decided we wanted chickens for eggs. We acquired some
mixed laying hens from friends and got some decent Rhode
Island Reds. As we discovered more about chickens, Kara
learned there was a breed called Buckeyes. Naturally she
wanted them, since she and all of her family are from or still
live in Ohio. So I started researching online. I came across
this lady in Kentucky named Laura Haggarty. I messaged
her several times and I believe we talked on the phone. I
ordered 25 chicks to be delivered around Mother’s Day for a
surprise gift for Kara. We both fell in love with the breed as
they grew. They were so personable and calm.
Most people that know me, know I am a little OCD and I
just wondered how our Buckeyes stacked up to other
Buckeyes. I figured if we are going to raise them, we might
as well try to raise them as close to what they were
developed for as we could. So I stayed in contact with
Laura and reached out to a few other Buckeye breeders,
Chris McCary and Don Schrider for starters. I sent them
pictures and asked lots of questions. We even drove down
to Alabama from Arkansas to meet Chris and John. We
stayed most of the day, got a hotel and came back the next
day and stayed a while. We learned a lot that first visit.
February of the following year we decided to take a few
birds to our first show in Newnan, Ga. That gave me the
bug. I was hooked, Kara not so much. She just wanted to
raise them but didn’t really care if we showed or not. She
has supported me with my addiction even though I got them
for her. We have come a long way in a short time and could
not have done it without a lot of help from the friends we
have made through the American Buckeye Poultry Club.
Everyone in the club has been so nice and willing to help out
us beginners. There are a lot of knowledgeable people in the
club willing to answer questions and give advice if asked.