They descended from standard leghorns which came from Tuscany, Italy.They came here in 1853 and were called Italians.
- Breed Purpose:
- Climate Tolerance:
- All Climates
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- Breed Temperament:
- Flighty,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- White,Red,Black,Blue,Buff,Barred,Silver,Exchequer,Black Tailed Red,Light Brown,Dark Brown,Columbian,and Buff Columbian
- Breed Size:
Leghorn - Bantam
- Average User Rating:
Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Climate Tolerance: All Climates
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Small
Egg Color: White
Flighty,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well
Breed Colors / Varieties:
White,Red,Black,Blue,Buff,Barred,Silver,Exchequer,Black Tailed Red,Light Brown,Dark Brown,Columbian,and Buff Columbian
They have loud shrill crows.
Recent User Reviews
Pros - Decent egg layer and tolerant towards the other chickens - pretty friendly and isn't aggressive at all.
Cons - Flighty, not docile, prefers to not be picked up and jumpy around people.
Recently raised a leghorn bantam hen and i'd have to say she's not the best breed I've had. She completed the flock of course and is friendly towards the other chickens but she's really flighty and doesn't like to be picked up. I mainly got chickens for eggs and pets so wanted a tame breed. At least she's not aggressive towards me, the kids and other chickens.
Pros - Good show birds
Cons - Flighty, Poor egg laying
I hatched out a white leghorn bantam pullet in the Summer of 2014. She started laying a month or so ago. She lays only like three eggs a week, kinda disappointing. Being so small, she is difficult to catch. She can fly quite well too.
Pros - Good for show, Comes in many varieties and choices, good layer
Cons - Flighty like most Mediterranean breeds
From white to light brown to red the Leghorn might suit your showing needs. Because of their small size and similar to it's large fowl counterpart as a backyard poultry raiser it's almost better to get the larger counterpart only because it's better at production. Bantam Leghorns are available in rose comb and single comb and are fairly common to find in the show world.