Leghorn

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Pros: Friendly, calm, antimated, curious

Cons: Can be assertive

I have one white Leghorn and one brown Leghorn (2RIR, 1B.orp, 2 Lorps, 3 Silkies).  My white Leghorn (Pearl) is by far my favorite chicken.  I don't think she understands she is a chicken, she is more like a dog.  She preferrs my company over the chicken company I force her to keep in the coop.  Pearl will come when called and is happiest sitting either beside me or on me.  She is only 2.5 months old so the 'laying' has not started yet, but we have discussed my eggspectations  D.gif

 

 

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Pros: Gentle, Nice, Dog-Like, Eats very little, Great forager

Cons: None

I bought my Leghorn from Tractor Supply in the middle of April this year. It was their 'last shipment' sale, and I knew it was meant to be when they gave half off all poultry while I was standing there admiring them. I bought her, a Golden Sebright, a Silkie, and a Rouen duckling. They Silkie died pretty quickly (it was never really "right"), and then a week or so after, a friend's lap dog got into the coop (because they left the door open) where my uncovered brooder was and killed the Sebright and Rouen. After that, the Leghorn named "Lady" has taken a liking to me, where she seemed scared of me when her buddies were around. She was alone in the brooder for about a month, before I got 8 more chicks. In that time, she loved crawling up my arm and sitting on my shoulder while I walked around. I let her roam outside with me while I did little tasks. She would follow my feet and not be more than a foot or two away at a time. She now jumps right onto my shoulder and squeaks through the coop door when I feed them... just to be with me. She's very gentle with her beak, and when I have a mosquito or something on my leg, I barely notice her pick it off. 

 

She makes noise until I let her out with me, but I don't mind. 

 

She is seriously the best chicken I've ever met...not even just had myself. Never knew chickens could be this cool. None of my others are like this. She is definitely my favorite, and I'd be very, very upset if I lost her. I'm actually afraid to get another Leghorn because I'll expect it to be this awesome, but I don't think it's possible. :D

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Pros: Egg laying machines

Cons: flighty

They are real producers. Replace them every 2-3 years and you'll have lots of feed efficient egg layers that will supply you with eggs year round even without additional lighting! I buy a new batch every year, keep them for one, maybe two winters, then stew them. Great flavor despite being mostly bones. 

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Pros: Attractive and Great Layers..

Cons: Noisey and flighty

I like a breed that is not just a great layer but is kind of a pet as well. Leghorns in my experience are kind of stand offish, very flighty and can be loud. I always keep a few in my flock for their egg production and some of the Browns and Silvers are actually quite beautiful.

 

P.S. One of the friendliest birds I ever owned was a White Leghorn roo that I rescued from another family member who purchased him as one of those dyed Easter chicks back in 1975. He was dyed green so of course he was named booger. Booger was hand raised in my bedroom until he was old enough to put on the lot with the other birds. He was by far the most intelligent chicken that I ever owned. I could walk out on the patio, sit down and slap my leg and he would fly over the fence run up to me, hop

up on my knee and go to sleep in the sun. Booger...I really miss you buddy! RIP

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Pros: Good layers - Smart - Calm

Cons: Treat obsessed, but who isn't?

This might be a surprise, but my Leghorn/Cal.White are my smartest birds. Technically they aren't pure White Leghorns, but actually a California White which is a Cal. Grey X Leghorn cross. There was no Cal. White breed listed, or one I could find, so I'm posting here. They are very much like Leghorns in most aspects. Without the black specks in their feather I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. But anyway, from the day I brought them home as chicks they knew where the food came from. . . . .me. Now at 21 wks they will follow me and one will jump on my lap to eat. The first one to lay started at 20 wks. OK for this breed. The other seems to be slow to the draw. They are not very flighty which may be a result from the Cal. Grey blood in them, though they can fly well if they so choose. Overall a very good breed.

 

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Pros: Beautiful , great at shows, fun to be around, so much personality, amazing egg layers, easy to feed/keep

Cons: Can be flighty, single combs freeze easily.

I have raised these amazing birds for over 4 years, and am in love with them, I can not stand even thinking about not having any.

After touring many breeds, I finally found ones that I was in love with, in fact, I nearly flipped out when I almost did not win my first pair.

After a bit of looking at the variates I settled on the Standard Single Comb Buff variety, and bought a small flock of them.

After 3+ years with my buffs, I have finally gotten a great show quality bird, and I will always recommend them to anyone wanting to raise good, fun, good egg laying chickens.

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Pros: Large white eggs, lots of them! Great foragers, sweet and calm.

Cons: May stray too far from the flock, Not a meat bird.

I started with 2 Brown Leghorns from MM.  Both were healthy, one was much more adventurous than the other.  Eventually the one that liked to wander off just never came back!  The other one has turned into my most stable and one of my most productive layers.  My leghorn is a born forager and will spend the entire day scratching and eating excepting a short siesta in the mid-day sun.  She visits the feeder far less than most of my other hens.  She also has laid right through the winter (with artificial light.)   I think a smart person would have a flock of leghorns for egg production and get the Rangers or Cornish X's for meat.  I have not experienced any serious frost-bite issues with my leghorns, although leghorn roosters might be a little more susceptible.  Great bird for Lg White eggs.

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Pros: Egg laying machines, tame easily, self sufficent and good preditor avoiding abilities

Cons: Noisy, destructive, too curious for their own good, need space as they are bossy and mean if contained and bored

Love my leghorns...stupid way to start this really as I love all my chooks !!!  I got them originally as 'someone' told me they were tasty to eat and I was looking for a dual purpose bird, lesson learned, they have zero meat on them and no matter what I feed them they stay lean. However they are egg laying machines, constant supply of huge white eggs that does drop off in the winter a bit but still impressive layers. I have 4 hens, no rooster and only one went broody for a few weeks, she was easy to 'put off' the brood.

 

I'm in Queensland and we've recently had a few 40degree days and they coped very well, better then my other chooks and I lost a couple to heat stroke, they sat still in the shade, drank lots of water and spread their wings out instinctively.Even with wings clipped they will fly up and out of the way of snakes, moving sticks or large bugs, in fact anything that might remotely be a threat. They will sound an alarm and run for cover if anything bigger than a crow flys overhead. If our local python (not big enough to take on a leghorn meal yet thankfully, he likes the mice) visits they will roost in the nearby trees if they feel like it or they will see him off.

 

They are not stupid just too curious for their own good, mine are pretty tame and if they escape the run (the run is huge, free range sized and fenced like fort knocks) they will immediately find the first bit of trouble they can get into because as they are also very hypo active. They know when they are in trouble (this  is how I know they are not stupid) and I won't get within 10 meters of them however they are easily bribed with meal worms, bread and sunflower seeds and will race each other from 10 meters away to get the 1st mouthful.....best way to get them back in the pen is to leave a trail of treats leading back into security.  They are fast, big and curious. Haven't got a rooster so can't comment on them but if you want good looking, tamable, large egg laying machines that can look after themselves in a semi-free range situation then I think they are great. 

 

I wouldn't recommend them for kids, they are too big, fast and not very placid, or for beginners for the same reasons.

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Pros: Phenomenal egg production so far. Sweet. Friendly. Beautiful. Big chicken in a small package.

Cons: White gets dirty fast.

I have one White Leghorn hen.  Growing up around RIR's and Barred Rocks, she's a welcome little breath of fresh air.  She's young, just over 6 months old and has laid an egg a day for me for the past 2 weeks.  I am amazed with her so far.  She's a tiny little thing compared to my Orpingtons and EE's.  But she's been laying consistently medium sized eggs since day 3.  Where they, though the same age, have not started yet.  For the amount of room she takes up and the amount of food she eats compared to her egg production even after only 2 weeks of seeing her in action, if this continues, she may be my favorite chicken.  

 I've heard people complain about Leghorns being flighty but I don't find this to be the case.  Possibly because she's in a mixed flock with Orpingtons, EE's, etc.  She's not flighty at all.  I can walk right up to her and pick her up and she's content to sit snuggled in my arms till I put her back down.  I dunno, maybe those flighty birds people talk about are setting each other off and making each other antsy. Maybe they don't do well temperament wise with their own company?  

She's bright, curious, and entertaining.  Always the first on a new chair, ladder, wheelbarrow, bucket, etc. left unattended in the yard.  She's out foraging around with the rest and finds all kinds of good things to eat in the yard.  

The only downside to this chicken I have found is her color.  White gets dirty and stays that way.  When we got her at about 4 months old she had a big stain across her one wing.  My daughter kept arguing with me that she wasn't a purebred White Leghorn because she had a big brown spot.  I kept telling her it was dirt and would wear or wash off.  Weeks later, the stain was still there and finally came out after she shed those feathers.  Recently again she got up against something and has splatters of I don't want to think what across her breast.  But, hey, with how wonderful she is all around, she can get dirty any time she wants.  I love this chicken and am seriously thinking about getting a couple more if I can find some good ones somewhere this spring.  

 

PIcture of her from the day we brought her home with her Sebright friends.

 

From early Sept.  trying to figure out how to open the lid of the food bin.  If you look  you can see the brown stain still on her flight feathers on that side.

Princess of the compost pile.  Sept.  22nd

 

Dismantling a dirt pile.  Who could resist all those fresh bugs and worms!

 

And finally checking out the top of the retaining wall just this past week.  A good bit bigger than her Sebright "sisters" but still the smallest full sized hen in my flock.  Big things come in small packages.

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Pros: Great layers

Cons: really flighty, tend to get sick a lot, really fast.

Leghorns are an okay breed. I think they were more made for production for a large business then for backyard birds. These breed is NOT for beginners. My Leghorn is blind in one eye, has had prolapse, and goes through really bad molts. Over all I would not recommend them.

Leghorn
Description:

Leghorn, Italy (hence the name of the bird) had its own native common chicken for hundreds of years which were very good layers and came in black, white, brown or grey with white earlobes and yellow legs. Some of these birds were taken to America as early as 1828, and they were bred with other birds to make their body size larger and to produce new colours. That was the beginning of the Leghorn.

Details:
DetailValue
Breed PurposeEgg Layer
CombSingle
BroodinessSeldom
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityHigh
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Flighty,Calm,Bears confinement well,Noisy,Shy
Breed Colors/Varietieswhite, light brown, dark brown, black, blue, buff, Columbian, buff Columbian, barred, exchequer and silver
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassMediterranean
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Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Egg Layer
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Seldom
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: White

Breed Temperament:

Flighty,Calm,Bears confinement well,Noisy,Shy

Breed Colors / Varieties:

white, light brown, dark brown, black, blue, buff, Columbian, buff Columbian, barred, exchequer and silver

Breed Details:

I love Leghorns! They are great layers, beautiful birds, and if raised right very friendly. Leghorns are usually very flighty and scared, but when I raised mine from day old chicks they were/are friendly and love to be held. They lay nice tasty, white eggs almost every day, they get along well with other breeds of chickens and they are very funny and full of character.

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