I have two 15 week old Buckeye. I was taken by their beautiful mahogany color. Order female but I think I have two roosters. What do you think. Hen or Roo?The Buckeye is a breed that originated in the state of Ohio. Created in the late 19th century, Buckeyes are the only American Poultry Association (APA) standard breed of chicken known to have been created by a woman, Mrs. Nettie Metcalf, and the only one in the American Class to have a pea comb. The breed's name most likely derived from Ohio's nickname of "Buckeye state", and their rich mahogany color is said to resemble that of the seeds of the Ohio Buckeye nut. They are a dual-purpose chicken that have a decent laying ability and strong meat production characteristics.
The Buckeye male weighs an average of 9 lb (4.1 kg), and the hen 6.5 lb (2.9 kg). Its primary color is a rich mahogany bay, with a bar of slate color on the feathers close to the body. The Buckeye shows some traits of game fowl in its frame and disposition, being assertive in character and a very good forager. They are known for their friendliness and are wonderful with children. Despite its game heritage, it tolerates confinement well, although it will be much happier and produce better if allowed to range on grass. A good meat producer and layer of between 150 to 200 eggs per year, the Buckeye is a dual purpose chicken well–suited to small farmyard and backyard flocks. The Buckeye breed has also been gaining popularity in the exhibition world and gained possibly it's first ever Grand Master Exhibitor (Joe Shumaker of Shumaker Farm) in 2014.
Breed purpose: Dual purpose
Climate Tolerance: Cold
Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Medium
Breed Size: Large Fowl as well as Bantam
Chick by Shumaker Farm
Hen by @goodb
Pullet by Shumaker Farm
Rooster by Shumaker Farm
Breed Review: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/buckeye
Breed Discussion Thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/803253/the-buckeye-thread/0_30
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· What made you decide to get this breed?
· Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
· What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
· Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
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I think you have one of each. But I'm not great at it. I will say I have a female and the picture looks like her but the top one has long sharp feathers like a roo.
Sadly, you are correct. They're both cockerels. The long slender feathers along the saddle are a dead giveaway.