They are much slower growing, taking about 14 weeks instead of the 7 or 8 for Cornish. The meat is exercised so it can be a little tougher than usual meat birds, but I find it much more flavourful. They can be a little aggressive, pecking or flying at me if I have to enter the pen, but back off if you stand up to them. We started with 75 birds, lost two chicks at a few days old, one adult bird to an accident, and two adult birds to broken legs (accidents while moving the tractor). They are not smart birds, and much like Cornish Cross, they are all about the food.
We will be switching to the Cornish cross/meat kings next year as I found it too expensive to raise these for sale and although market customers like the appeal of a pasture raised bird, we can raise meat kings on pasture in half the time and raise twice as many birds in a year..
From hwillm1977 Aug 1 2014 7:41AM