Light brown leghorn

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    bantams size, calm, best layer of the bantam breeds,not social, mean roosters
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Recent User Reviews

  1. stasichick
    "Good layer but mean to other chickens"
    Pros - Great layer, people friendly (ish) beautiful coloring
    Cons - Mean and agressive to the other chickens
    Adopted two leghorns. one is small and generally sweet (shes the runt so she gets pushed around a bit) and the other is mean and nasty to all of the other birds. She is definitely at the top of the pecking order but she constantly attacks the other girls!!!!! we have found too many injuries. We will sadly be getting rid of her.
  2. Flight Of Fancy
    "My Rooster Is As Mean As The Day Is Long"
    Pros - Nice girls, very productive, pretty
    Cons - Mean ol' roo
    The girls are great layers, pretty, stick close to the house, friendly, curious all around great chicken. If you want a nice white egg layer these are a go to bird. The rooster I have on the other hand is the devil in chicken form. I am thinning my flock soon when some other birds start to lay and he is going to be the first to go along with my Yokohoma rooster. I don't plan to breed so don't need them. He attacks everyone from family to pets and runs around making all the other birds miserable. His favorite snack is other birds' feathers. He will just go pluck one out for kicks and giggles and gobbles it up. My dog is scared of the birds now because of him. He does not tend to his girls properly, never calls them for food, doesn't warn them of danger... But he is one randy rascal! He is beautiful but that is all he has going for him. Love the girls but the boy stinks!
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  3. burrisusmc
    "I love them, they are a bit wild though and..."
    Pros - Intelligent, nice white eggs, rooster protects flock well, beautiful birds, friendly, good foragers
    Cons - Rooster is aggressive and loud, hens are flighty and have tendencies to roost in trees
    I love these tough little foragers, I really do. They are incredibly smart and have great survival skills. I have a rooster and a hen, both ten months old that we raised from chicks. The rooster is very aggressive and has tried to attack everyone that gets too close with exception to myself. I'm not sure why he won't go after me, but he goes after my husband and my children, as well as the neighborhood children! I've seen him contemplating going after my 80 pound boxer as well, but always wisely decides against that. He is very loud, crows often during the day and even periodically through all hours of the night. He is a wonderful protector to the flock though, and is very sweet when it comes to finding them food. He will call them in when he finds something to eat and lets them have it for themselves. The hen is also very smart and friendly, she will follow me around the yard and be my little buddy. She also comes up on the deck to the back door when it's dinner time and watches us eat. She has even pecked the glass door before hoping for some scraps. It's incredibly endearing and intelligent of her. Both do not like to be picked up but once I get them and hold them they are calm and content. They will eat out of mine and my children's hands and accept small pets on the back. I do not recommend them for first time chickens or anyone with small children.
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  1. Flight Of Fancy
    Your blanketed statement is insulting. While *you* may not have experienced this in a rooster except when your birds are unhealthy does not mean that is the only reason one would. If you don't think a chicken can develop a nasty habit then you will eventually. Time teaches most people who think their way or thought process is the only way a thing or two. Also, as you yourself pointed out you have no idea of my flocks' conditions, diet, coop/range conditions. You, also have no idea how I tend to them or my level of experience. What I am about to say is actually related to the review since you would like to blame a total stranger for the behavior of her bird, because he can't just be a jerk... No one in my flock or flocks I have had over the years has EVER done this. He is the only guy I have ever had do it and he has always done it. Like it or not he is just a jerk. I am sure he was the nasty boy who used to run around pulling pigtails in a previous life. Now if I do have a question or advice that could help someone when I have time I know how forums work and will post those in the appropriate section. As for this, this is my experience with my rooster in my healthy and well cared for flock. ie. my review, my way.
  2. chickengeorgeto
    I am not arguing only pointing out that picking or plucking feathers and eating them is usually the sign of a protein deficit.

    Other causes are overcrowding, boredom, and obesity brought on by too much people food or "treats" which means that we've come full circle back to poor nutrition. No healthy chicken will voluntarily pick or pull the feathers off other birds and then eat them. The last three reasons listed above can also cause a chicken to pull and eat its own feathers. The next step after feather picking is cannibalism.

    Then there is protein and there is protein. Chickens need certain proteins for good health. All the proteins from animal sources are perfectly fine for hens.
  3. Flight Of Fancy
    No, they don't. Thanks for your concern though :)
  4. chickengeorgeto
    I think that your chickens have a serious protein deficit.
  5. N F C
    Loved your review! Nice job. Does make me think about getting one of the girls for white eggs.
  6. roosterlover897
    Most people don't realize that all roosters can be aggressive but if you handle them (gently) when they are young they will get the point not to attack you and you are there to help not harm. We have had may different roosters and all of which were extremely friendly or often shy in the presence of humans ( although this particular breed can fight back if a cat attacks it personal expireance )
  7. roosterlover897
    sorry didn't mean to mention large 30 times but it gets the point across.
  8. roosterlover897
    Pros: lays medium sized white eggs, roosters are large and flashy, very large when compared with golden sex links ( which is what we have with him in the coop.) freindly to humans and young children and gets very large, not afraid to perch in trees.

    Cons: needs a little more space than other chickens: feathers get pulled out where the tail meets the body gets picked on(but gets even) , has GIANT spurs ( has never used them on a human but will attack cats) Skittish

    I have a light brown leghorn rooster and he has the shiniest and most colorful feathers, he is the biggest chicken i have ever seen and he is already bigger than my neighbors 3 year old buff orintons and he is less that 1 year old. The roosters are a little shy and a very flashy and colorful bird and has a massive comb it isn't winter so i don't know if the comb is freeze tolerant or not.
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  10. sssharon
    I suppose every instance can be different. I had 3 Leghorns and I sold them a few weeks ago. I would never buy another one. They were the first chickens I bought and seemed fine but when I got some other chicks, pullets, they turned into awful chickens. There was one that was so mean, even to her sisters and every other chick I introduced to the flock. I couldn't stand them any longer and they made the other chickens miserable. I am so happy to be rid of them. The only good thing about them for me was they were good layers. Like I say though every story is different. They're fine as long as they by themselves, for the most part.

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