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!
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?
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).
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.
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?
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...
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...
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 ;-)
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!
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.