Originally Posted by Cynthia12
Aww, beautiful birds...and yes! I know what you mean about their tones. I have that...begging tone down pretty good. lol...then when they are just visiting, it is so much more quiet.
I love the leghorn, I don't think most folks know just how friendly they are. I can't wait for this Bielelfelder to grow up. She is one of the sweetest babies ever. When I open her little coop, which is the one in this photo..it's my grow out coop, and the run is there behind me, anyway, she is the first to come running to me. When I walk into the run, she is right there to greet me. She is so young. I had heard that these birds are friendly, but wow.
The White Leghorns are wonderful and GREAT egg layers! We had ours for 3 yrs as a gentle alpha but after her 3rd year molt she regrew her beautiful white feathers and came back with an aggressive attitude toward the flock. We gave her a chance to settle down but after a couple weeks we found her a new home with a friend's layer flock where she worked her way to alpha there. At least we could visit her there but unfortunately compared to some breeds the Leghorns are not touchy-feely birds. They are friendly, jump on your lap or arm to get treats, but after treats they're GONE! We liked our White Leg so much we invested in a Buff Leghorn but she had a wilder streak in her than the White Leg. By the time she was a year old she was being nasty to all the other birds in the flock, chasing them, pulling out their beards and muffs, etc. She was re-homed in the same flock as our White Leg where she quickly learned she couldn't bully anyone. Sad - because I was raised with flocks of Babcock Leghorns and love Legs for so many reasons but realize I can't mingle them with gentle, timid, or smaller breeds.
Originally Posted by DesertChic
LOL! She's adorable! And I hope I didn't come across as offensive in my post. I wholeheartedly understand the 'chickens are my pets' mentality and have begun to edge into that category with a few of my own birds. People really do underestimate just how endearing chickens can be.
I value all your input and do not take offense. There are too many styles of raising poultry and one gets to understand where most owners are coming from. On the farm my folks raised animals for food but I was so traumatized on slaughter days that Mom made sure I wasn't around when she had to prepare a chicken, duck, or goose. Forget goat, sheep, or cattle days! Currently, my major protein consumption is hen eggs. We stopped eating beef years ago, have a hard time ordering chicken in restaurants and ask for substitutions. Crazy - eh? I suggested to my DH we process a mean Marans we had and said he wouldn't eat her and quickly found a new home for her - what a softie!
Originally Posted by kris86AR
Well my CL pullet has survived the scare she gave me. Next morning she was back on her feet eating and drinking good. Still dont know what was wrong with her. Thanks to all who commented and messaged me with tips.
Every once in a while a hen gives me a scare too - lethargic, no appetite, reclusive - and then suddenly the next day is all happy and active again. I guess chickens have bad days too where they just don't feel well. I know during molt chickens get cranky, reclusive, quiet, lose their healthy appetites but when you see the falling feathers you know that behavior is normal during molt.