Buckeyes, our favorite large fowl...
At this time, due to health issues, we have decided we will
no longer be selling Buckeyes as we have in the past.
See our Buckeye Price List for more information and
suggestions on where to find good quality Buckeyes.
Buckeyes are a nice dual purpose bird; they lay between 150 to 200
large brown eggs a year. Extra males, with their wide breasts, dress out
nicely. They forage very well (they eat pretty much anything that moves:
bugs, lizards, frogs, mice, whatever, if it moves they eat it.) Buckeyes get
along with each other and humans well. They are not flighty and the hens
are almost too friendly, when we walk into the pen we have to shoo them
away with our feet!
Nettie Metcalf of Ohio, and the only American breed with a pea comb,
which means no frostbite in winter (unless you live in Saskatoon or
someplace like that.) They tolerate heat and cold well, some will go
broody (if you prefer them to raise their own babies) but are not
excessively so, and we think they are just an all around perfect
Lane Poultry Farm. Matt obtained his original stock from John Brown of
Ohio. Matt only had a few at that time, so we started with just four birds.
But we fell in love with them immediately, and the following year got
more from both Matt as well as the Livestock Breeds Conservancy,
thanks to the generous help of Don Schrider. Later we added some birds
from Duane Urch, to improve color and reduce sun bleaching.
By the end of 2007 we had done so well showing our Buckeyes that our
older daughter asked me to start a breed club for them, since none existed
at that time. In 2008 I started a Yahoo Group for these wonderful birds,
and at this point we have over 300 members! Stop by to check it out here.
In 2009 we and other breeders started a proper breed club for Buckeyes,
the American Buckeye Poultry Club. It is a registered non-profit, and
an Associate Member of the American Poultry Association and the
American Bantam Association.
why there are two Buckeye clubs at this time.
Currently membership rates for the ABPC are as follows:
Individual Membership is $15
Farm/Family Membership is $25
Youth Membership is $5
Youth Partner Membership with the ABPC and the APA-ABA
Youth Club is $11
If you are interested in joining, you can pay using PayPal (please send
payment to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org)
or send a check, made out to "The American Buckeye Poultry Club" to:
American Buckeye Poultry Club
c/o P.O. Box 35
Williamstown, KY 41097
productivity studies, see the The Livestock Conservancy website.
are attending a few shows in 2013.)
show we've attended this year. In early 2014, we didn't get BB at the first
show we've attended so far, but did have the best Buckeye females in the
show (we've always been proud of how our females do at shows.)
We have shown our birds in ABA/APA sanctioned shows since we got
them, and have done very well with them. We had to take some time off
from showing for a while (having two kids in college at the same time
meant a show budget had to be put far down the list for us.) But we're
back in the fall of 2013, and doing well.
On October 26th, 2013, one of our pullets won Reserve Champion
American in the Open show at the Bluegrass Poultry Association fall show.
The week prior, a cockerel won Best of Breed at the Central Indiana
And on November 9th, the same cockerel won Best of Breed in the
American Buckeye Club National Meet at the Ohio National show in
Columbus, OH, the largest show ever that didn't have either an ABA or
APA National Meet, with close to 6,000 birds. Several judges commented
that it was the largest class of Buckeyes they had ever seen!
In past years, we have done well at shows, and being away seems not to
have diminished our birds' abilities to place well at shows.
On October 3, 2009, one of our pullets (seen above) won Reserve
Champion American in the Open show at The Southern Ohio Poultry
Breeders Association show at Lucasville, OH, and RB at the Ohio National
in November of '09 (right behind our friend Chris McCary's gorgeous
cockerel.) One of our cockerels took BB at the Northeastern Congress
show in MA on January 16th, 2010.
In the fall of '07 my daughter won CH American and RCH of the Junior
Show with her cock bird at the Bluegrass Poultry Association show, and
she won RCH Large Fowl there in '09. The judge in '07 said he was one
of the nicest Buckeyes he had ever seen. When we show these birds in
Open sanctioned shows as adults we typically win BB and/or RB.
We strive to breed birds to the APA Standard of Perfection, and while we
can offer no guarantees as to how you will do at shows, chicks or started
birds you purchase from us come from birds we actually show ourselves
and do well with. And we've had customers who have won Champion
Large Fowl at several different shows in the past, on top of our own
show wins. So when you buy Buckeyes from us, you know the potential
to do well with them is there.
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