Buckeye chickens are the only APA-recognized breed created by a woman! They quickly stole our hearts – they are sweet and curious, always underfoot, and great bug hunters! They’re also cold-hardy with tiny pea combs. Of all our chickens, these are our absolute favorite and we hope to always have this breed in our coop. Sure, there are flashier chickens that lay prettier eggs, but none of the others have matched our Buckeyes’ amazing personalities. Our line is from Bill Dyke, who retired in 2021. He started with Lay/Shumaker lines, and most people agree that he bred the friendliest birds they’d ever seen!
Flaws we’ve seen are that some of the roosters have stayed a bit small, some have black in their hackles, and not all have that gorgeous slate color in their under-feathers. We will of course only use the best birds we hatch, so we hope to reduce these minor complaints as time goes on. Structurally, most have looked very close to SOP so far!
Buckeyes lay on average 240 medium-large light-brown eggs per year. They have been our only birds consistently laying during the winter, too.
Buckeye hens weigh about 6.5lbs and roosters should weigh about 9lbs. Some breeders are letting them get too small, which is against SOP.
Buckeyes are exceptionally cold hardy! Their pea combs are perfect for our Wisconsin weather.
Buckeye hens are prone to broodiness, some more than others.
Buckeyes definitely prefer to free range, but are also content in a run. They are little raptors, though! They will happily chase down any bug or mouse or small reptile they can find.
Buckeyes are ridiculously curious and constantly underfoot, trying to "help" with whatever we're doing. The roosters all live in harmony. In the bachelor pad, they're consistently tied with the Bielefelders for lowest in the pecking order.