cvamoca that's great! Glad you got some girls and some new boys for your flock. I'm very pleased with the look of the 2 buckeye pullets, even though one has a single comb- I'll probably get more hatching eggs from NB next spring and try again. No eggs yet, but I'm not expecting any now, since I don't add artificial light. I still check the nesting boxes though, just in case. I noticed the Buckeye eggs were very long, from both lines I have. Hopefully that's easier on the hens! Particularly, because, now I'm going to expect 75 gram eggs from them ;-)
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I'm really pleased with how my male turned out, he may not be show perfect but I think they are workable.
I don't have any with single combs thnkfully, but I do have 2 pullets with almost nothing for combs, really close to their heads. So they might offset his high, not so perfect peacomb.
I was really surprised how much I like this breed- they are like the "sleepers" in my flock- didn't really think I'd like them nearly as much as I do as adults. This is one of 4 breeds I'm determined to work with for the greater good.
Thought I'd post a picture of my best Buckeye cockerel, he's around 18 weeks old in this picture. It's the same one as I posted on p.363. I only have a choice of 3, so my selection was extremely limited but I like this guy, he's very friendly and personable. I hope his eyes darken a bit, but he does have nice even colouring.
CB, Not bad. Let's hope that they eyes darken, yes. Color is coming along. I would like to see a tighter feather on him, but for a starting point, I think he matured much better than I thought he might from the earliest pictures.
It was those feet on that one that was just out of this world. I have never gotten anything like that in any breed, so I find that a bit scary. I hope it doesn't pop up in anything else you have held back to use. Maybe it was just that one bird, and let's cross our fingers it was. The comb, you could work with though. I see it this way, if I got a nice birds under that comb otherwise, and it is still a pea comb, I can work with it. I have kept single combs that have too many spikes or too little or a goofy looking one, but as long as you have better ones to breed with, you can clean it up. Then too, it is a numbers game.
We got the cold and rain that most of the Central US got this last week. I went out one day and had 3 of my Buckeye pullets with some respiratory gunk started. They are in a open sided coop on pasture right now, so they are not being babied from the weather just yet. I gave each a dose of Tylan50 for a couple of days and they bounced right back. It was a bit interesting that it was just pullets and all the hens were just fine, even with half of them still molting. I see some of my birds get like that this time of year though, it is worse than the wet, sloppy thawing of Winter to Spring. We have these birds that were hatched early in the year, that didn't go out in the cold weather yet to get used to it, and when fall hits and you get that first cold, wet and damp stuff hanging around a few days, it is perfect for them to get set back a little. I might have been able to kick it out of them with something just added to water, but 2 things: I don't medicate birds that don't warrant it, and secondly, if I have birds with a respiratory problem (especially this time of year), I am not waiting to see what happens, I am going to kick it in the pants quick and get rid of it before it spreads.
Just my soap box item of the day ;)
You all have a wonderful day, it is beautiful here today and going to get close to 70. I am heading out to get more prep done and cleaning before it gets back to more seasonal weather.
MCM all my chickens elected to hang out in the all day rain that we had too (Patricia remnants?) fortunately nobody seems worse for the wear. The Buckeyes got wet, but the rain ran off the backs of the dark cornish like they were ducks.
I culled the rooster with the bad feet. As he was getting older and heavier I could tell his feet were bothering him (he'd stand on one leg, pulling the other up and down like it was sore), and he was reluctant to walk much (no bumblefoot or anything I could see). Apparently polydactyly is a dominant trait. I didn't want to see this again so that's that hopefully.
I have 2 Buckeye cockerels I'm Ok with, one's a bit better than the other (I'll post some pics comparing the two and ask if you can have a peek at them and let me know which is best if that's OK). I won't have offspring of the multiple toed rooster or the large combed cockerel to contend with, which is just as well in the long run (although I'm sad, culling is difficult for me, but at least now I won't have to cull their offspring) and I have a few decent pullets I think I can work with as a start. Excess fluffyness, and eye colour will need work!