Buckeye Chicken

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Other common names: American Buckeye Chicken

The basics:
The Buckeye Chicken was developednin the late 19th century by Nettie Metcalf of Warren, Ohio U.S.A.. Her goal was a functional breed that could produce well in the bitter Midwest winters. Ms. Metcalf first crossbred Barred Plymouth Rocks and Buff Cochins but found the cross "lazy." She next introduced Black Breasted Red Game chickens and this gave her the foundation of her breed and the deep red color. Indian Games (known today as Dark Cornish) were added later to improve the pea comb.

The Buckeye was admitted to the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection in 1904. Today, Buckeyes are extremely rare, and breed conservation organizations have recognized them as critically endangered.

Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Pea Comb): Mahogany
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Preservation
Bantam: 28 - 34 oz
Largefowl: 6.5 - 9 lb
Personality: Calm, friendly and easy to handle.
Broody: Yes
Preferred climate: Cool
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Large - Extra Large

What else you should know:
Buckeyes require higher protein diets to support their rapid growth. Some breeders recommend the use of turkey starter for chicks. Adults should have a higher protein diet as well. Many breeders feed adults game bird feed, dog food, and let their Buckeye free-range for bugs.


fast maturing breed, dual purpose fowl, great free rangers, active personalities, winter hardy fowl


rooster aggression


rare heritage, size discourages hawks, American Buckeye Club, great mouser, LARGE cage

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Buckeye Chicken

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