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We are selective breeders of Lay/ Shumaker strains of traditional Pea Comb Buckeye Red chickens. We breed, incubate, and ship day old Buckeye chicks and sell pullets, cockerels and breeding pairs & trios towards the goal of spreading and conserving this wonderful breed as it's originator Nettie Metcalf of Warren County Ohio envisioned it and perpetuating the Buckeye breed for the enjoyment of future generations.

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The Buckeye is a breed of chicken originating in the state of Ohio. Created in the late 19th century, Buckeyes are the only standard breed of chicken ...

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The Buckeye is a breed of chicken originating in the state of Ohio. Created in the late 19th century, Buckeyes are the only standard breed of chicken known to have been created by a woman, Mrs. Nettie Metcalf, in 1896, and the only one in the American Class to have a pea comb, and this, combined with its stocky build comprised of a short, yet broad back, makes it a supremely cold hardy chicken. The breed's name is derived from Ohio's nickname of "Buckeye state", and their mahogany color is said ideally to resemble the seeds of the Ohio Buckeye plant.

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  • "I recently obtained a dozen of Bills gorgeous buckeyes. Healthy, happy and very social babies! Highly recommend his Buckeyes if you want true quality in the breed."

    "I recently obtained a dozen of Bills gorgeous buckeyes. Healthy, happy and very social babies! Highly recommend his Buckeyes if you want true quality in the breed."

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    Janet Chaney

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Hidden Creek Farm is dedicated to the conservation of the pea comb Buckeye red chicken as developed and described by Mrs. Nettie Metcalf of Warren Ohio in the late 19th century. It is to the end that this wonderful, beautiful, hardy, versatile breed will be found on the farms and in the backyards of future generations that we devote our time and our energy, indeed our lives.

Because the Standard of Perfection published by the American Poultry Association has changed in the ensuing years since the Buckeye’s inclusion as an American class breed in that organization in 1904, as well as efforts by certain organizations at preservation, sloppily it sometimes seems, in order to prevent its total extinction, there has now become a disagreement among some as to exactly what the Buckeye chicken should be like.

We being members of the American Buckeye Club, originally founded by Mrs. Nettie Metcalf herself in 1906 and revived in 2008 in Miamisburg, Ohio by Mr. Jeff Lay, believe that there could be no better source of information on this subject than Mrs. Metcalf herself.

“...difference in shape and comb and depth of color...ought to be...different [than] the Rhode Island Red...”
“...a bar of slate across the feathers of the back, next to the surface color, the rest of the undercolor being red.”
“...cutting out slate in the undercolor...would never do for Buckeyes.”
“...this dark pigment was necessary in order to retain the dark plumage in the offspring.”
“The Buckeye should be...much darker in color than the accepted Rhode Island Red...”
“Their plumage should be so dark as the male as to look almost black in some lights, garnet red...”

Welcome to “The Dark Side”. Welcome to the “Buckeye Nation”.

“I never aspired to a show breed, my object being utility qualities only but the great beauty of the Buckeyes is a sore temptation...”
Mrs.. Nettie Metcalf

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