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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by buckeye chickens, May 27, 2008.
Also, how old are they when you butchered them?
there's a yahoo group under the name buckeye chickens. there's a pic in the group pic of a buckeye dressed
I bought some Buckeye chicks from Ideas last spring and I was...dissapointed. I thought that I would stat with less expensive stock the first time around (I was raising them for meat birds). That was a mistake. I had heard that Ideal sometimes crosses their birds with similar egg type birds to up the number of chicks they hatch without keeping more hens. My birds turned out flighty, and instead of meaty they were long and lean. I still have some at 18 wks, and they are still not big enough for a proper roaster. Next year I am buying from a breeder, not a hatchery.
I'm getting nervous. I'm hoping to order from Meyer on Monday, because you can't order online... hoping to love them, even though it's from a hatchery.
These birds are from Meyer, they look close to standard to me, but well see.
mine came from strombergschickens. one has a straight comb so i'm not too pleased with their "stock"...of course they do outsource and I bought late in the season after the "premium" breeders were done. they are just starting to get a little friendlier and losing some of the fright-flight response. just noticed that teal oil slick coming in on one today. never thought about these guys as meaties, but we'll see.
I heard they were good mousers....
I could sure use a good, dual-purpose bird that catches mice! I have plenty in my coop. The cats can't get them all, even though they spend a lot of time down there trying!
I have had my Buckeyes for 18 months, now. When they were about 13 months or so, I butchered off the roos that were not stocky and dark mahogany colored. I was very pleased with the carcasses I got back from my processor. These birds let go of their feathers wonderfully, white skinned, and tasted WONDERFUL!
I really like these birds, and will have a small breeding flock for sale in the fall as I am just slightly downsizing my Buckeye flock, and getting ready to do some tweaking in the breeding of my main flock. These have always been my favorites. I'm not big on the RIR ir NHR's.
I only had one that had a single comb, but you will get some of those throw-backs regardless of who you buy from, especially if you hatch them out yourself. That is just how genetic work.... sometimes, you'll get Dominiques out of the Barred rocks, since that breed was used to develope the BR's.
As for the "dinosaur-like roar", I have other roos that sound like that, too.... and all chickens will pursue a mouse.
hmm, never thought about the genetics and the single comb recessive. thanks. now i feel better about my "fake buck"