buckeye chickens

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by buckeye chickens, May 27, 2008.

  1. buckeye chickens

    buckeye chickens In the Brooder

    May 27, 2008
    I am new to here but, have had chickens for years.
    I have been breeding buckeye chickens for about one year and love them! They and sweet and smart. Mine lay better than a Orpington. Why are these birds very rare?
  2. chickenshadow

    chickenshadow Songster

    Mar 28, 2008
    Darn good question. I just hatched a buch from CORancher, a member here. They are
    wonderful little chickens.

    With so many people having backyard chickens I think many breeds will make a comeback.
    We have 1 or 2 of 20 different breeds and we don't breed. We just like to support
    people who do.

    Let me know when you wanna sell me some eggs for hatching. [​IMG]
  3. moodusnewchick

    moodusnewchick Songster

    Feb 15, 2008
    I'm getting 10 on MOnday. I love the way they look and I'm looking forward to that "dinosaur like" roar!
  4. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008

    There are many great breeds that are rare. Many times they are just not well known, not like the Rhode Island Reds, Leghorns, or Barred Rocks. Many people are clueless as to how many different and great breeds there are. The other thing about the Buckeyes, is that they sell out really early in the year, so they are somewhat hard to get.

    So ignorance of their existance and hard obtainability lead to not many people having them.

    Many times a breed is considered rare because the breed counts do not count the little flocks(less than 50) that people keep in there backyard.

  5. antiquebuff

    antiquebuff Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Franklin, NC
    Could we please get a photo of the buckeye chicken? I would love to see what it looks like! Thanks,
  6. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008

    It was one of the first to come up when I googled it. This is not my bird, I don't take credit for it!

  7. Blessed Farm

    Blessed Farm In the Brooder

    May 27, 2008
    Western WA
    Any one here use these as a dual purpose bird? I've looked at them, but for some reason decided against trying them (can't remember why now). I gave favor to the Delawares, but so far, am not horribly impressed with the growth rate on the strain I tried. I'll try more lines, but now I am wondering if I should give the Buckeyes a try.

    I know heritage breeds take longer to grow out than say a Cornish cross, but I am looking for THE homestead chicken. So far, I like the growth rates on my Sussex, but am not sure how they are going to lay. Of course the Orps are nice, but there seems to be a HUGE difference between hatchery/production stock and 'show' stock. The show birds are looking more and more like a cochin, which really is more fluff than not, and I want something both solid and a decent layer.


    NYREDS Crowing

    Jan 14, 2008
    A lot of the old dual-purpose American breeds have become rare. The hybrids replaced them among the production people and the majority of hobbiest have gone in the direction of raising bantams.
    Buckeyes, Delawares, Javas, Lamonas, etc-all great breeds, all very rare & in some cases probably near extinction.
    I'm always glad to see someone interested in one of these heritage breeds. Before you ask I raise Dominiques.
  9. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    I am considering adding a few Buckeyes to my flock next year..... we shall see [​IMG] They are very nice looking birds [​IMG] Plus, aren't they the only recognized breed here in the US created by a woman? I think I read that somewhere [​IMG]
  10. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    That's what I have heard too. That they are the only breed created solely by a woman.

    They originally started out as a variation on the Rhode Island Red, just a different comb. They have made quite the name for themselves.

    As far as growth rate, I do not know personally. I know that many of the heritage breeds have slowly began to loose their "dual purposeness" as people kept them for their rareness and as exhibition birds. It is what happened with the Java, which is what I am working on. The Java use to be considered the ideal homestead bird, but many people who kept the Mottled Java as exhibition have lowered egg production and overall size of the bird.


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