Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jan 30, 2015
Although my family and myself have dealt with a number of different breeds of chickens (the breed never being that serious of a consideration), we did have a number of buckeye chickens.
We would receive a new batch of chickens every few years from my uncle who owns a ranch and breeds plenty of chickens. The chickens would vary in number from 20-30 each year with most passing away due to natural causes or occasional they were slaughtered.
They resided comfortably in a larger chicken coup where they also laid their eggs while a number of cats took up residence in the opposite half with the hay bales.
At first we kept a fence around the chickens for fear of our dog, but we soon found that, besides chasing them now and then, our dog had no real interest in the chickens and instead had to be weary of them attacking her.
The chickens themselves were mild-mannered and would provide a squawking only after laying an egg. They would be fed daily, but also found nutrients from insects around the area. Occasionally, they would also exhibit a curious side and you would find them on the roofs of various buildings along our property.