in 2000. I’d never been around poultry before, but loved the
thought of having a few birds and some fresh eggs to cook
with. So I got three Ameraucanas from the feed store, and
discovered how much I enjoyed watching them as they
roamed the yard and did their “chicken-y” thing. Over the
years I’ve had a variety of birds from the feed store, but in
2012, after seeing some Buckeyes at the Denver Stock
Show, I decided I wanted to get some, which I ordered from
a hatchery. I hadn’t even thought about breeding chickens at
that time – I just wanted some nice birds that would be dual-
purpose, suitable for our climate, and pretty.
My first six Buckeyes turned out to include 2 roosters, which
were a first for me, and got me started thinking about
breeding my own. They were friendly and curious and easy
to keep. I made a leap and ordered chicks from Sharon
Fildes, and this year I'll be adding to my flock with chick's
from Baker's Acres. I haven't participated in a lot of shows,
and where we did show, we were the only Buckeyes there.
But we did take Champion American at one show for the
cockerel one day, and Champion and Reserve Champion
American with two pullets as well.
Since getting my first breeder hatched Buckeyes, I have sold
a limited number of both chicks and hatching eggs, and I
have kept a number of chicks for myself to work with. I’ve
got a lot to learn, but there are so many good mentors in our
area, as well as in the American Buckeye Poultry Club
I like to raise my birds as “yard birds” and not show birds.
They have a large yard to run around in, with lots of lilacs to
hide under. I’ve been “trampled” by chickens as a goose
flew over one day and they mistook the shadow for a hawk
and went scattering to the safety of the shrubbery. I love
how instinctive they are! I find it very difficult to coop train
them for shows, and I don’t ever expect to be very good at
showing because of that. But I like to get the birds out there
and get the feedback from the judges.
About me – I was born in California, but moved to Colorado
in 1975 after spending several summers here. I grew up in
Indian Hills, outside of Denver. I was in 4-H for horses and
spent most of my free time riding through the Open Space
areas around out town. I graduated from CSU in Chemical
Engineering, and have worked both in industry and
consulting. I work part time now, which gives me plenty of
time to play with the birds and to garden and volunteer with
CSU extension as a Master Gardener.
So I’m really new to this poultry breeding and showing thing,
but I’ve met some really nice people, and I enjoy the birds
immensely. Especially my curious Buckeyes! The birds and
I currently live on the Front Range of Colorado just north of
Denver with my husband Michael, our two dogs Moki and
Dolly, and the kitten Kraken.