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Brown vs. White Leghorns

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by FlaneryFlock, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. FlaneryFlock

    FlaneryFlock Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone! I am brand new to chickens, I've been raising ducks though, and I just got 6 Brown Leghorns from my local TSC. I have to say that I went there mainly for ducks, however, I fell for these guys because they looked like chipmunks. I was going to take them to a swap, but I actually fell in love with them. They are just over a week old now, and I believe one to be a rooster. I would absolutely enjoy showing him.

    I would like to know if there are any white/brown leghorn differences that exclude color?
    How soon will I know for sure he is a rooster?
    What do the hybrids look like?
    Which would do better at a show?
    Are there any other breeds that compare to the Leghorn?

    The feed and seed up the road has white Leghorns, but I'm curious with these questions before I break down and grab some pullets.
     
  2. pastorwalt

    pastorwalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Being hatchery birds from TSC they will be commercial production type
    Both browns and whites lay well but almost nothing beats the Whites
    IMO browns have a better chance of avoiding predators
    also IMO light brown Leghorn roosters are some of the prettiest chickens
    Leghorn roosters show a lot of comb very early
    Hybrids of the two varieties would be white with a few colored feathers
    feed store birds aren't show birds unless you are talking 4H
    for lots of white eggs on a little feed nothing compares
    Anconas Minorcas Andalusians are similar in some ways other than color
    California whites are a hybrid which favors the leghorn side
    Walt
     
  3. FlaneryFlock

    FlaneryFlock Out Of The Brooder

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    Whoa, thanks! Is there any way I could bring in a blood line to have a show-worthy rooster or chicken?
    I like my browns, but whites seem almost boring to me. I guess I just need to have some to appreciate them.
     
  4. pastorwalt

    pastorwalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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