A Buckeye hen stands in a pasture.

Buckeyes are an endangered breed worth preserving! They are the only chicken breed of the American Class to have been developed by a woman (Nettie Metcalf in -- you guessed it! -- Ohio). The Buckeye coloring is a rich mahogany brown with dark gray tips on their tail feathers. Their relatively large size and small pea combs make them hardy in the winter. They are largely docile -- and reportedly very good mousers!


Class: American
Type: Large Fowl & Bantam
Size: Heavy (7-8 lbs)
Rarity: Rare
Purpose: Dual
Recognized Varieties: Just one variety.

Egg Facts:

Egg Laying: Good (3/wk)
Egg Color: Brown
Egg Size: Medium

Fancy Features:

Comb Type: Pea Comb
Crested: No
Feathered Legs: No
Number of Toes: 4

Suitability to Backyard Life:

Cold Hardiness: Hardy in winter
Heat Tolerance: Not especially heat hardy
Bears Confinement: Bears confinement well
Especially Docile: Yes
Setter/Broody: No
Personality: good foragers, good hunters, docile