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I couldn't resist posting this picture of our one-eyed Buckeye rooster.  Because he only has one eye, he can't get up onto the higher roosts, and is relegated to the lowest one with the babies.  They quickly decided he makes a fine blanket on a cold winter evening.  He doesn't seem to mind playing brood hen, and raises his wings to allow them under.  It's hard to tell in the photo, but he actually has seven chicks on, around, and under him.
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yup some roosters are good like that, and then some are flat out bullys.  ive always wanted to try buckeyes.  i like peacomb fowl.

this should be in CRITTER CARE.  you might get more replys.
 
                    
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Pierce,

He is our first Buckeye, and so far we really like him.  He is a sweetie, and he makes the funniest sounds (including one that sounds just like a horse winnying). 

Our girls are Golden Sex Links, which we absolutely swear by for laying in cold weather.  We've tried many other breeds over the years, and nothing can beat our sexlinks.  But my husband had read about Buckeyes and really wanted to try some for their foraging ability, but mostly for their personalities.  We lucked into a half-blind roo, and just hatched our first batch of sexlink/buckeye chicks a couple weeks ago.

Yeah, we have to stick with pea or rose combs because otherwise they will be frostbitten.

Next time I will put something like this in Critter Care.  I wasn't sure if posting a "cute bird" photo was too annoying. 
 
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IdahoFolk wrote:
Pierce,

He is our first Buckeye, and so far we really like him.  He is a sweetie, and he makes the funniest sounds (including one that sounds just like a horse winnying). 

Our girls are Golden Sex Links, which we absolutely swear by for laying in cold weather.  We've tried many other breeds over the years, and nothing can beat our sexlinks.  But my husband had read about Buckeyes and really wanted to try some for their foraging ability, but mostly for their personalities.  We lucked into a half-blind roo, and just hatched our first batch of sexlink/buckeye chicks a couple weeks ago.

Yeah, we have to stick with pea or rose combs because otherwise they will be frostbitten.

Next time I will put something like this in Critter Care.  I wasn't sure if posting a "cute bird" photo was too annoying. 



well mrs idaho,  you and i are in complete agreement. i too swear by the golden sexlink.  ive got golden comets and ISA browns.  i believe my preference is the comets.  better shell strength,  and more size/shape consistancy.  i also believe the comet has a better "laying longevity" over the ISA.  but im pleased with both.  im experimenting with breeding back to the sexlinks.  trying to find something that will work as well as the hatchery purchased fowl.  but i havent been successful,ive so far used, RIR and a sexlink rooster back over the sexlink hens.  right now i have a 1/2 rir X 1/2 sexlink roo. over sexlink hens.  i havent hatched any of this cross yet.......... and have bought pullet chicks to replace my layer flock.  i have 20 more coming in a couple of wks.  anyhow,,,

ive never seen a buckeye, just pics.  and im impressed with what ive seen.  im most interested in how your experimenting comes out. plz keep me informed.
 
                    
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"plz keep me informed."  Will do.  If you want me to mail you some Buckeye/Golden Sex Link hatching eggs (once your incubator is freed up), just let me know. 
 
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thanks for the offer.  perhaps next yr. if the offer still stands i will take you up on it.  im going to be at max capacity here now.  im also hatching off quite a few welsummers.  they are popular round here.  i had 9 come off from a hen setting couple days ago. i ran them on craigs list 15 mins after listing fella called and wanted them.  he got them this afternoon. perhaps if your interested in welsummers. we can swap out eggs next yr. they lay very good, but the egg is smaller, i was interested in experimenting with them under a sexlink rooster.
 
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