Leghorn

Average User Rating:
4.09317/5,
  • 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. Brahma Chicken5000
    5/5,
    "Leghorn"
    Pros - Great layer of large white eggs, do great in the heat or cold, great feedbto egg conversion, friendly and sweet birds, very alert, bear confinement well
    I had two white Leghorn pullets that were so friendly and curious to the point I could hardly garden with them around because they constantly were in my way looking for worms and bugs. They laid a beautiful large white egg practically every day. They laid through the summer and the winter while skipping a day maybe once every two weeks. I applied Vaseline to their combs and wattles to protect them from frostbite and they did just fine.
  2. G E SMITH
    5/5,
    "leghorn"
    Pros - Eat a small amount of feed/ lay a egg nearly every day.
    Cons - Very fiesty, not much of a brooder.
    Leghorn or as we call them here in Italy Livornese. Originally bread in the region of Tuscany in or about Livorno a city near Pisa. I have tried several breeds of chickens over the years but when it comes to egg production the white leghorn is a egg laying machine. My birds lay every day with a small pause during molt and if it gets really cold. They are not big eatters and seem to like greens to feed. They are very excitable so go slow in the coop. The rooster is always on alert but not agressive, however if I wear my gray sweat pants he will attack me. I have raised chicks but have had to use my plymouth rock as a brooder.
  3. Poetastic
    3/5,
    "Beautiful birds and great layers"
    Pros - Beautiful, great layers, good foragers, curious
    Cons - Flighty, combs prone to frostbite, can be noisy, not easily tamed, roosters generally mean
    I've had brown leghorns for about a year now. I showed them in 4-H and did very well. I raised them from chicks and even while they're young they are definitely a handful. When they begin to learn how to fly, which is early in their lives, they will attempt to escape their enclosure. This a problem for me when they're chicks, but not so much when they're adults. At the moment, I let my leghorns free range just like the rest of my birds. They enjoy foraging, and venture out a bit farther than other birds. My leghorns have plenty of space to roam, which is probably a good idea. Based off my observations, I don't think leghorns would be very good for first time chicken owners or people living in the city, due to their flighty tendencies and love for large spaces. Another thing I've noticed is that their personalities vary. Many of my birds are flighty, some more than others, and a select few are very calm. The ones who are flighty to begin with tend to mellow down a bit once they get used to being around people. Mine lay a lot, but currently aren't laying at all in the winter. Overall, I like leghorns but I probably won't be getting more of them in the future. I'd recommend them to people who have lots of open space available and people who are experienced chicken owners.

User Comments

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  1. Nutmeg15
    My Leghorns are something else! They are very active and LOVE to wind themselves around my feet when I am out in the run with them. I like to call them my little velociraptors because they remind me of small dinosaurs--very quick and always ready to jump up at me for treats!
  2. Pacific Beach Ed
    Would a leghorn rooster be good with a mixed flock of hens? ED
      Thomas Lamprogiorgos likes this.
    1. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
      Excellent choice. The brown ones are the most beautiful roosters.
      Thomas Lamprogiorgos, Jan 5, 2018
  3. 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
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  4. robinSnest63
    My 2 girls was the 1st to start laying out of all 8 of my chickens...very friendly...love my chickens
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    1. Tiwanda
      How old were your leghorns when they started laying?
      Tiwanda, Nov 16, 2017
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  5. 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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  6. TheCochinMomma
    Lol my white leghorn is the bravest of all my hen's!
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  7. 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
  8. South OH Chicks
    I have 3 brown leghorns, they are to timid for me. I wont have them again.
  9. Turk Raphael
    Don't be sorry. It's good to have a little fun.
  10. Table4Six
    I meant to wright white. sorry

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