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!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2015 American Buckeye Club Membership Special

 The American Buckeye Club is growing everyday and membership has its Perks!  Join today and become part of the "Buckeye Nation" are just a few things you will enjoy with your membership;

American Buckeye Club Elects Executive Board and District Directors (October 2014)

October 2, 2014 in Miamisburg, Ohio – The oldest Buckeye breed club, associated with the American Poultry Association (APA) since January 18, 1906, took a historic step in electing an Executive Board and District Directors during the first week of October 2014. In addition to the election of officers, a vote was held ratifying a new Constitution and By-Laws for the organization. “Since The American Buckeye Club was re-established in 2008 as a modern internet based breed club our mission was to promote the Buckeye breed around the world.  This has grown into a very large organization that called for a formal structure within the club.” said Jeff Lay who was responsible for bringing the American Buckeye Club (ABC) back to the poultry fancy several years ago.  The core members of the ABC held a meeting in which the following people were elected to their respective positions;

Joe Shumaker – President

Josh Ulrey – Vice President
Rick Presley – Treasurer/Secretary
Cindy Sturgill – District One Director
Sarah Patterson – District Two Director
Bill Francis – District Three Director
Karen Bratcher – District Four Director
Theri Voss – District Five Director

Above is a Map that shows the District Directors and the States or Regions each will cover.  Canada or District Six is currently covered by Joe Shumaker & Josh Ulrey until that position is filled.

Congratulations to ALL the newly elected officers!  Other club business included establishing a the club as a non-profit with the State of Ohio, establishing District, State and National meets for 2015, formalizing the membership application and completing the ABC “Buckeye Nation” News Letter.

The Buckeye Nation reigns supreme at the Ohio National in November 2014!

Columbus, Ohio – November 7-9th the Nation’s largest poultry exhibition and swap of 2014 took place in Columbus, Ohio with thousands of people attending and nearly 10,000 fowl entered in the exhibition! This year marked the 100th Anniversary of the American Bantam Association (ABA) and this brought in record numbers for the 3 day Ohio National (ON) meet. Not only were the entries of bantams record setting but entries for geese, turkeys, ducks, pigeons and large fowl chickens was equally incredible. 

The American class of Large fowl was well represented with record numbers of Rhode Island Reds, White Rocks, Dominiques and Buckeyes to name a few.  The Buckeye class was one of the largest groups of Buckeyes assembled in modern times with nearly 70 entries overall.  The American Buckeye Club (ABC) had several members from ALL over the USA with entries as well and lots of folks came out to support their club.

In addition to the birds being displayed the American Buckeye Club had a display table that received a great deal of traffic and visitors from all over the USA and Canada.  Nearly 100 new members were signed up during the event and many more sent completed applications afterward as well.  All three days were very busy for the ABC directors, family and members who worked the table and show.

The ABC had several raffles and prizes that were awarded at the show and that also contributed to the crowds around the table each day!  The BIG GRAND PRIZE was the enormous Gift Basket, valued at over $200, assembled by ABC members and directors which overflowed with a number of great items.  When the raffle concluded Robert Rhodes of MA was the winner of the raffle and took the basket back to New England!  A fitting win to a man who has been a legend in the Buckeye community for many, many years.  Robert Rhodes has been breeding and keeping Buckeyes perhaps longer than any other Buckeye breeder alive and his son has now stepped up to keep the legacy alive and well.

No poultry event as large as the ON with a huge gathering of Buckeye enthusiasts would be complete without giving away some Buckeye birds. This year, ABC President Joe Shumaker provided a Trio of Buckeye Bantams for one lucky winner and that winner was Dawson Latham of Lima, Ohio.  Young Mr. Latham is a Junior exhibitor of Buckeyes and other breeds who is also a member of the American Buckeye Club, congratulations to Dawson!

Finally, we want to thank everyone who came out to the Ohio National and helped the ABC kick off our membership drive for 2015 and beyond.  The ON is a great place to visit, meet new friends and visit with long time friends as well, it’s a place to share info and buy or sell a few birds that might produce the next season’s big winner!  With the launch of a new board of directors the ABC is poised for tremendous growth and with well over 1100 members in the club we expect great things in the coming years.


Monday, October 20, 2014

October has been a great month for the Buckeye Nation!

October 20, 2015 – Poultry show season is in full swing and October has been a super month for American Buckeye Club members and their Buckeyes!  Early in the month Shumaker Farm’s took Reserve Grand Champion with a Buckeye Cockerel at the SOPA in Lucasville, Ohio.
Joe Shumaker's Reserve Champion Large Fowl Buckeye

Last week at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, NC the Taylor family did extremely well with their Buckeyes.  Marie Taylor and her daughter teamed up to show a few Buckeyes at the fair in the open and junior divisions and came home with Grand Champions in both!  Congratulations to the Taylor family for their hard work and dedication to the breed.

Taylor Family's Grand Champion Buckeyes

Best Female (Youth) - Pictures by Marie Taylor

During this past weekend, October 18th, there was the Pee Dee Poultry Show in South Carolina where ABC member Ginni Hallman participated in her very first poultry show with a few Buckeyes.  Her Buckeye Cockerel, which was just 6 months old, won Reserve American and Ginni was very pleased to say the least!
Ginni Hallman's Reserve Champ American - Photo by Edward Taner
Finally, at the Lebanon Indiana Poultry Show, members Bill and Geri Dyke also participated in their very first poultry exhibition and their Buckeye Cockerel won Best of Breed and pullet won Reserve!  Congratulations to everyone who participated in poultry shows so far this month and did well with their Buckeyes.  In addition, thanks to ALL who are breeding, raising and showing Buckeyes, we need to continue spreading the word about this fantastic fowl.

Bill & Geri Dyke's Champion Buckeye (BV) Cockerel

Buckeye Pullet Reserve of Breed (RV)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Eastern Ohio Poultry Association inaugural show a BIG hit!

September 2014 Summit County Fairgrounds, Ohio – The Eastern Ohio Poultry Association (EOPA) held the inaugural poultry show on September 20-21 and had an outstanding turn out with over 1000 fowl entries!  Among the many National, State, and Regional meets The American Buckeye Club held their 2nd club meet for 2014  and the ABC's 4th overall meet.  Aside from the outstanding attendance at the EOPA it was a great weekend for the Buckeye breed in both the Open and Junior events. 

< Bob Gilbert judging RIR's 

 < Mrs. Medley at work

A total of 30 buckeyes were exhibited by several different exhibitors, 24 large fowl and 6 bantams. Best of Breed, Champion American, Grand Champion Large Fowl and Reserve Super Grand Champion of the Show in the Open went to Shumaker Farm with a Buckeye cockerel. Shumaker Farm also had the Reserve of Breed with a very nice pullet. In the Junior Class, Sydney Shumaker earned Best of Breed with a nice Buckeye pullet but won the American Class with her outstanding Rhode Island Red Hen! Kayleigh Horton of Montpelier, OH earned Reserve of Breed with another representation of the breed with a Buckeye pullet and she was all smiles.

                                    Kayleigh Horton's Res. Ch. Buckeye Hen

As for the Bantams, Shumaker Farm earned Best of Breed (cockerel) and Reserve of Breed (pullet) in the Open Show while Sydney Shumaker earned Best of Breed (cockerel) and Reserve of Breed (pullet) in the Junior Show. Sydney's Best of Breed cockerel finished winning the AOCCL class. In our opinion, that is not bad for her first time exhibiting the bantam Buckeye breed!

We would like to thank Nathanael Medley and the entire Medley family for putting together an outstanding show!  Even with this being their first effort they will be hard pressed to improve on it for next year, at least everyone from the ABC felt their first show was a huge success.
A few ABC members and the Medley Family

Again congratulations to Joe & Sydney Shumaker of Shumaker Farm for their victories at the EOPA and showing the world they are truly breeders of Champion Buckeyes!  When asked about the Buckeye Cockerel that nearly won the whole show, Joe had this to say, "This young Buckeye Cockerel that was selected is a 4th generation Champion! His great grand sire, grand sire, and sire have all made it to Champion Row! With this being his first show, he'll only get better. The future looks very promising."

Joe & Sydney Shumaker with a Buckeye Bantam (AOCCL Champion)

Sydney Shumaker accepting the Reserve Super Grand Champion
Trophy from Nathan Medley
                            Here are a few more photos from the EOPA 2014 show!
Buckeye Row (Large Fowl Open)
A view of the Arena from the Sale Pens
Champion American, Grand Champion Large Fowl, and
Reserve Super Grand Champion of the Show
Another outstanding Shumaker Farm Buckeye Cockerel

Monday, June 9, 2014

APA and Ohio State Senate Recognizes FIRST Buckeye "Grand Master Exhibitor"

Dayton, Ohio - June 6, 2014

The first ever "Grand Master", perhaps in the entire history of the Buckeye breed, was announced with recognition from the American Poultry Association (APA) Secretary early this month prior to the release of the APA's 2014 Year Book.  In order to achieve "Grand Master" within the APA one must achieve 100 or more points showing the same variety of fowl. Shumaker Farms Poultry has reached this milestone while showing their Buckeyes for only 4 short years!  Joe Shumaker and his daughter Sydney are a father daughter team that have been breeding and showing Buckeyes around the Midwest since 2009.  The Shumaker's raise their poultry in Wilmington, Ohio which is located in the Southwest portion of the Buckeye state.

Joe Shumaker had this to say to American Buckeye Club Members;

"Hey everyone, exciting news for Buckeye Nation and myself. The Buckeye breed officially has its first Grand Master. I confirmed it with secretary of the APA. I successfully earned enough points to be recognized as a Master Breeder last year and will be recognized in the APA yearbook. I had 91 points towards the Grand Master going into 2014. After winning in Marietta, OH and in Frankfort, KY this year, I have enough points to recognized as the first ever Buckeye Grand Master!"

In addition to the Shumaker's achievement being posted in the 2014 APA Yearbook, Joe also received an honor from the Ohio State Senate as you can see and read below;

The American Buckeye Club would also like to congratulate Shumaker Farms Poultry for a job well done!