The Buckeye chicken comes from the Buckeye State (Ohio).
Why is it called a Buckeye?
The color of the bird is said to be exactly the color of buckeye tree nuts (horse chestnuts).
This American treasure almost disappeared from the poultry world soon after its creation. The hugely successful Rhode Island Red outshone all competition and they fell into a decline.
A small group of dedicated followers and the Livestock Conservancy pooled resources and brought the breed from obscurity. Thanks to them we can admire this stunning bird today.
Keep reading to learn all about their history, expected egg production, how to care for them and much more…