Does anyone have Buckeyes?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by meriruka, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. meriruka

    meriruka Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    I thinking about getting some Buckeyes and I'd like to hear everyone's opinion of the breed........
  2. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    they come in one color which is a dark red. they are supposed to have pea combs. They get about 6.5 lbs and arent very good layers. their eggs are brown and medium in size. they are dual-purpose. buckeyes are okay brooders, slow to mature, and really hardy. i got this info from a chart, by the way!
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I know a fella with buckeyes. He has 2 broodies right now.

    I think MarlinChaser has them as well.
  4. scgamecock

    scgamecock Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    Conway SC
    I have one from Ideal and she was slow to mature, in fact I thought she never would get up to size.However she is one of the sweetest hens I have now and she has really grown.She lays very good but her eggs have never been more than medium in size.
  5. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    Quote:DONT trust the chart it LIES, My leghorns are first in line for treats, and will set in lap or on shoulder if you let them(DEFINATELY NOT FLIGHTY)

    I do have buckeyes, they lay med-large eggs, I get an egg a day most days, not as efficient as leghorn, but what is. Mine are extremely friendly. There are only a few on here that have them, in fact most do not even know what they are. They are considered a rare, and heritage breed.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2008
  6. meriruka

    meriruka Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    Thanks everyone. I am considering them instead of RIR's because they are endangered but sometimes people don't raise certain breeds because, well, they're just not all that great. Decisions, decisions...

    From the site Marlinchaser listed above:
    "The males emit a full range of sounds beyond those typical of many other chicken breeds, including a dinosaur-like roar!" My neighbors will love that!
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2008
  7. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    mdbucks has buckeyes. Now if I can only get him to hatch a few...
  8. meriruka

    meriruka Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    Quote:Or at least make free with some fertile eggs......
  9. cybercat

    cybercat Songster

    May 22, 2007
    Greeneville, Tn
    If you are wanting a layer then buckeyes are not it. They were made for meat first and laying second. Cock size is suppose to be 9lbs but most are not this big. There are breeders working on the breed but the hatchery birds are small from what I have read.
  10. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    Actually they were breed to be a dual purpose, and to withstand cold. Mine lay as well as a my RIR's, They are heavier than a red, I didnt read this I have EXPERIENCED it. From what I read the earth is spose to be flat, but I have not found that to be true, maybe I read an old book?? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2008

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