We currently raise a flock of Buckeye chickens for egg production. We raise chickens on free range pasture, moving them to a new location twice a week to maintain good pasture growth. The chickens have helped us make outstanding improvements to the pasture by fertilization and reducing weed and pest pressure. The Buckeye chicken is a rare breed unique to North America. Scroll down to learn more about the amazing Buckeye!
— The Buckeye is a dual-purpose breed of chicken with a deep, lustrous red color of plumage. They have yellow legs and skin and pea combs. Buckeyes were developed by Mrs. Nettie Metcalf of Warren, Ohio, and are unique in the American Class of chickens in that it is the only breed created entirely by a woman. In the 1890s 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. The Buckeye is on the Livestock Conservancy’s Endangered Watch List.
There are two breed associations for the Buckeye chicken:
American Buckeye Poultry Club