Leghorn

Average User Rating:
4.08387/5,
  • 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. ceazed
    5/5,
    "Best going"
    Pros - Great layers beautiful and perfect
    Cons - To me no cons
  2. davedavey
    5/5,
    "Great layers"
    Pros - Lots of eggs, lays in winter, and summer.
    Cons - A little skittish
    Most of mine started laying eggs at 4 1/2 months. They are skittish but they are good foragers.
  3. 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.
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User Comments

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  1. babychicks7
    i have leghorns they dont mind confindment great layers eggs very large many double yokes and do go in at night whth out any problems
  2. robinSnest63
    My 2 girls was the 1st to start laying out of all 8 of my chickens...very friendly...love my chickens
  3. Brawley Leigh
    I only have 2 dark brown leghorns but they are VERY friendly, following me around like puppies. They have to be right there investigating when I work in the garden. They come running when they hear the back door open. Easy to catch but really do not like being held...I'm working on that. They put themselves to bed in the coop each night around 7:30, all I have to do is go lock them in. These girls are only 14.5 weeks so have not started to lay yet and I'm looking forward to that time. Possibly only having 2 and hand feeding treats is why they come running but so far I'm very happy with their personalities. Have to add however that when I zip out the back door to retrieve something very quickly they beat me inside almost every time...even when they weren't on the porch when I went out...stinkers!! Oh, and the LOVE Greek yogurt, plain variety.
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    1. Itty Biddy Barn
      I have one black leghorn. She is BY FAR the friendliest girl I have. I've had her 2 days and she's already following me around. Also, she's very protective over the 4 Orpington's I have. They're much smaller than her & the 3 RI Red's I have. The RIR's are bullies and pick on the smaller birds incessantly, so the leghorn will stand between like a mediator. *giggle*
      Itty Biddy Barn, Aug 13, 2017
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  4. TheCochinMomma
    Lol my white leghorn is the bravest of all my hen's!
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  5. 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.
    1. TheCochinMomma
      I got 18 chickes my last batch n the only one that comes near me and let's me cuddle is my cochin
      TheCochinMomma, Jul 25, 2017
  6. South OH Chicks
    I have 3 brown leghorns, they are to timid for me. I wont have them again.
  7. Turk Raphael
    Don't be sorry. It's good to have a little fun.
  8. Table4Six
    I meant to wright white. sorry
  9. 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.
  10. Turk Raphael
    'Leg-yurhs' that lay brown eggs? Fascinating.

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