differences between welsummers and brown leghorns?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jns_binford, May 3, 2008.

  1. jns_binford

    jns_binford In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2008
    I bought a frypan special from Meyer hatchery 6 weeks ago and I got two roosters that I belive are either brown leghorns or welsummers the pics I have seen of them look the same. So how can I tell the difference?
  2. chickenman7

    chickenman7 Songster

    Sep 11, 2007
    I'm wondering the same???
  3. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    Cranbrook, BC, Canada
    If they are from a special made up of more eadible chickens I would think they put welsumers in and not brown leghorns. Leghorn roosters are long legged skinny things until they are a year or older. Welsumers are at least twice as massive.
  4. jns_binford

    jns_binford In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2008
    I dont know cus they put in three white leghorns in the mix too and they sure arent very meaty
  5. ella

    ella Songster

    That's bizzare that either Welsummers or Leghorns were included as meat birds.

    Welsummers are far more valuable as layers, their very dark brown eggs are becoming more and more popular.

    Ok checked out Meyers and they do include some strange breeds in their fry pan special. One other possibility for your brown stripey chick is Speckled Sussex.

    Also doesn't say anything about Leghorns could your white chicks be White Rocks?
    Last edited: May 5, 2008
  6. ella

    ella Songster

    Sorry I seem to have forgotten to answer the original question, I hate it when that happens! [​IMG]

    Welsummers and Leghorns have similar color but very different shapes and temperment.

    Leghorns will be small, sleek and flighty and develop relatively quickly.

    Welsummers are rounder, heavier, more mellow and develop slower.

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