A New Begining My introduction to Buckeyes was a few years ago when looking for the right breed. Even that was an evolution, triggered by Robert Blos'ls many posts, from hatchery to heritage. THe old BUckeye thread triggered great respect for this red bird that was a dual purpose breed especially for the homestead, known for its meatiness and a good layer. Of course the personality is a winner too: confident, friendly, but also self sufficient as a forager. Seemed like a perfect fit for a family on a small farm with children and other farm animals. One of the old thread members PM'd me and we struck up a friendship of sorts. He was able to tell me Mr Rhodes lived just a few miles from me and provide contact information. I called, we talked. In the end I didnot feel I was ready for the responsiblity of breeding a high quality heritage breed. The next contact was to Don Schrieder. ANd while it has been some time since emailing him, our inital emails were very enlightening, and I clearly had lots to learn yet. In the interum 3 years I have read the Heritage thread regularly, tried to read the Buckeye thread, been to a few poultry shows, and even met Walt LEonard. I've learned to hatch, raise and butcher my birds. ANd my family enjoys the chickens, too. Fast forward, to Dec 2013, I realize that time is passing and MR Rhodes maybe passing too, all too soon. THe lost of RObert BLosl still hammers this home. Better to getsome good buckeyes now while I can. WHat is better than driving a few miles to get some birds or eggs from an old line. A line used to help make the ALBC line.A line that DOn Schrieder built and the line spread to other hands. Which led me to CHris McCarthy. I have listened to Chris thru his posts and know that he has bred true to DOn Shrieders methods, and I finally took the plunge to order a batch of 25 chicks from CHris. I am excited and scared all at once. It is like waiting for Christmas to arrive but with no certain date. The journey has started with buckeyes. -------------------------------------------------------------- I am not the best communicator ,a nd emails have a way of soundling less polite, and less empathetic than intended. So I will do my best to emulate the buckeye: friendly, confident, and kind, though I may fall short of this at times. A thread dedicated to the buckeyes, where everyone is welcome, leaving club affliations at the door, and focus on the further development of the buckeyes. Here is a poll if you are intersted in participating!