Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Feb 15, 2011
The buckeye is a dual purpose breed created by Nettie Metcalf in the late 1800s.. They are a rare heritage breed listed on the critical list with the American Livestock Breeds Conserancy. This is a fast maturing breed. Males can be ready to process by 14-16 weeks. They are a excellent table fowl. Roosters weigh about 9 pounds fully mature. The hens are decent layers of medium size pinkish brown eggs. They lay on average 180 eggs per year.. Hens weigh 6-7 pounds full grown.
Another attribute of this wonderful breed is their temperament. Buckeyes are very friendly birds. The hens will follow you everywhere. The roosters range from respectful to assertive. However, there can be some aggressive individuals. For this reason, I do not recommend the roosters of this breed to beginners or families with young children.
Buckeyes are very hadry and healthy. The hens can get broody and make good mothers. They are also a active forager and take to free range situations very well. They can stand some confinement as well.
All in all, this is a wonderful breed that deserves to be on more farms and backyards.