My husband and I have kept a flock of Buckeye chickens for 13 years now. Every year we incubate eggs, and often a hen raises a few chicks. Because we've seldom brought in an outside rooster, the flock has considerable inbreeding.
Buckeye hen with 2-week-old chicks.
Noticing the local hardware store was taking chick orders and that Buckeyes were on the list, I suggested ordering chicks this year and adding them to the flock.
While ordering the chicks, I glanced over other chicken breeds available.
"No wait," I said. "Make that 18 Buckeye chicks."
Photo by Mt. Healthy Hatchery.