Monday, November 25, 2013

The ABC announces its FIRST "Grand Master Buckeye Breeder" in over 100 years!!!

November 25, 2013 Miamisburg, Ohio - The American Buckeye Club's Grand Poobah, Jeff Lay, issued a PROCLAMATION today to honor Shumaker Farms Poultry. The FIRST Proclamation of many we are certain but one of historic significance to the club!  In honor of their poultry exhibition success with Buckeyes, Shumaker Farms Poultry is recognized as "Grand Master Buckeye Breeder" with the following from the royal decree;

In the event the PROCLAMATION can not be easily read from the photo above, below is what was written by the Grand Poobah in detail;


By Virtue of the Authority Vested by the By-Laws in the Grand Poobah of the American Buckeye Club, the Following Shall be Recognized from this Day Forward and Until Time Shall End;


Shumaker Farms Poultry

November 25, 2013


Having been a member of the American Buckeye Club in good standing for many years and not once having done anything to disgrace the royal order of said club; and


Attending many Poultry Exhibitions and showing ONLY the Best of the Best and winning numerous American Championships and a multitude of Champion Large Fowl, not to mention Best of Show with Buckeye Large Fowl in North America; and


Always remaining humble and helpful to other American Buckeye Club members and non-members alike with both exhibition and breeding of the Great Buckeye breed; and  


The Grand Poobah, Jeffrey L. Lay, Hereby Proclaims Shumaker Farms Poultry “Grand Master” Buckeye Breeder effective November 25th, 2013.  Long may the Shumaker’s reign in the world of poultry breeding and exhibition.
-the end-

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The American Buckeye Club BLASTS into Columbus for the Ohio National

November 2, 2013 Columbus, Ohio - One of the largest poultry shows in the Midwest, the Ohio National, was the site of a recent American Buckeye Club member meet-up!  Several ABC members came out to show their support for various friends exhibiting and to see over 60 Buckeye's entered in both the Open and Junior shows.  Official numbers have not been released but the show promoters claimed over 500 exhibitors entered over 5000 fowl the first weekend in November and possibly set an Ohio National record!  In addition, Pigeons were being shown in large numbers for 2013 and it has been many, many years since they were exhibited at the ON.

A GREAT time was had by ALL and below are a few pictures of those smiling faces!!!

From Left to Right; Josh Ulrey, Joe Shumaker, Sarah Patterson,
Jeff Lay, Rick Presley & Sidney Shumaker (Photo by Cindy Sturgill)

The Rybinski girls won Best of Breed & Reserve Buckeye in the Junior show!

Phil Rybinski wins the Eastern Ohio Poultry Association's (EOPA) coop raffle!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Shumaker Farm Poultry scores BIG at Lucasville Poultry Show

October 5, 2013 @ Lucasville, Ohio – The Sothern Ohio Poultry Association (S.O.P.A.) held their fall poultry show with nearly 2700 fowl exhibited by exhibitors from around the country.  One of the largest poultry shows held in Ohio the S.O.P.A. event is always highly anticipated.   American Buckeye Club members, Joe and Sydney Shumaker of Shumaker Farm's Poultry, won Reserve Champion Large Fowl with a Buckeye Cockerel. (See picture below) In addition, this win has given Shumaker Farm's enough APA points to achieve Grand Master Exhibitor and this was achieved by exhibiting Buckeyes! The "official" notice or certificate from the APA has yet to be received but needless to say the Shumaker's are extremely excited about their achievement.

To learn more about their poultry and past Champions visit their website "show results" page;

Congratulations to Joe & Sydney Shumaker from the American Buckeye Club!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Buckeyes making a significant impact at County Fairs in Ohio and Minnesota

Kristen Nicole Barnett of Clark County Ohio went home with a lot of ribbons and trophies this year!  She was successful with her goats, ducks, turkeys and chickens at the 2013 fair but it was her Buckeye Cock that was #1 Cock (large fowl). Kristen’s parents, Jason & Stacie Barnett are very proud of their daughters accomplishments and the hard work she puts into her 4H projects.

                                         Kristen Nicole Barnett showing hard work does pay!

Alison Gossman of Ross County, Ohio received first place in Junior Fancy Chickens, Reserve Grand Champion of Fancy Chickens and Junior Showmanship of Poultry at the 2013 Ross County Fair with her Buckeyes. Her mother, Karen Gossman, wanted to thank Jeff Lay of Crains Run Ranch and Meloni Grubb of Chillicothe for helping the Gossman family with their Buckeye project!

                                                     Alison Gossman and her awards.

Sydney Shumaker of Clinton County, Ohio took top honors with her Champion Buckeyes in Egg Production at the Clinton County Fair this summer.  She was also awarded overall “Outstanding Fancy Exhibitor, an award given for the many years of success she had showing her fowl.  Shumaker Farm Poultry has produced some of the best Buckeyes in the county, winning many Large Fowl Grand Championships.  To learn more visit

                                                     Sydney & her Champion Buckeyes

At the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester, Minnesota the Buckeyes also did well for the 4H kids. Shown by the Courson family, they took Grand and Reserve with a Buckeye Cock and Hen, breeding pen.  Below are pictures courtesy of Theri Voss and Prairie Chick Poultry.

The American Buckeye Club would like to congratulate ALL the 4H children and families who participated in showing poultry at county fairs all over the country and to those who elected to show Buckeyes, thanks for supporting the breed!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Buckeyes winning BIG in the Hoosier state!!!

Porter County, Indiana - The American Buckeye Club would like to congratulate Sydney Clark for winning BIG at the Porter County Fair this past week! Her Buckeye bantam hen won Champion and Reserve Grand Champion in the bantam class. While her large fowl Buckeyes won Reserve Champion American pullet, Champion American cockerel and Grand Champion cockerel.

Sydney Clark and her Champion Buckeye's
Many county fairs are taking place ALL over the Midwest and the 4H members who have worked hard all winter, spring and summer are finally getting to show their livestock and poultry.  The ABC supports 4H and encourages others to do the same, it is GOOD for the Buckeye breed and GOOD for the children who get involved.  Today's 4H members are tomorrows Buckeye keepers and breeders so lets show our support.  Visit your county fairs and cheer on some 4H folks!!!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Buckeyes Return to Birthplace in Warren, Ohio

On June 13, 2013 the “Buckeye Reds” made their way back home to Warren, Ohio.  More importantly, a small flock of Buckeyes returned to the very place their ancestors were created, the actual Metcalf "Red Feather Farm" in Trumbull County!  From 1878 thru 1909 a small farm belonging to Frank & Nettie Metcalf could be found along an old country road that connected Lordstown, Ohio with the City of Warren.  Their humble farm was split into two tracts, 54.50 acres in Warren Twp and 47.50 acres in Lordstown Twp, with a combined total acreage of 102 acres.  The Metcalf’s lived in a rather modest 2 story farm house (pictured below), typical of the era, and possibly built by Frank himself prior to asking Nettie Williams hand in marriage. Unfortunately, the old homestead didn’t survive a fire and burnt to the ground in the late 1960’s.  According to locals living in the area an old home that looked like the house pictured was destroyed by fire.

 RED FEATHER FARM - Warren, OHIO (circa 1900)
Today, the Metcalf farm is broken into many smaller parcels with the largest residential tract being 15 acres and it is owned by Mrs. Mary Smith.  The Smith home was built in the 1940’s and was purchased in the 1970’s by Mrs. Smith and her husband who ran a gold driving range from the property for a number of years. Interestingly enough the existing house has similar looking pine trees growing nearby, just as the Metcalf home did in the 1890’s.

Jeff Lay, owner of Crains Run Ranch and Co-Founder of the American Buckeye Club, met with Mrs. Smith in mid April of this year. They discussed the farms history, the Buckeye breed and the Metcalf’s who originally lived on the farm site. The current owner of “Red Feather Farm”, as Nettie called the place in her day, was no stranger to poultry and had a small chicken coop and run already in place!  Mrs. Smith said she had heard of the Buckeye but had no clue she actually lived on the former Metcalf property.  Below is a picture of the old coop and “chicken tractor” built many years ago for the poultry Mrs. Smith raised to provide eggs and meat for the family.

Finally, approximately 16 Buckeye chicks found their way home.....back to Warren, Ohio and the site of the "Original" Nettie Metcalf RED FEATHER FARM! After nearly 105 years absence from the farm, the new Buckeye owner, Mary (below right) and her sister Wilma (below left), were very pleased with the young Buckeye flock. They simply couldn’t believe how friendly these little red beauties actually are and will give them a great home!

If you are a history buff or interested in supporting documentation, we have included maps from 1899 that provide actual proof of the Metcalf Farm and its original location.  The American Buckeye Club is pleased to share this information from the past with everyone in addition we are pleased to be making history o June 13, 2013 by bringing the Buckeye back to Warren Twp in Trumbull County Ohio! An old map created in 1899 shows the location of the Metcalf farm and where the actual home site was located on the property. This link shows Trumbull County and its Townships in 1899;

1899 Map of Trumbull County
This link is a map of Warren Twp (photo below);
This link is a map of Lordstown Twp (photo below);
You can see the two tracts labeled “F.C. & N. Metcalf” in the two pictures above, this reflects “Frank C. & Nettie Metcalf” were the owners of this property when the maps were made or revised in 1899.  In 2013, the area has changed considerably, a blacktop road (SR 45) now replaces the old dirt road between Warren & Lordstown and some slight roadway changes bisect the former Metcalf property a little differently.  However the "Google Map" image below shows some of the property boundary's remain unchanged today.

The American Buckeye Club would like to thank Mrs. Smith and the Trumbull County Historical Society for helping make this home coming complete!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Southern Ohio Poultry Association Spring 2013 Show

Lucasville, OH - The American Buckeye Clubs 2nd Annual show at Lucasville, Ohio came to a close today (Sunday, May 26th) and we congratulate all the participants and the winners!  As far as Buckeyes are concerned their respective classes in both the Open and Junior divisions were well represented.  There were more Buckeye Large Fowl than any other bred in the American Class this spring! 

                                 Reserve American Buckeye Cock - Shumaker Farms

Once again Shumaker Farms does very well and manages to take a Buckeye Cock to Champion row winning Reserve American.  Like last year, a special trophy was presented called “Nettie’s Vision” and it was awarded to the Buckeye with the best, DARKEST and most even color as Nettie often described in her writings. This year the Nettie’s Vision trophy was awarded to Sydney Shumaker of Shumaker Farms. Again congratulations to ALL of those who put forth the effort and are dedicated to the Buckeye breed! Below are the ABC’s official results;


Jr Buckeye Large Fowl

Best of Breed – Sydney Shumaker (Cock)

Reserve – Evan Edingfield (Hen)

Jr Buckeye Bantam

Best of Breed & Reserve – Brandi Powell (Cockerel & Pullet)

Open Buckeye Large Fowl

Best of Breed & Reserve – Shumaker Farm (Cock & Hen)

Open Buckeye Bantam

Best of Breed & Reserve – Sharon Fields (Cockerel & Pullet)

Nettie’s Vision Trophy – Sydney Shumaker (Cock)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Greetings "Buckeye Nation".....the ABC wants to remind everyone of the upcoming "American Buckeye Club 2nd Annual Meet" to be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26, 2013 in Lucasville, Ohio. Hosted by the Southern Ohio Poultry Association and held at the Scioto County Fairgrounds (see map link below) this is a great venue for Buckeye owners to come out and show their fowl, talk with other Buckeye owners and breeders plus enjoy some GREAT food!

For info visit or contact;

Southern Ohio Poultry Assn 
312 O'Connor Rd
Lucasville, OH 45648

The American Buckeye Club will provide club trophies to the Open & Junior Champions and a "SPECIAL" trophy to honor "Nettie Metcalf's Vision" of this DARK RED fowl. All ABC trophies will be awarded regardless of club affiliation, in other words you don't have to be an ABC member in order to receive a trophy!

If you have any questions feel free to PM me or post them here! Looking forward to seeing many ABC members and a few new faces in Lucasville in May, too!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Columbus, Indiana – On May 4, 2013 at the APA sanctioned “Feathered Friends Poultry Show” history was made when a Buckeye cock was awarded “BEST of SHOW”!  Owner’s Sydney & Joe Shumaker of Shumaker Poultry Farm, near Wilmington, Ohio walked away with Champion American & Champion Large Fowl in addition to taking home the BIG trophy.  According to Jeff Lay, spokeman for the American Buckeye Club, “this is of historical significance for the Buckeye breed because there are no records indicating a Buckeye winning BEST of SHOW during modern times.” Mr. Lay added, “There have been many Buckeyes win Reserve Champion, Champion American and even Champion Large Fowl in the past decade but none have been awarded the TOP HONOR until the Shumaker Buckeye this year.  Historical records and documentation dating back to 1905 are unclear as well so it is possible the Shumaker Buckeye cock is the FIRST Buckeye to achieve this distinction.”

Joe Shumaker, father of Sydney Shumaker who has shown this Buckeye cock for 2 years now, reports this Buckeye cock has 6 APA sanctioned Champion American, 4 Reserve Champion Large Fowl, and 1 Best of Show Junior 4H victories to his credit.  Equally important, is the fact that most of these wins took place at shows with 1200-1800 fowl entered and the American classes consisting of more than 100 birds total.  “Being a Show Champion is something we felt this Buckeye cock was capable of becoming and with any luck he will have a few more years of competitive exhibition left in him”, said Mr. Shumaker.


Above is a picture of the Show Champion Buckeye cock and the photo is courtesy of Jennifer Wulff of the Poultry Press.  To learn more about Shumaker Farms & their Buckeyes visit this website link;
If you would like to see this beautiful buckeye cock in person, consider attending the “Southern Ohio Poultry Association Show”, May 25-26, 2013 in Lucasville, Ohio.  The Shumaker’s will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about Buckeyes plus the American Buckeye Club will be hosting their 2nd Annual Club meet at this show.  Trophies will be issued by the American Buckeye Club and all are welcome to stop by and visit the ABC crew!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Buckeyes win BIG @ the West Central Ohio Poultry Club Show March 9-10, 2013

The American Buckeye Club would like to congratulate Shumaker Farm’s owner Joe Shumaker and his daughter Sydney for their BIG WIN last weekend in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  Their Buckeye Cock took BEST of Breed and their Buckeye pullet was Reserve of Breed!  In addition, the Cock won CHAMPION AMERICAN and that Buckeye beat out approximately 60 other American Class Large Fowl to end up on Champion row.  The American Class was the biggest class in the Open large fowl group and this adds to the Shumaker Buckeye’s overall victory because there was some very strong competition in West Central Ohio!  Below are some pictures of the winning Buckeyes and the trophies Shumaker Farm’s brought home.
Champion American / Best of Breed - Shumaker Farms
                                                 Reserve Breed - Shumaker Farms

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The BUCKEYE hits Europe!!!

Several weeks ago the American Buckeye Club began talking with some nice poultry folks in Europe. This in turn led us to a writer in the Netherlands named Elly Vogelaar of “Aviculture Europe”, a Digital magazine about poultry!  After exchanging information about the Buckeye breed and some photos the folks at Aviculture Europe did an excellent spread simply called “The Buckeye”.  Special thanks goes out to Joe Shumaker of Shumaker Farm Poultry, too!
( ) Joe provided a number of photos and also contributed to the article which has already gotten the attention of many European poultry enthusiasts.  The ABC has already signed up new members from the UK and Ireland with interest in the Buckeye spreading across the pond we hope to help establish more flocks in Europe very soon.

Here is a link to the “Aviculture Europe” website and a link to the PDF version of the article;

Monday, February 11, 2013

February UPDATES and the Breeders Directory

Greetings to everyone from SW Ohio!  We are starting to warm up a little, the snow here is gone (for now) and even the small ponds and lakes have thawed!  Each year we make an effort to UPDATE our "Buckeye Breeder Directory" page and provide some NEWS to our American Buckeye Club members about new happenings.

Well the BIG news for 2013 has been the addition of a couple NEW websites and or Facebook pages;

Shumaker Farm's Poultry, Ohio -

Southwestern Ohio Backyard Poultry -

Eastern Ohio Poultry Association -

Please visit ALL of these sites as they are supporters of The American Buckeye Club and provide unique services to ABC members as well.  If you know of other regional poultry clubs please contact the ABC and we will be happy to provide them with a link here at our website/blog!

Finally, we are currently updating the ABC "Buckeye Breeder Directory" and asking ALL Buckeye breeders who offer hatching eggs, chicks or adult birds to consider adding their contact information to the page.  As ALWAYS being part of the ABC "Buckeye Breeder Directory" is FREE and it doesn't matter if you are a member of another breed club or not we accept anyone with a solid reputation for breeding Buckeyes or new breeders who are trying to get established!  There are several ways to get your contact information listed but the fastest and easiest is to join the Buckeye Facebook group and ask to be added!  Here is a link to help you get started;

We generally add and/or UPDATE the "Buckeye Breeder Directory" on a monthly basis so if you are NOT up and running with your NPIP or website don't worry we can add that info at any time.  Our goal is to help ALL folks interested in buying and selling Buckeyes have a reliable resource and thru this promote the Buckeye breed.  Enjoy what's left of February, spring is just around the corner!!!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year and what's New for 2013....

The American Buckeye Club would like to wish EVERYONE a Happy New Year as we start 2013 off with some NEW products!  What about a "Buckeye Chickens" 2013 Calendar???  Celebrate every month of 2013 with photo's of some outstanding Buckeye Large Fowl.  All pictures were provided by our ABC Members and come from ALL over the USA!  In addition, we have added a Stainless Steel Travel Mug and the "official" ABC Wall Clock for those who want to bring the "Buckeye Nation" to their home or office decor.  If your looking for a cell phone cover we have those for the iPhone4/4S and the new Samsung Galaxy S3....there are several styles to choose from, too!

See other gifts available on Zazzle.
Go visit the ABC store at this link and take a look at our brand new store!  More items will be added throughout the month but if you have any recommendations please send us an email.  We are always interested in your feedback!