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Leghorn

Average User Rating:
4.0719/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Egg Layer
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Seldom
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    High
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    White
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,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 Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    Mediterranean
    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.
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  • 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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Recent User Reviews

  1. mjett5578
    2/5,
    "good egg producers"
    Pros - good egg producers
    Cons - extremely flighty, prefer to sleep outside
    Will not get again because of their dislike for humans.
  2. orientphoenix
    4/5,
    "pretty birds"
    Pros - great layers, large eggs, predator savvy, very alert, great foragers, eats less, great for free ranging
    Cons - too flighty, not friendly, doesn't go in coops-prefers the tree/doesn't like confinement
    really great layers but don't like handling much, mine wouldn't let me near them. i raised the whites and the browns, they were escape artists but for a good reason. they can evade a lot of predators
    Overall:
    4
  3. Devw
    2/5,
    "Average birds"
    Pros - Great, and I mean great, large white egg producers
    Cons - Not very friendly, skittish, roosters are very aggressive, not cold tolerant
    When I was testing out breeds to figure out what breeds I wanted for my flock, I headed to the leghorns first. I purchased approximately 20 white hens, and have tried two different roosters. I can say that these are probably the best egg producers I have ever owned (with the exception of the red stars maybe).

    However, I find these birds flighty, and tend to avoid interacting with people. The most accessible comb variety is the single comb, and this overall thin bird does not make this bird cold hardy.

    The roosters are one of the most aggressive roosters I have ever owned. I tried two different roosters, from two different hatcheries, and both were extremely aggressive. Over the top aggressive.

    I keep one hen around, for egg production, but once I decide on the breed I want for white eggs I plan on selling her. Owning this breed was not an enjoyable experience, and while others may say otherwise, I would not recommend for anything besides egg production.
    Overall:
    2.5

User Comments

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  1. SYLVIA STEVENSON
    Can anyone tell me if they've ordered from Cackle Hatchery, especially any White Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds or Golden Comets, Buff Orpingtons, White Rocks, Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, or Easter Eggers? I have a batch of Leghorns now (one hen who I love a lot and a bunch of roosters I want to get rid of). I got a batch of Black Australorps from Chickens from Backyards (which has great service) that are extremely skidish and unfriendly. Also, if I get any new breeds again, I want to try to make sure that are somewhat friendly, fairly docile and/or at least will fit well in a mixed flock without much aggression (allowing for a normal pecking order of course) and be easy to handle.
  2. South OH Chicks
    I have 3 brown leghorns, they are to timid for me. I wont have them again.
  3. Turk Raphael
    Don't be sorry. It's good to have a little fun.
  4. Table4Six
    I meant to wright white. sorry
  5. Jayzandra
    LOL^^
    I have 3 white leghorns in my flock and they are the calmest of all the chickens. They are super inquisitive and smart. They even follow the dog around because they know she can sniff out scraps of food they can't see. They don't run away and instead "squat" if approached. We don't handle any of our birds as chicks or otherwise.
    They lay numerous large white eggs.
  6. Turk Raphael
    'Leg-yurhs' that lay brown eggs? Fascinating.
  7. Table4Six
    I have three leghorns, two brown and one white. They are hilarious and lay lots of big brown eggs.
  8. PaulaMc
    Oh! And she is an excellent layer -huge eggs and often. Although could be because she is an ex batt as well as the breed.
  9. PaulaMc
    Hi

    This is Talula my white leghorn who is also an ex battery hen that I got in May. She looked 'oven-ready' bless her, but has now filled out and is growing some lovely feathers despite moulting.

    I love her even though she is timid. When she runs, she reminds me of the scene from Jurassic Park when the bird dinosaurs are running. ha ha.

    Am going to rescue some more when we are cleared for Avian Influenza.

    That was interesting about frost-bite. I put Vaseline on her comb-although admit to it being sporadic due to not being able to catch her easily. Does frost bite not hurt them?

    Talula also seems prone to mucky bottom feathers and lice. Is that common, please? Bath her and use eucalyptus oil, DE and louse powder.

    Thanks sweetie
  10. ManawaGirl
    I have one that was given to me. I already had an established flock, and believe it or not some friends caught Dora (our leghorn) in their residential neighborhood. After some introduction time, Dora joined my flock but she is quite the bully. She's definitely a hen, but she quickly re-established a pecking order with herself at the top. I have no idea how old she is but she's first to eat, first to drink, first out of the coop on warm days.... I always wondered if it was a breed thing or because she was tough chicken that wandered off from her home and lived on the streets until my friends caught her.

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