DONE WITH LEGHORNS!!!!!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by tiki244, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    [​IMG] I only have 3 and I do believe I will be getting rid of them. They have been busy today.

    I must say they are banty leghorns but still have the "tude".

    1 of the leghorns ate a baby chinese owl pigeon in the coop., I saw it after it was too late but still in time to see the culprit.

    The other 2- 1 year hens picked all the feathers out of my Mille Fleur D Uccle's feet. He was standing in the corner shaking with blood coming out his feet and the 2 hens had blood all over ther beaks and heads. [​IMG] I just got done pulling out his feather shafts so he wouldnt bleed to death. It would be funny if it wasnt so painful.


    BAD BAD BAD HENS
     
  2. Bawkadoodledoo

    Bawkadoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    don't give the problem to someone else, i suggest slowstewed and garnished with butter and pepper.
     
  3. Queen Scoot

    Queen Scoot Crochet Chieftess

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    are leghorns really that mean??? my scooter is the sweestes lil rooster...hope he dont grow up mean!!![​IMG]
     
  4. smith2

    smith2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't had any good luck with leghorns either. They were flighty, mean, and went beserk everytime I went near them. They flew up onto everything and pooped all over everything. I gave them to a friend who can let her birds free range all the time, and she loves them. They are fantastic layers, but whew--they are just too high strung for me. Hope the others recover without problems.
     
  5. beckysuzp

    beckysuzp Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh wow - you're scaring me! I'm new at this. For my first chickens I got 6 white leghorns from the agway, and then just got 27 more chickens delivered yesterday from mcmurray - 5 of which are brown leghorns. The first six are just a month old now and very nervous, flighty birds... I figured all chickens were like that! I just hope they don't grow up mean! Especially seeing as they'll be the biggest chickens in the coop for a while yet!
     
  6. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    no they are not that mean. They do tend to be a little more flighty and noisy than some of the other breeds though. If you work with them on a regular basis they can be really friendly.

    I am just fed up with what happened this morning. I live in an area that I can have only a few chickens and part of each day they are confined to closer quarters, while the other part of the day they are allowed to free range in a fenced yard. So, I have to thin out my flock anyway, and after yesterday chasing them all over because they wouldnt go in and today I am just fed up!!!!

    I would actually prefer to keep all my chickens and then some, but my neighbors would not go for that. So, I am just keeping the most docile ones and am hoping for the best.
    I have some black cochin bantams and some buff orpingtons that I am keeping. A female silkie or two if I ever figure out which are females, 2 Salmon Favorelles, and 2 RIRs. All Bantams. I hope I am not making a mistake with the RIRs and Salmon Favorelles. well see when thye grow up if I have to get rid of them.
     
  7. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Flighty and Noisy exactly!! But I had wanted to keep them for all the eggs they layed.

    Oh Well.....

    Beckysuzp......just keep an eye on them......there are a lot of really calmer birds than leghorns that lay a good number of eggs. Leghorns are good for eggs and feed economy,,,,,stew too (I guess)!! They wont neccassarily be that mean but if they are confined to a small area I think they get into more trouble.

    Boy when the chart says not tolerant of confinement IT means it!!!!
     
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  8. smith2

    smith2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Becky-don't get scared. They are just more flighty than some others. If they can free-range, they are better. They are a smaller bird than say an orpington or australorp. They don't eat much, and lay really good eggs. You'll eventually know whether they "fit" your lifestyle or not. They are just not for me, but my friend loves them.
     

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