Originally Posted by tayboonexx
I have an exchequer chick named Friendly. she (as the name portrays) is the friendliest of all my breeds. (breeds being Jersey Giants, silkies, & polish) once you sit down she jumps straight on your lap, and don't dare bend over because she will jump on your back too! they're great, as laying goes, I can't really say much. she's only 8 inches tall!
Exchequers were discovered as sports of White Leghorns in Scotland so will have the same nature as White Legs. We've gone through a couple Leghorn hens in 3 years - one White and one Buff. Both started out friendly and the White Leg was the alpha of a flock of one Marans, two Silkies, one Ameraucana, and one Buff Leg. She was 3 years old and had been the most humane and gentle alpha of our backyard flock. However, after her severe 3rd year moult she got obnoxiously aggressive, chasing the smaller Silkies, knocking hens out of the nesting boxes even though she wasn't laying an egg herself, crowding all the others away from the feed and water even though she wasn't herself eating anything, and chasing dust-bathing hens out of their holes even though she wasn't bathing herself, she jumped or attacked snoozing hens, etc. We loved her for 3 years but she was getting dangerous and we had to re-home her to a friend's layer flock where she is still laying beautiful XL eggs. Our gentle Buff Leg pullet went broody after one year - she was broody for 6 weeks, then she came out of her broody by chasing the gentle Ameraucana pulling out her beard and chin muffs completely bald and then she started chasing the Silkies to yank out their crests. We sadly had to re-home her also. The Marans also was re-homed because of attacking and clawing a 6-month-old Silkie pullet.
Mediterranean Class breeds (Leghorns, Andalusians, Anconas, Minorcas, Catalanas, Black Spanish, etc) are not shrinking violets and do not back down from challenges. One owner swears Leghorns are so cannibalistic that they go out of their way to chew off other chickens' combs and wattles or get overly aggressive with attacks. Because Mediterranean breeds are not shrinking violets they should not be mixed with bantams or gentle-natured breeds like Silkies, Cochins, Ameraucanas, Araucanas, EEs, Polish, Houdans, Faverolles, Bredas, and maybe not Brahmas or Sussex either since those LF are considered gentler than most LF.
I absolutely adore Legs for numerous reasons and they easily adapt to being lap chickens. My folks had them so I was familiar with them. However I never saw them in a mixed flock on the farm so had no idea how very aggressive they are toward other breeds - especially gentle ones like Silkies, Polish, Ameraucanas, and EEs. I believe Leghorns are delightful but certainly not in a mixed flock of bantams or gentle LF as we sadly learned.