Buckeyes or Chanteclers?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Ahab, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. Ahab

    Ahab Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2010
    Like many, I'm looking for the perfect small-farm bird for our climate (Maine) and our situation. Our first priority is self-sufficiency--i.e., broodiness, foraging ability, general- and winter-hardiness; second is meat production (enough to feed a pair of scrawny old people who remember how chicken actually tastes); third, and by far least important, is egg-laying ability: we don't eat that many eggs (a dozen or so a week), though we're picky about quality.

    Years ago we raised various New Hampshires, Barred Rocks, and broiler-factory straight runs (along with ducks), but my research tends me toward Buckeyes or Chanteclers (buff or partridge; the whites are a bit of an eyesore and predator magnet for our property), and I'm wondering if anyone having direct experience with both can comment on their relative merits. Again, meat and broodiness/self-perpetuation are key.

  2. ijon1

    ijon1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2009
    gaines, michigan
    I had a bad time with Chanteclers. Rooster was meaner than dirt. He was fine till put in with hens. He since has become a meal.
  3. Luckytaz

    Luckytaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2010
    Rogers, Mn.
    Either would fit your needs, if you get good stock. If you buy from a hatchery who knows what you get. It may be easier to locate Buckeyes than Chantecler.
    Myself I'm looking for Chanteclers, but I want white.
  4. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

    Mar 4, 2009
    waterville , canada
    Quote:A LOT of hatchery chant'y roos are this way...

    You know what i am going to say, Good Quality White or Partiargde ( can't spell it sorry) Chantie's
  5. Ahab

    Ahab Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2010
    Thanks. I'm inclined toward Breeder birds, versus hatchery. As I intend these to be self-sustaining, to an extent, it's important to start with good stock, and hatchery stock I found, back in my poultry-raising years, quite variable. From what I've read on BYC, things haven't changed in 35 years.
  6. HaikuHeritageFarm

    HaikuHeritageFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2010
    Anchorage, AK
    Ahab, I think you may be more pleased with the Buckeye stock available out there. Seems like nobody has anything much bad to say about those birds, these days. Ideally the Chantecler should be the perfect dual-purpose, cold climate farm bird, but I don't know how readily available good stock is.

    JimsFarmStand raises both Buff Chanteclers and Buckeyes. He may be the best person to pose this question to.

    I have a Buff Chantecler cockerel from Sandhill and like him a lot, but he is filling out much slower than ALBC strains of Buckeyes. I don't know if breeder stock of Chanteclers might be better.
  7. vmdanielsen

    vmdanielsen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
    West Lebanon, NY
    `just bought 5 buckeyes from a breeder. 2 albc pullets, 1albc cockerel, 1 ohio strain pullet and 1 ohio strain cockerel. I plan on breeding them in the spring.
  8. laura625

    laura625 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2012
    Would buclkeyex chantecler
    Be red sexlinks?
  9. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Sullivan, IL
    It would depend on the chantecler. Buckeye roosters can be used to make red sexlinks, but you would need a silver based hen to do it. Buff or partridge chanteclers are not silver based and hens could not be used to create red sexlinks. I don't know if white chanteclers are silver based or not, but white birds are usually a poor choice for sex links because white can hide other colors so it is usually difficult or even impossible to tell if they are silver based.
  10. laura625

    laura625 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2012
    Thanks, I thought white birds were often used for sexlinks.
    Oh well enough hijacking. Back to square one for me, back to topic for the thread

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