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White Leghorn Pullets


Pros: LOTS of Eggs, Beautiful in the Green Grass, Friendly

Cons: Scared of us till they started to lay, Can be quite loud,

So I said they were friendly and scared of us. Until they squatted were couldn't pick them up. We get 5 eggs a day from our 5 pullets. When they want to come out to forage, they let you know.:DMake sure your yard or pen is high to keep them in because these chickens can fly up to 6 ft. They're not exactly lap chickens or cuddly, that is if they don't warm up to you when you coddle them as young but they're better when the hormones kick in. ALSO, white may seem bland or it may remind of just an average chicken but they actually look beautiful roaming around. They look clean and pretty in the green grass and it's great to see them glow from the morning sun!


Pros: Excellent layers, non-broody, quick, don't eat excessively, and are alert to escape danger.

Cons: They tend to be flighty and skittish, and occasionally have thin eggshells.

These chickens are wonderful layers.

As a light breed, they don't eat more than they need.

They are constantly alert, light on their feet, and good flyers to escape danger.

More importantly, it is nice to have one or two in a flock of a dozen to act as guards because of their noisy clucks and their flighty temperament.

The pullets don't tend to be broody, which isn't too great for breeders, but is wonderful for people that raise chickens for eggs alone.

Their eggshells can be thin, but that's nothing a little more calcium in their diet won't help.

Overall, the Leghorn pullets are great layers and guards, but they're not the best companions.


Pros: Big eggs, lay well, not broody (pro for those who only want eggs), most mature hens lay an egg everyday (or 25 hours).

Cons: (gotta incubate and brood the babies, as the hens are not very attentive mothers)

My Brown Leghorns are very good natured, and easy to care for. they lay well and lay large eggs. You can count on a dozen plus out of this coop every 4 days with only three hens laying.  I get a good hatch rate from my fertile eggs (i candle them to insure fertility).  of my fertile eggs i usually hatch 85%. of those, i brood 95%... so 3 dozen incubated, i raise 31 to maturity.  They are a large foul breed and consume a bit more feed over time, but i feel the bigger eggs are worth it.... I sell my surplus eggs for 3.00 a dozen and it covers the feed for that pen every month except during a molt...  Leghorns are by far, my favorite breed.  They are definately a chicken that "earns their keep"...


Pros: She is sooo friendly!

Cons: None so far

I ordered one White leghorn ( ideal 236 actually) in my last shipment just to have a reliable layer.  I was expecting a flighty/ high strung bird... was I wrong!  Of all the breeds I got she is the most friendly.  She rides around on my shoulder, flies on my lap and wants to be petted and held until she falls asleep.  She is a doll!  Hopefully it lasts!


Pros: Friendly

Love these types of chickens. I had bought three from TSC when I was six along with some brown leghorns and barbarells. Angels to take care of and slow. If you have to catch them like the amature six year old I was when I started taking care of chickens and letting them scratch around in my backyard, this is the breed you want. Awesome for around kids, not aggressive at all and give very yummy eggs.
- Christine


Pros: Goofy, Friendly, Efficient Birds!

Cons: A little noisy occasionally

I first got 2 Leghorns as I waited for all my pullets to start laying. I figured in the fall when my pullets do start to lay, I'd just throw the Leghorns in a pot.. but that definitely won't be happening now - These girls have grown on me SO much.  They're very inquisitive, goofy and friendly birds.  They do excellent free ranging, and lay large white eggs every single day.  When I got them, the breeder told me "they may stop laying for 1-3 weeks", but they've both laid every single day without missing a beat.  

I'm not sure why someone would say their shells are thin - that's likely a nutrition issue more than anything else.

Excellent breed over all, but mine tend to get noisy and announce that they've laid a beautiful egg, so i'm not sure if they would be good 'city' chickens.


Pros: great eggs after the third year only lay every other day

Cons: egg shells are thin..

this is a great bird for small production farms if you would like to keep past the third year...


Pros: Likes to be held, great layer, beautiful white eggs, protective, smart, great forager

Cons: Loud, top of the pecking order,

My only complaint about this bird is that she is VERY loud and squawky. I love her personality but she will probably be the last leghorn I own for this reason. She established herself at the top of the pecking order from the first day I got her as a chick. In fact, I thought she was a rooster until the day she started laying. She started at 4 months old and only stopped during the winter while she was molting. She enjoys her space from the other chickens from time to time, I guess it's tough being on top... 

This bird is a worm finding machine! Sometimes I like to just watch her scratch for worms. She is incredibly good at foraging and prefers bugs to chicken feed. I must admit that I am a terrible arachnophobic and I am guilty of bringing her in the house to eat any large spider that I can't deal with on my own, including huge wolf spiders and black widows. My girl loves to be held and it's the only thing that will shut her up when she is squawking in the morning. I guess I can forgive her for tearing apart my vegetable garden in search of bugs. :hu  


Pros: Fabulous layers, low feed consumption, good foragers

Cons: Does not produce well after the second year

White Leghorns have been maligned because of their supposed flighty and loud nature. However, if they are managed in a community flock setting with other breeds, they are fantastic chickens with pretty great personalities. Once they start laying, they lay and lay and lay. However, after about 2 years their production really starts to fall off as opposed to my barred rocks who are still laying well at 4 years of age. My leghorns are active foragers, and their light body size and large combs makes them ideal for a hot climate like Texas. Overall, a super productive chicken breed---a great addition to any laying flock! 

White Leghorn Pullets

The White Leghorn is a great breed but once they hit their 3rd year they only lay evry other day. But if you have a small production farm like me you wouldn't mind. The pullets are very nice but can sometimes get a little hyper. A lot of people say they don't get broody a lot but having 6 of them myself there is always at least one broody. They are a high stress breed so i wouldn't consider this breed as a show bird (they could be because me myself think they are pretty) but since they are a high stress breed they don't like a lot of moving around... i had 8 and 2 died when i moved them to a new coop :( one had a heart attack because of being a high stress breed the other one (unknown cause)... thanks for reading my review. :D

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Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose:

Comb: single

Broodiness: very frequent

Climate Tolerance: low


General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: great!

Egg Size: ranges from medium to large

Egg Color: white


Breed Temperament:


sometimes hyper... great friendly chickens.

Breed Colors / Varieties:


Brown, White, and i think Black. there are probably some others but i don't know.



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i have three brown leghorn roosters and they get along great!
they are a great chicken
the egg quality is great but very thin shell
they were hyper chicks but great!


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