Originally Posted by eagrbeavr
I just saw your reply. Thanks. Mine must be Cornish cross then. That describes them perfectly
Last year I got 7 Buckeye chicks from a breeder here in Eastern Canada. They were absolutely not wheaton type (eWh) chicks, but totally wild type (e+) chipmunk chicks, with partridgey heads on a few. I really like the oldest male--he is beautiful, dark, large, and not nasty. To me, they are similar to my old Araucanas is size, shape, demeanor-- somewhat "Cornish" in type. The Araucanas are the oldest living birds I have, with 4-5 close to 10 years old, my oldest hen has quite long spurs, but still lays and goes broody.
I'd love if the Buckeyes did so well!
5 of 7 were female. (Because I bought them totally to use as a meat bird, lol!) Of them--I lost one to a fox while broody on her first clutch. One male I called a "dummy" for lack of a better word--really, really stupid, very slow feathering, and culled him. One pullet who lays huge eggs--is completely Cornish in type, with lacing, and also "Dumb". As in--can't find her way back to the barn--but she's meaty. I keep her in my laying flock, as she lays well.
Another one lacking the lacing--but the same Cornish like face, died this winter. So of the original 6, I had 4 left, would not breed the laced hen because she's not right. I did get another young pullet and cockerel--with the hopes of using these as dual purpose, the hens do lay well, but a second hen has gone broody twice since coming into lay in the fall.
The oldest male I think is wonderful. Would he show well? Not sure, but I like everything about him, and he's a good weight. He's worth keeping at least for my laying hens.
Now--it's early spring in Nova Scotia--so it's been cold, wet, snowy and the birds have been confined in the barn most of the winter--this fellow comes out looking like he's been dipped in polish, he's so shiny. These pictures are actually a little deceiving.
I'd love if he had a nice tight comb and wattles, but he doesn't. Can I work with him as the sole male? No idea--I hope to add to this group if it's worthwhile, and I think I can work with them. The second male is younger, I did not see his down colour at hatch, and to me he's too light. He is not pictured here, this is all the same guy. I'm concerned about the chick's down colour though, because that was wrong from the get-go.
Edited by cvamoca - 4/17/16 at 10:27am