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!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Buckeyes win BIG at Bluegrass Poultry Association Show Frankfort, KY

The American Buckeye Club would like to congratulate Joe and Sydney Shumaker of Shumaker Farms for their tremendous success on April 5, 2014.  Here is a report in Joe's very own words;

"April 5th; the day started out chilly!! Where has spring gone?!?! A fellow breeder (Jeff Lay), Sydney and myself took a ride down to the Bluegrass Poultry Association's spring event to exhibit our buckeyes. It was a great day full of laughter and enjoyment! There were 14 buckeyes present (17 entered by 5 exhibitors but 1 was unable to make it); 2 exhibitors from Ohio and 2 from Kentucky. The show ...had just over 700 birds primarily bantams but the American class had approximately 30 birds in it. I was hoping the buckeyes would have a good showing and they did but the majority of the buckeyes present could have been better which is a shame although I expected it. Sydney and I won the Champion American with a cock bird and Reserve Champion American with a cockerel. This is very exciting! That cockerel is going to be quite the bird next year as he matures! The cock bird went on to earn Champion Large Fowl honors to put a cap on a wonderful day! Looking forward to the next show!"

Certainly sounds like a great day for the Buckeye breed and Shumaker Farms, way to go Joe and Sydney!  Below is a picture of "Champ" the bird with multiple Championship wins;

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Buckeye Hatching Eggs & Buckeye Chicks

Every year around this time we get hundreds of emails, phone calls and text messages from folks wanting to purchase Buckeye hatching eggs or day old Buckeye chicks.  The American Buckeye Club's "Breeder Directory" page is a great first place to look!  If you cant find a breeder in your area or state consider contacting out of state breeders, many will ship to ALL parts of the USA.  Hatcheries are another option to consider if you do not have any desire to breed your Buckeyes in the future!  However, hatcheries typically sell day old chicks only.

Buying hatching eggs is generally more risky than day old chicks but hatching eggs are lower in cost as well.  Shipping hatching eggs through the USPS can result in poor hatches due to temperature swings and vibration.  Many buyers report good results from buying hatching eggs but the risk is always present.  If you purchase hatching eggs, we recommend having them shipped in late April thru mid June when temperatures are more stable across the USA.  In addition, we suggest you make arrangements to pick up the box of hatching eggs at your post office.  The seller can write "Call and Hold for Pick-Up" on the box along with your phone number and the post master will call you when they arrive at the post office.  This insures your hatching eggs don't ride around all day in the back of a mail truck or get dropped by a clumsy mail carrier!  Hatch rates can be dramatically improved with this simple practice.

Finally, don't buy Buckeyes from someone claiming they have a "Certified" or "Heritage" flock of Buckeyes!  This is a complete scam and nobody is qualified to certify Buckeye flocks and there is no such thing as a heritage Buckeye.  Don't be fooled by fancy websites that make these claims because they are generally selling some of the worst Buckeyes on the market.  The American Buckeye Club does NOT support the people offering "certification" of Buckeyes nor do we promote this "heritage" nonsense that has come about in recent years! We recommend "Standard Bred" Buckeyes provided by breeders who use the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection as their guide.

Photos provided by Shumaker Farm Buckeyes and we recommend you visit their website at to learn more!

If you have any questions or comments please direct them to me, Jeff Lay at The American Buckeye Club and my email address is

Buckeye Chicken Facts

With the Buckeye chick hatching season underway (or just around the corner for some) we thought it was time to share some FACTS about this fantastic fowl we call the Buckeye! Without a lot of fanfare or further ado lets get right into the Buckeye chicken facts;

1.) The ONLY breed of chicken developed by a woman, Nettie Metcalf of Warren, Ohio.

2.) An American class breed, accepted by the APA in 1904 and first found in the 1905 edition of the APA Standard of Perfection.

3.) The ONLY American class fowl that sports a Pea Comb.

4.) Developed from Barred Plymouth Rocks, Buff Cochins, Black Breasted Red Game Fowl and Dark Cornish (known as Indian Games in those days).

5.) A Dual Purpose fowl, meaning Buckeyes are good layers and good providers of meat.

6.) Buckeyes lay a medium to large Brown egg.

7.) Named after the state of Ohio, Buckeyes or Buckeye Reds as they were first called were given the name Buckeye because they originated in the Buckeye state!

8.) Buckeyes are NOT Rhode Island Reds (RIR's) and DID NOT originate from RIR's.

9.) A bar of slate under color in the Buckeyes back is what makes the Buckeye unique compared to other red breeds.

10.) Buckeyes are NOT endangered or nearly as rare as some other poultry breeds.

11.) The American Buckeye Club is the "original" Buckeye club dating back to 1909.

12.) Buckeyes are typically either "Standard Bred" or "Utility" (think hatchery stock) there is no such thing as a "Heritage Buckeye".

13.) Male Buckeyes, known as cockerels or cocks, are NOT typically aggressive.

Monday, November 25, 2013

The ABC announces its FIRST "Grand Master Buckeye Breeder" in over 100 years!!!

November 25, 2013 Miamisburg, Ohio - The American Buckeye Club's Grand Poobah, Jeff Lay, issued a PROCLAMATION today to honor Shumaker Farms Poultry. The FIRST Proclamation of many we are certain but one of historic significance to the club!  In honor of their poultry exhibition success with Buckeyes, Shumaker Farms Poultry is recognized as "Grand Master Buckeye Breeder" with the following from the royal decree;

In the event the PROCLAMATION can not be easily read from the photo above, below is what was written by the Grand Poobah in detail;


By Virtue of the Authority Vested by the By-Laws in the Grand Poobah of the American Buckeye Club, the Following Shall be Recognized from this Day Forward and Until Time Shall End;


Shumaker Farms Poultry

November 25, 2013


Having been a member of the American Buckeye Club in good standing for many years and not once having done anything to disgrace the royal order of said club; and


Attending many Poultry Exhibitions and showing ONLY the Best of the Best and winning numerous American Championships and a multitude of Champion Large Fowl, not to mention Best of Show with Buckeye Large Fowl in North America; and


Always remaining humble and helpful to other American Buckeye Club members and non-members alike with both exhibition and breeding of the Great Buckeye breed; and  


The Grand Poobah, Jeffrey L. Lay, Hereby Proclaims Shumaker Farms Poultry “Grand Master” Buckeye Breeder effective November 25th, 2013.  Long may the Shumaker’s reign in the world of poultry breeding and exhibition.
-the end-

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The American Buckeye Club BLASTS into Columbus for the Ohio National

November 2, 2013 Columbus, Ohio - One of the largest poultry shows in the Midwest, the Ohio National, was the site of a recent American Buckeye Club member meet-up!  Several ABC members came out to show their support for various friends exhibiting and to see over 60 Buckeye's entered in both the Open and Junior shows.  Official numbers have not been released but the show promoters claimed over 500 exhibitors entered over 5000 fowl the first weekend in November and possibly set an Ohio National record!  In addition, Pigeons were being shown in large numbers for 2013 and it has been many, many years since they were exhibited at the ON.

A GREAT time was had by ALL and below are a few pictures of those smiling faces!!!

From Left to Right; Josh Ulrey, Joe Shumaker, Sarah Patterson,
Jeff Lay, Rick Presley & Sidney Shumaker (Photo by Cindy Sturgill)

The Rybinski girls won Best of Breed & Reserve Buckeye in the Junior show!

Phil Rybinski wins the Eastern Ohio Poultry Association's (EOPA) coop raffle!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Shumaker Farm Poultry scores BIG at Lucasville Poultry Show

October 5, 2013 @ Lucasville, Ohio – The Sothern Ohio Poultry Association (S.O.P.A.) held their fall poultry show with nearly 2700 fowl exhibited by exhibitors from around the country.  One of the largest poultry shows held in Ohio the S.O.P.A. event is always highly anticipated.   American Buckeye Club members, Joe and Sydney Shumaker of Shumaker Farm's Poultry, won Reserve Champion Large Fowl with a Buckeye Cockerel. (See picture below) In addition, this win has given Shumaker Farm's enough APA points to achieve Grand Master Exhibitor and this was achieved by exhibiting Buckeyes! The "official" notice or certificate from the APA has yet to be received but needless to say the Shumaker's are extremely excited about their achievement.

To learn more about their poultry and past Champions visit their website "show results" page;

Congratulations to Joe & Sydney Shumaker from the American Buckeye Club!