Our BReeds of Meat Chickens
A sturdy and very active breed that loves being free range. When I open the coop doors in the morning they are the first ones to the grazing area. They have a thick and heavy body style with close growing dark feathers. The hens have an attractive lacing pattern and are equally large birds.
They are listed as Watch on the ALBC Conservation Priority list.
Buckeyes were developed in the United States by Mrs. Nettie Metcalf in Ohio and named after the "Buckeye State". They were developed to thrive in a free range environment rather than being raised for commercial production. I love these birds as they have quite the personality! They are active and friendly. Even with the limited time I have to spend with the chicks right now they show no fear of humans and are almost a hazard under your feet. I have also observed them catching and eating a mouse - a trait they are famous for. They make the cutest unique chicken sounds - the young hens "chirp" like a songbird.
Buckeyes are on the Slow Food USA "Arc of Taste".
They are listed as Critical on the ALBC Conservation Priority list.
Our Breeds of Egg Layers