Buckeye (American)

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Buckeye (American)



The Buckeye, Also known as The American Buckeye. The Buckeye is our most rarest breed, These are a very rare breed in the USA and almost unheard of in the UK. The Buckeye was developed in the 1890s by Nettie Metcalf, a farmwife from Warren, Ohio. It is the only American breed to sport a pea comb, and the only one developed solely by a woman. The breed identity was nearly lost when Mrs Metcalf was almost persuaded by a breeder of Rhode Island Red to rename her breed as a pea-combed Rhode Island Red, However she realised that the type of fowl she was aiming for was a far stockier type, so she declined to do this. She named her fowl Buckeye after the colour of the Buckeye nut found in Ohio. The breed was admitted to the standards in 1904. Though not the most unusual looking birds, Buckeye’s are a good choice for a smallholding. They are known for their meaty thighs, wings, and breast. They are calm, sociable birds that acclimate to being around humans to a point of being quite friendly. Good foragers they perform well when allowed to roam but will adapt to close confinement, though will grow more slowly when crowded, One good point for Buckeye’s kept in confinement they don’t get into feather picking even when crowded. They are very hardy, venturing out on the coldest days of winter, they are one of the best American breeds for cold weather.


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  • Class:  Large Fowl
  • Purpose:  Dual
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