The Buckeye Thread

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Happy Chooks, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. buffalogal

    buffalogal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Ancona. I started with single comb straight run chicks from Murray McMurray , and not too long ago, added rose comb birds from Fred Zillich which were the ones I mentioned blending into my flock. Because the rose comb variety is so rare, I have since purchased some started birds from Joseph Marquette at Yellow House Farm and when Sam Brush had some for sale they ended up here. They're marked with yellow and red legbands and after a short time in isolation were turned out to range with the yard flock. When I initially crossed my old birds with the ones from Fred I was amazed at how they seemed to be able to magically pull faults out of thin air when neither line seemed to have them. Narrow tails, wonky tail sets, dropped wings, "paint splatter" markings, some beak 'issues'. The reality of course is that both lines had those faults all along, but they weren't likely to see the light of day until they were paired with another bird that carried them. OTOH, I think I have maybe one trio of single comb (pet) birds left, so I guess I was successful at switching the comb type. [​IMG] All in all, they are a lovely breed just to have out in the yard.

    I do alot of linebreeding with all the breeds I have, so I also like to use old hens. (old roosters too if they're up to it.) [​IMG] I prefer to have birds that will lay well and be thrifty for many years rather than a flash in the pan that will burn out before it's two.
     
  2. buffalogal

    buffalogal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is nice! [​IMG]Do you have a picture of his Momma?
     
  3. buffalogal

    buffalogal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here you go: I call him "Baby Big Ben". His sire was a Buckeye and his mother was a Dominique.
    [​IMG]
     
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  4. HappyBuckeye

    HappyBuckeye Out Of The Brooder

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    I hope you don't mind me asking about these pictures since they came up again. Should Buckeyes have that bend in their necks and fluffy thighs? Also, I thought the standard says 40 degrees for a male's tail, isn't that considered type? (I know you mentioned before that your primary focus is on type.)
    Since we know there is no perfect bird, maybe you could help list the positive/negative traits on this one that you selected for and how they improved the one below. Also, do you have a picture of the hen from this mating and the females produced?
     
  5. knittychickadee

    knittychickadee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HappyBuckeye, how about you put up some photos of your birds. We haven't seen yours yet.

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  6. HappyBuckeye

    HappyBuckeye Out Of The Brooder

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    Sure KnittyChickadee, I would be happy to. In the morning, I will try to get the best shots of my Buckeyes, but I ask that you do the same. See I'm here to learn from all you experienced breeders. As I said before, selecting for show quality stock is not something I've ever done before, so I've been studying the SoP and have been asking lots of questions.

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  7. Marengoite

    Marengoite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting that the F1 of a Buckeye x Dom cross has so much red in the feathers. Here are the cockerels from my Buckeye x Barred rock cross.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. cgmccary

    cgmccary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nevermind
     
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  10. cgmccary

    cgmccary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nevermind
     
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