Buckeye chicks, a delightful addition to any flock, are known for their exceptional friendliness, often being so sociable that they’ll accompany you closely, a trait that makes them a joy to have around. These charming birds are distinguished by their deep red plumage, a standout feature that adds a vibrant touch to your backyard. Notably, they are the only American breed adorned with a pea comb, a unique characteristic that sets them apart from other breeds.
Originating from the United States, specifically near our Valley Hatchery headquarters in Ohio, Buckeye chicks are a true American gem. Bred by the pioneering efforts of Nettie Metcalf of Warren, Ohio, they hold the distinction of being the only chicken breed fully developed by a woman, a testament to their remarkable heritage. Their body structure is distinctive, characterized by a slanted, short yet broad back, meaty thighs, powerful wings, and a robust breast, making them not only a beautiful breed but also a practical choice for both meat and eggs.
In terms of temperament, Buckeye chicks are calm and agreeable, making them an excellent choice for families and integrating well with other chicken breeds. Their peaceful nature is ideal for those seeking a harmonious coop. Notably, they possess an impressive hunting skill, often compared to house cats, which can significantly reduce any mouse problems. While the roosters may exhibit some territorial behaviors at the onset of the breeding season, it is generally manageable.
The productivity of Buckeye hens is notable, with an average annual egg yield of 180 to 260 large brown eggs. As they mature, males typically reach a weight of around 9 pounds, while females average about 6.5 pounds. This breed’s longevity is admirable, often living for 10 years or more, making them a long-term companion for poultry enthusiasts.
Our Buckeye chicks come with a live arrival guarantee, ensuring that whether you’re a beginner or an experienced chicken keeper, your experience with Valley Hatchery is fulfilling and enjoyable. We take pride in offering these APA-recognized, American-class treasures, a breed that not only boasts historical significance but also offers practical benefits and a delightful presence in any setting.