Chicken - Buckeye

Breed: Standard Breed - Heritage Variety

Size: Medium; 6-8 lbs

Purpose: Egg Layer

Egg Color: Brown

Productivity: Good; 3 per week

Broody: Yes

Confinement: Tolerant, but prefers to range

Personality: Friendly, Active, Voracious Foragers

Fun Facts: The Buckeye is the only American breed to have been designed by a woman, Nettie Metcalf. Many people are familiar with the Rhode Island Rd, another red American breed. Interestingly, the Buckeye was established shortly before the Rhode Island Red and Nettie Metcalf actually sent some of her Buckeyes to Rhode Island Red breeders to help establish the bird. The Buckeye is now extremely rare and considered critically endangered by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.