Are Danish Leghorns as productive as production leghorns?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Free Range Mama, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. Free Range Mama

    Free Range Mama Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a few danish leghorns I would like to raise for production egg layers rather than ornamental chickens. They aren't laying yet, but soon! Are they as productive? Will they lay 6 or 7 eggs a week?
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  2. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Production type white leghorns are almost impossible to beat as productive layers, they eat little and lay a lot, but don't expect them to lay 7 days a week for 365 days, they lay at most 300 eggs per year, some less, BUT any tipy of leghorns(except the bantam I think) are good layers...
     
  3. danhonour

    danhonour Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Danish Brown Leghorns are the production Brown Leghorn.They lack the type and feathering of the exhibition Light Brown Leghorn.Danish Brown Leghorns are crude in stippling and have much shafting,both of which are color faults.The production White Leghorns are likily to produce a few more eggs due to more selection pressure.
    .Brown Leghorns are less noticed by hawks.
     
  4. punky rooster

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    Quote:Production type white leghorns are almost impossible to beat as productive layers, they eat little and lay a lot, but don't expect them to lay 7 days a week for 365 days, they lay at most 300 eggs per year, some less, BUT any tipy of leghorns(except the bantam I think) are good layers...

    I don't see why the bantams shouldn't be as productive as the Large Fowl, just smaller eggs. (With selection)
     
  5. danhonour

    danhonour Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bantam Leghorns are fair layers,but depending on the location,being small in body mass they are very much influenced by temperature,especially the cold.Much of their food energy is used to keep warm and so many bantams will not lay much during the coldest part of fall,winter and spring.This is a general thing and there are some exceptions.The molt has an effect on egg production as well as broodiness.Each strain is different,but some bantam Leghorn strains are very broody.Plus the bantams have not had the concentrated effort of egg production,selected for like the large fowl Leghorns.
     
  6. nicalandia

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    Quote:Production type white leghorns are almost impossible to beat as productive layers, they eat little and lay a lot, but don't expect them to lay 7 days a week for 365 days, they lay at most 300 eggs per year, some less, BUT any tipy of leghorns(except the bantam I think) are good layers...

    I don't see why the bantams shouldn't be as productive as the Large Fowl, just smaller eggs. (With selection)

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  7. nicalandia

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    Quote:Dan if you had nothing to work but Production white leghorns, how would you go about recreating something showable from them?
     
  8. punky rooster

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    Quote:I don't see why the bantams shouldn't be as productive as the Large Fowl, just smaller eggs. (With selection)

    Quote:Here's what I figured: They are the same breed, therefore the same standard (just bantam sized), and the Leghorn's standard was made the way it is for the breed to excel at egg production. That's my thinking. BTW, with selection. Thanks, Dan for the information, as always.
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  9. kfacresagain

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    Quote:Dan if you had nothing to work but Production white leghorns, how would you go about recreating something showable from them?

    you wouldn't.. you would sell out and start over.
     
  10. punky rooster

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    Jul 21, 2010
    Quote:Dan if you had nothing to work but Production white leghorns, how would you go about recreating something showable from them?

    you wouldn't.. you would sell out and start over.

    I don't belive Nicalandia has that option. . . "Start where you are with what you have" may work.
    Mitch
     
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