Is a Buckeye Roo a Good Choice?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by EricaD, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. EricaD

    EricaD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2012
    Sadly, we lost our Salmon Fav roo just before Thanksgiving. They were free ranging and all 17 hens were fine, but we only found 3 piles of roo feathers in the yard, so something got him, though we don't know what. It was during the daytime.

    So we've now stopped free ranging (also lost a white leghorn about a month back, she just vanished without a trace) and have built a solid 6' wire run, encircled by electrified poultry netting, and this weekend we'll be covering the top of the run with bird netting just in case any of the hens are able to fly over a 6' fence, or if any local hawks or eagles decide to be cheeky.

    I'm looking for a new roo and found a local woman with a breeder quality young Buckeye rooster who needs a home. My hens are all different breeds: Barred Rocks, White Leghorn, Light Brahmas, Welsummers, Wheaten Ameraucanas, Easter Egger, Salmon Faverolles and BLR and SL Wyandottes.

    I've always been intrigued by Buckeyes and like that they'd offer some great traits as I breed in the future - hardiness, foraging ability, alertness and size.

    But I'm laughing at myself because, after looking at pics of Buckeye roosters online, I feel like they're not very...pretty. I was kind of hoping to get a beautiful showy roo.

    But he's pretty cute, the price is right (nearly free) and he needs a home.

    Should I go for it?
  2. Chickengirl47

    Chickengirl47 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2012
    Silkies are very good show quality

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Well, it is your choice, I like the breed Buckeye. And they are some what rare too. I didn't see any at a show I went to. I think it would be cool to have a buckeye.
    Good Luck, partner!
  4. EricaD

    EricaD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2012
    Thanks! This woman had ordered hatching eggs from a breeder and only two hatched, one of which was a rooster that she can't keep. She gave me the site link, so I'm pretty confident that he'll be a good quality Buckeye.

    I think I'm going for it. I'll post pics when I get him. Thanks!
  5. Spangled

    Spangled Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2012
    Serenity Valley

    Yes! (Maybe you already have him?)

    A local Buckeye rooster is available? He's about (or over) 6 months old (so he doesn't get henpecked)? (though maybe that wouldn't be an issue)

    I love my Buckeye rooster. Calm. Smart. Treats everybody really well, me included. He's shiny. I think he's great and I love that his comb is fairly frostbite resistant.

    But, really, finding a replacement rooster so easily (or what sounds like easily) is super handy.

    Sorry about your Faverolle.

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