Hi from South Dakota

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by stuckinsouthdakota, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. Hi, I am just in the planning stages "thinking" about getting some chickens in the future. I like heirloom varieties of plants and vegetables, so I am looking at that too in chickens-I am especially interested in learing about the "Buckeye" chickens-does anyone raise them or know anything about them?
     
  2. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A few peeps on here have "Buckeye" chickens. They are pretty rare.
     
  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

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  4. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buckeye Chicken

    Buckeye chicken The Buckeye is a dual-purpose breed of chicken with a deep, lustrous red color of plumage. They have yellow legs and skin, and, thanks to their pea comb, are very cold-weather hardy. While Buckeyes adapt readily to a variety of living conditions, they do best under free-range conditions, or conditions where they have room to move around. Because of their active nature they do not do especially well in small confined spaces. Roosters weigh approximately nine pounds; hens weigh approximately six and a half pounds and lay medium-sized, brown eggs.

    Buckeyes were developed by Mrs. Nettie Metcalf of Warren, Ohio, and appropriately named after the “Buckeye State.” Buckeyes are unique in the American Class of chickens in that it is the only breed created entirely by a woman. Mrs. Metcalf started by breeding a Buff Cochin male to Barred Plymouth Rock females. This produced what she considered a large, lazy fowl. The next year she purchased a Black-Breasted Red Game male and crossed this male over the half cochin pullets. This cross produced several red offspring and from there she developed the breed. It is interesting to note that her creation predated the introduction of Rhode Island Reds into the mid-west.

    In 1896 she learned that her idea of red fowls was not new and that a very popular eastern breed had been developed, the Rhode Island Red. After corresponding with several Rhode Island Red breeders, she decided to call her breed Pea Combed Rhode Island Reds (she even traded stock with several of these breeders). Rather than helping to promote her new breed, she found that calling them Pea Combed Rhode Island Reds was in fact limiting its popularity. So in 1902 she exhibited a pair in the Cleveland, Ohio poultry show as Buckeyes. Within a few years Pea Combed Rhode Island Reds began to disappear.

    The Buckeye should not be confused with the Rhode Island Red, even though they share some history. Buckeyes are unique in their body shape: slanted, short but broad back, very meaty thighs, powerful wings and breast. They appear very close to the Cornish, as bred in 1905, in body shape. (It should be noted that the originator indicated that she did not use Cornish in their breeding; the Cornish body shape was simply her goal.) In color the Buckeye is also unique. The color of the Buckeye is darker than that of the original Rhode Island Red (later, the Rhode Island Red was bred for a shade of color even darker than the Buckeye). The Buckeye also has a slate colored bar in the undercolor (fluff) of its back; the Rhode Island Red’s feathers should be red to the skin. Both breeds share the trait of tight feathering – unique in the American Class of poultry.

    Buckeyes also have a personality all their own. They are a very active fowl and are noted for being especially vigilant in the pursuit of mice, some breeders comparing them to cats in regard to this ability. They tend to have very little fear of humans and are possibly too friendly. In fact, some males may show a little aggression during breeding season. They also seem to lack the tendency to feather-pick each other (this is a trait worthy of further exploration). The males emit a full range of sounds beyond those typical of many other chicken breeds, including a dinosaur-like roar!

    Status: Critical

    Breed clubs and associations:
    The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, Box 477, Pittsboro, NC 27312, (919) 542-5704, email [email protected], www.albc-usa.org

    American Poultry Association, PO Box 306, Burgettstown, PA15021, email [email protected], www.amerpoultryassn.com
     
  5. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC! You will love it here [​IMG]

    -Austin from SC
     
  6. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. pw_quiltworks

    pw_quiltworks One Handy Chick

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  8. n-da-woods

    n-da-woods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello [​IMG] and WELCOME to BYC from NC
     
  9. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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  10. Up-the-Creek

    Up-the-Creek Chillin' With My Peeps

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