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Great Article in HobbyFarms 3/06 Endangered Chickens

Hastings, MI(Zone 5b)

Sue Weaver just wrote one of the funniest and most uplifting articles on chickens I have ever read.
These stories make us want to run right out and get us some good old fashioned yummy
Every breed is discussed in loving detail and even though there may be only 20 left in the
world, her article is full of hope and ideas.

I thought I would do Buff Orpingtons this year, but I have changed my mind and plan on
doing the Heritage breeding and raising. It will be worth it.
Please see the Jersey giants ....I had to leave the table I was laughing so hard.

I wrote a letter to the magazine and to Sue Weaver, my first ever about the well written
story. It goes from "skipping chickens" to "roars like a dinosaur". Really!

Shenandoah Valley, VA(Zone 6b)

Link? What magazine? Help! I want to read it!

Shenandoah Valley, VA(Zone 6b)

OH, the magazine is Hobby Farms! Sorry. I'm a dummy...

Hastings, MI(Zone 5b)

If anyone needs the article, send me a sase and I will be happy to have
my DH copy it and we can mail it out to ya!

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

Roars like a dinosaur, that would be the Buckeye. One of the reasons i am getting them, my boys will get a kick out of that!

Here is a link to the American livestock Breeds Conservancy, where you can see breeds which are in danger. Buckeyes are on the Critical list.[twenty total there] Jersey Giants are on the Watch list [ten there]. They don't have a link for the Jersey Giants, i wonder if anyone has a link to info for them?


i am ordering buckeyes for March hatching. anyone who wants some later on let me know. we can meet in Amarillo. i have to order 100, and won't need that many roaring roosters!!!


Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

Wow - I have one "threatened" - Ancona and one "watch" - black cochin. And one on
the recovered list - Australorp and one on the "study" list - Auracona. I love cochin's - I've
had bantum cochins for almost 8yrs. The auracona seem to have the most personality.

I don't have anything but hens in these breeds. (Except for the bantum cochins - 2 roosters).

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

Here's a picture of the Ancona, Australorp & Araucona today. Aren't they cute?

Thumbnail by Tammy
Hastings, MI(Zone 5b)

I love that picture! first, i noticed the b/w one in front, mostly black. she is very sweet.
than i looked at the b/w on the left busy picking at something. She is pretty too.
Then my eye went to the red one, she is very curious!
what sweet chickens!

TamaraFaye: I think Amirillo is out of my driving range currently. LOLOL.
Hopefully you will find some chicken people by you. Do you belong or
do stuff for a chicken oriented group for local 4-H? Here it is so strong!

My girlfriend Kay bought a 4-H chicken at the Ionia Free Fair for $100. She said
she ate that chicken down to the nibs. LOLOL

I will see if sue weaver has a web site for that article.








gee, I hope I got all the spellings correct. If any problem, let me know.


Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

I was thinking it quite appropriate that I would be interested in a chicken breed called Buckeyes since I live in Ohio. LOL I just went and skimmed the article quickly to find out that is where they came from. My kids are eager to drag me outside. Did I miss where you can buy those?

Shenandoah Valley, VA(Zone 6b)

So Buckeyes are not all that old a breed, but a recent combination of different countries' breeds? Since they're hard to find, you might have to order straight run or pay out the wazoo.

Me, I want Welsh Harlequin ducks. Snail control!

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

Zeppy, what??? well, i guess compared to some, over a hundered years doesn't SEEM old. But it's old enough, endangered enough, useful enough for me LOL

i ordered mine from www.xtremegamebirds.com
i hope i got that link right LOL.

i can't wait, my kids are gonna love those roosters! and i want my coop to stay mouse free!!!

Badseed, i mentioned some other Buckeye attributes in another thread here somehwere...


Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

Thanks! I just looked. The price on the Buckeyes really isn't much worse than other breeds I have looked up and their shipping is a bit lower. I know I need to do more reading before I buy.

Shenandoah Valley, VA(Zone 6b)

No, I just had this impression that buckeyes came from way, way back, like the Dorking or Dominique. Not sure why. I think it's b/c they're so rare. I thought they looked like those rose-comb RI Reds but didn't know they were developed from them. Another thing I didn't know was how old the Jersey Giant breed is.

Re xtremegamebirds: Cool site, and nice to know they won't travel far. I wish I had a good hatchery in my state. I wouldn't mind a Sumatra or two.

Hello, my name is Zeppy, and I'm a poultry geek...

This message was edited Feb 25, 2006 12:49 PM

Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

LOL A poultry geek??? Need a bumber sticker that says "I brake for chickens!"? LOL

Hastings, MI(Zone 5b)

How about "chickens do it with little peck-ers" ????? LOLOL

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

yes, just what we needed, another addiction, LOL

just so you know that hatchery ships all over the country. it was funny, wen i ordered my guineas last year, they shipped to Utah and New Jersey the same day, and those arrived in one day, mine took TWO. hey TX is a BIG state ;-)

Zeppy, i wish you would re-read that, because the Buckeyes were not descended from the RIRs. she just called them that for a while hoping it would help them catch on. when it didn't, she entered them in the fair at Cleveland, and called them Buckeyes. that name stuck. i just re-read it, and it is confusing, cause it says they share some "history". perhaps they share ancestors. i will look up the heritage of the RIR, i am curious now...

swilliams, down tot he nibs, that is too funny! btw, your link didn't work, so here it is again... http://www.albc-usa.org/wtchlist.htm

They are pea combed, and have other traits similar to the RIR. Here is their heritage:

" Mrs. Metcalf started by breeding a Buff Cochin male to Barred Plymouth Rock females. This produced what she considered a large, lazy fowl. The next year she purchased a Black-Breasted Red Game male and crossed this male over the half cochin pullets. This cross produced several red offspring and from there she developed the breed. It is interesting to note that her creation predated the introduction of Rhode Island Reds into the mid-west."
"Buckeyes also have a personality all their own. They are a very active fowl and are noted for being especially vigilant in the pursuit of mice, some breeders comparing them to cats in regard to this ability. They tend to have very little fear of humans and are possibly too friendly. In fact, some males may show a little aggression during breeding season. They also seem to lack the tendency to feather-pick each other (this is a trait worthy of further exploration). The males emit a full range of sounds beyond those typical of many other chicken breeds, including a dinosaur-like roar!"

since they don't like confined areas, and i am letting them free range, i htink they will work out fine. i ordered 50, plus 25 RC Brown leghorn pullets. we will have brown chicks everywhere LOL. glad my guineas are lavendar ;-)


Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

Zeppy, i do love that color on the sumatra!!! and the pretty little body.

Wow, i had no idea how old the Dorking and Dominiques were at all!!! i should read more LOL

it iddn't give much breed history on the RIR, except mentioning Malay where their dark color came from...

but i will look at some other links...


Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)


well, phoeey, your crohio link didn't work either, looked like it had feathersite on the end?

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

sheri, here ar the other fixes on the links [hope they work]



gee, maybe it's time i got a book about poultry, but which one? i did subscribe to Backyard Poultry, was gonna rate it at the Bookworm the other day, but server was down. i'll have to get back on that... it was full of good info!


Shenandoah Valley, VA(Zone 6b)

I got the pea-comb RIR info from Feathersite. Didn't look at the ALBC one... innerestin.

Mostly I've been reading books about European poultry, since it's the sort of thing titled Brits were writing for a while...

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)


Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

I know I don't post too awful much but I really enjoy you guys sharing all the info. I do pop in and read and check the links. :)

Hastings, MI(Zone 5b)

Tamara!! Thank you so much for fixing my links. I wonder why they don't work when I
type them in as exactly they are posted in the article?

did anyone read BadSeeds posting about a run down chicken coop? Poor dear.
Someone mentioned if anyone had seen Martha Stewarts chicken coops...
well, I actually wrote her a letter about the coops, and by gosh, noone ever answered!
I was wondering about how they were made and the runs maintained (by an
executive group of chicken cleaners no doubt). To me it looked as if the
runs were done in a tan/white smooth pebble. Very chic-k. Pun. sorry.

I am trying to get my sister up here from sarasota florida to help me build
some chicken houses and runs. She understands me.

Be Bwaaack Later!

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

oh, if only i could recruit my sister, but she is rebuilding her RITA-HIT home. maybe when she runs out of money and energy she will come for a visit and i can put her to work LOL


Hastings, MI(Zone 5b)

I hope noone minds, Dave and Terry and I changed my user name to WigglyPaw which is our
Farms name. I am still sheri!
Regards to all

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

how cute, & original! i love it!

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