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Chicken Breeds item created by ChickenLover200, Jun 11, 2013
Pros - Very large eggs
Cons - skittish, can bully each other
I purchased 6 grown leghorns from a farm (never doing that again, always starting fresh and young birds on my own) I have two left. Some just got sick and some got hurt somehow which did not end well. I even cleaned one up and had her in a hutch for a month and healed her up. No signs of blood or cuts or anything, just something about her they did not like, let her out, and it did not end well. Still new to chicken raising so chalk this up to a learning experience. I learned my lesson in introducing new large birds, not a fun process.
However I plan to get some new chicks this spring, They make amazing eggs. Smallest birds in the coop, make the largest eggs.
Pros - Beautiful, loud if there is danger, great layers
Cons - Not very human-friendly, loud most of the time, get stressed very easily
These are beautiful birds, but they stress very easily and are VERY loud. My leghorn, Buttercup is loud and clucks at everything. But I still love her!!
Pros - Good egg production.
Cons - Unfriendly,loud,annoying bird.
Pros - Good Layers, not aggressive
Cons - Gets dirty easily, bossy about food
I have a lone one of these. She is an excellent layer and isn't super noisy. The only thing I have noticed is that this particular breed seems extremely food motivated. I would not say aggressive, since she doesn't actually attack the others over it -BUT- she will snatch anything she can get. (To the point where she is snatching it out of another bird's mouth.)She also always looks filthy as dustbathing makes her look worse due to the white feathers.
Pros - best layers, average daily; sleek looking; seem to get along with the other birds
Cons - not interested in us people; difficult to catch if you need to; noisy
We have 2 leghorns that we have raised since they were 5 weeks old. Now at 6 months they don't like us any more and I wouldn't say I'd get them again except for the fact we can count on eggs almost daily. They began to lay very young- probably 4-5 months old. We have had to raise the chicken fence because they could easily fly over our 6 ft high enclosure. They don't cause any trouble in the hen house and stay clear of our resident matriarch (a gold laced Wyandotte). They seem to prefer the company of the young EEs.
Pros - Likes to be held, great layer, beautiful white eggs, protective, smart, great forager
Cons - Loud, top of the pecking order,
My only complaint about this bird is that she is VERY loud and squawky. I love her personality but she will probably be the last leghorn I own for this reason. She established herself at the top of the pecking order from the first day I got her as a chick. In fact, I thought she was a rooster until the day she started laying. She started at 4 months old and only stopped during the winter while she was molting. She enjoys her space from the other chickens from time to time, I guess it's tough being on top...
This bird is a worm finding machine! Sometimes I like to just watch her scratch for worms. She is incredibly good at foraging and prefers bugs to chicken feed. I must admit that I am a terrible arachnophobic and I am guilty of bringing her in the house to eat any large spider that I can't deal with on my own, including huge wolf spiders and black widows. My girl loves to be held and it's the only thing that will shut her up when she is squawking in the morning. I guess I can forgive her for tearing apart my vegetable garden in search of bugs.
Pros - Fabulous layers, low feed consumption, good foragers
Cons - Does not produce well after the second year
White Leghorns have been maligned because of their supposed flighty and loud nature. However, if they are managed in a community flock setting with other breeds, they are fantastic chickens with pretty great personalities. Once they start laying, they lay and lay and lay. However, after about 2 years their production really starts to fall off as opposed to my barred rocks who are still laying well at 4 years of age. My leghorns are active foragers, and their light body size and large combs makes them ideal for a hot climate like Texas. Overall, a super productive chicken breed---a great addition to any laying flock!
Pros - great egg production
Cons - not aggressive but the dominant breed in our coop
Pros - gentle, amazing large eggs, not picky eaters, decent food-to-egg ratio, 5+ eggs per week, great foragers, awesome bug eaters
Cons - flighty (they chicken out easily lol), molt a lot, love to peck each other if in close quarters
My first group of White Leghorn hens was given to me from TSC when the chicks were 2 weeks old. I did not have any other young chicks to raise them with, so they are exceptionally flighty and get crazy if I walk into the coop with a shovel. They are excellent layers, though, and they lay HUGE eggs!! My second group was given to me at 1 day old along with Buff Orpington pullets. They were given a lot of attention and lived in the house for a few weeks. We gave them bugs and treats all the time! Now they are grown up and are laying amazingly....AND they are still friendly!! They are way less frightenable than most of my other chickens and they still come when called!! I can stand on the porch and call them with a "cluck, cluck, cluck" and they all will squack and fly through they air jumping and running until they get to the porch for treats! They are super cute with their gigantic combs and tiny bodies, LOL! And they are very curious. Definitely a keeper for me!
Pros - sweet, great egg layer, good personality
Our white leghorn is just a great overall chicken. She lays an egg a day every day and has become pretty people friendly. She looks forward to treats and will come running if I call her. Love this girl!