Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Passing of John Brown

I just wanted to take a moment and say THANK YOU to a man that did a great deal for the Buckeye breed for several decades.  John Brown of Loveland, Ohio is no longer with us as I type this today, he passed away in late February 2019 and his family asked that we respect his privacy as the family mourns their loss.

John helped many Ohio based Buckeye breeders/keeps get their start, in fact, some of my first birds were from John back in 2000 that I picked up at a poultry show in southern Ohio.  Those that knew John personally know he was an "old school" poultry keeper and it often took some time for you to gain his trust because he had been burned a time or two over the years.  John had a good eye for Buckeyes, both large fowl and bantam varieties plus he enjoyed helping others.

Although John and I both lived in SW Ohio we were more casual acquaintances than close friends. We often ran into one another from time to time at various poultry shows, flea markets or swap meets (livestock sales).  What I will remember most about John is he always had a smile on his face, at least every time I bumped into him, and didn't mind giving you his opinion about the Buckeyes in the show pens!  He loved all poultry and had a passion for a number of breeds but the Buckeye held a special place in his heart.

God speed fellow Buckeye man and rest in peace John Brown, while we continue the Buckeye tradition here on earth!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Geetings Peeps! It's that time of year......

2019 has arrived and it's hard to believe January has come and gone!  Here we are already 1 week into February and the calendar is reminding me it's time to UPDATE the American Buckeye Club Breeders Directory.  Normally, this is done around the holidays but the last couple of years folks just didn't want to be bothered so we put it off until January/February.  So far there have been a number of new additions and a few updates but more are expected in the coming weeks.

If you find an error or learn a breeder is no longer breeding or selling Buckeyes please email Jeff Lay at jefflay4686@gmail.com and let him know!  Once again for 2019, Jeff is ONLY offering adult Buckeyes but he usually knows who is offering day old chicks and/or hatching eggs around the country.  Need to find some stock give Jeff a shout if you hit a snag!  Hatchery's have gotten better with their Buckeye breeding programs in recent years, Meyer Hatchery has been turning out some dandy near show quality Buckeyes.  Don't hesitate to give them a go for your day old chick needs!

To ALL the Buckeye breeders out there, please do your best to respond to email, text, phone calls and letters.  We all get bombarded with them this time of year and its easy to get behind (I'm guilty).  Every year, we hear complaints from folks who cant reach a breeder on the directory so please take a look and make sure your contact information is up to date as well.

Happy Hatching!!!

PS - Shumaker Farms is still breeding & raising Buckeyes in SW Ohio. Logan, their middle daughter will be showing her Buckeyes and other poultry this year around the regional shows and county fairs!  Welcome back Joe, even though you never really went away, it's good to see the fire is burning again and those brooders are FULL in 2019!

Friday, December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018

This page has been dormant for a while because GOOGLE had the page locked for some odd reason. Finally after many attempts the American Buckeye Club is back up and running!  In the coming weeks, during the Christmas break, we will be updating the Buckeye Breeders Directory completely.

Please stay tuned and Merry Christmas!
The photo above is Nettie Metcalf with a few of her Buckeye Cockerels taken at her farm near Warren, Ohio around 1905.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Autumn 2016 is upon us!

Greetings Buckeye Nation!

It's been a while since we added any new updates to the American Buckeye Club (ABC) blog or website but here we go.  Our Buckeye Breeder Directory is constantly changing and we strive to keep it updated the best we can.  However, some items fall thru the cracks and some breeders drop out without any notification!  If you know of any changes that need to be made please contact Jeff Lay at jefflay4686@gmail.com and let him know what needs updated, deleted or corrected.

As we move into the fall poultry show season lots of folks are going to many local shows and poultry swaps. If you would like us to add any news or events to the ABC blog please let us know!  You can use the same email address above and Jeff will be happy to add any events you like.  If your Buckeyes WIN at a poultry show, please provide us with pictures and details so that we can get those added as well.

Finally, the Ohio National (ON) is just around the corner in early November in Columbus, Ohio and we highly recommend folks plan to attend and visit the American Buckeye Club table!  Once again we will have lots of great items for the kids, Buckeye Breed information and another HUGE gift to Give-Away.  Generally, several top Buckeye breeders are on hand to answer your questions about Buckeye breeding as well.  We hope to see a lot of you in Columbus, Ohio the weekend of November 12, 2016.  Here is a link to the ON


Don't forget, your Buckeyes are moulting and this means they need a little more TLC this time of year and as always egg production drops off during the moult!  Giving your hens a little higher protein diet will help them bounce back quicker, too.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Happy Veterans Day from the American Buckeye Club!

November 2015 - Miamisburg, Ohio

The American Buckeye Club would like to take a moment and THANK our American Vets for their service and sacrifice this November 10th, VETERANS DAY!  We SALUTE ALL who served.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Ohio Department of Ag bans ALL poultry shows in Ohio

June 2, 2015 - Columbus, Ohio - In a recent press release from the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) the state of Ohio has banned ALL poultry shows in Ohio until January 2016 due to the Avian Influenza outbreak in other states.  This is a proactive approach to help protect Ohio's poultry industry which is one of the largest Ag industries in the Buckeye state.  The American Buckeye Club supports the ODA's position and we encourage our members to be cautious and pay strict attention to their own bio-security measures with respect to their Buckeye flocks.  Below is a copy of the letter releases at noon on June 2, 2015 with details around the proposed ban.

Ohio Department of Ag Press Release

Saturday, May 9, 2015

May is upon us and many people are still hatching Buckeye chicks!

If you are still trying to find good quality Buckeye chicks you may want to contact folks listed in the Buckeye Breeders Directory.  Many breeders are still hatching and shipping day old chicks and many more are offering hatching eggs as well.  If they have an email address or phone number listed give it a shot, nothing ventured nothing gained!