Mrs. Nettie Metcalf
Photo Courtesy of
American Buckeye Club
Our Buckeyes do participate in a few poultry shows annually.
In our parts, it is still hard to get the APA Judges to judge a Buckeye on its own merits and what the SoP says instead of comparing to a RIR, but we still get the buckeyes out there for the public to see and raise awareness of the breed.
Buckeyes have been part of our farm since early spring 2010 when we drove 7 hours one way to pick up our first chicks.
Since then, We have a blend of Lay, Shumaker, Brown lines, taking the best each has to offer and continuing to develop a bird that would make Nettie Metcalf proud for egg production, growth rates and meat production. We are proud to say no hatchery stock blood is in any of our flocks and we call ours Stoney Creek Buckeyes!
We hatch 100's of chicks in the spring months and ship to most of the lower 48 states. We are an NPIP and AI certified farm. We only sell a limited amount annually, so be sure to check out the for sale page and place your order to get on the spring 2017 list.
Due to handling during shipment, incubator practices, and other things beyond our control, we do not ship or sell hatching eggs from the farm.
Juveniles learning what the feed is all about!
Our son in the Bullpen, the cockerel growout pen. They are a people friendly breed. 2016
Enjoying a meal with Jeff Lay of Crains Run Ranch
The American Buckeye was developed by Mrs Nettie Metcalf from Ohio and entered into the APA SoP in 1905.
Their purpose was to be a cold hardy breed, dual purposed for meat and eggs. They are known to be excellent layers of large brown eggs and great foragers if allowed to free range. If kept in runs require a higher protein diet than the typical barn yard bird.
There has been some controversy over the years between Buckeyes and Rhode Island Reds even back in her day.
Some of the differences can be best described in her own words. concerning the gray slate bar in the under coat found in Buckeyes, "This old standard called for “a bar of slate across the feathers of the back, next to the surface color, the rest of the undercolor being red.” Where the Rhode Island Red standard does not require a slate bar.
She sums up the differences and specific characteristics of the breed like this, "The Buckeye should be as much darker in color than the accepted Rhode Island Red as the Rhode Island Red is darker than the Buff breeds. Their plumage should be so dark as to male as to look almost black in some lights, garnet red being as near a description as I can give. The shape should resemble the Cornish Game, but the Buckeye is not so hard in feather and has more fluffiness of plumage, but not so much as the Rhode Island Red.
The comb of the Buckeye is a pea comb, small and close fitting to the head, and the weight of the bird is much greater than is apparent from the size, although I personally much prefer a male weighing eight to nine pounds.
The laying qualities of the Buckeye are proverbial, and they are excellent sitters and mothers, although not very much inclined to broodiness."
Mrs Nettie Metcalf quotes Originally printed in the 1916 American Buckeye Club Catalogue and later found printed in 1917 issue of "Poultry Success" - Copyright ABC
Used Courtesy of the ABC and Jeff Lay
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