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How many leg horns are there?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by RedJungleFowl, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. RedJungleFowl

    RedJungleFowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So from what I know there's more than one type of white leghorn am I right if so can u please tell me the difference?
     
  2. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is also brown.Very recognized.....
     
  3. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    Leghorn is the breed, white is the color.

    Traditionally, in the industry, the White Leghorn is the highly commercialized, selectively bred, uber prolific egg layer of large to extra large eggs...at least for the first 2 years of its life. You can see lots of them in the feed store in the bins of fluffy yellow chicks.

    Next common, is the Brown Leghorn...they are also popular, lay lots of large white eggs. They look like little chipmunks as chicks, and you can get them easily at feed stores. Grown, they look partridge/brown colored in body with golden hackles and white earlobes (different than a Welsummer which has a salmon chest and red earlobes but the chicks can look identical...Welsummers of course lay the dark eggs, if you get the right line).

    After this, you usually will have to go to a breeder to get the different colors...and there are a LOT of different colors, which you can see in this link:
    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGK/Leghorns/BRKLeghorns.html

    My Leghorns have been excellent egg layers, a bit noisy, definitely a bit flighty, but overall useful birds. You won't get a lot of meat off of them when they are done laying, nor before, as they are considered a layer and not dual purpose.

    My Leghorns have not had the really super floppy combs that you will see on the Feathersite, but mine came from hatcheries. Their combs are defiinitely oversized, but not super floppy. For those who live in really cold climates, this can be an issue with frostbite....they are a Mediterranean breed and do well in hot weather.

    Lady of McCamley
     
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  4. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She has gave you very good info.
     
  5. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are several leghorns...
     
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    There is only one (1) Leghorn breed.
    There are two (2) types of Leghorns Rose and Single Comb.
    Now there are at least three (3) location types of Leghorns. U.K., U.S. and Commercial.

    Both the U.S. and the U.K have a Large fowl and Bantam version of the Leghorn.
    The U.S., U.K. and the Commercial industries have a number of verities (colors)
    Some of the Verities of the U.S and U.K. Leghorn include White, Light Brown, Dark Brown, Red, Barred, Black, Blue, Splash, Buff, Pyle etc.
     
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  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    There is one breed of Leghorn, which comes in both large fowl/standard and bantam form. One variety of Leghorn is white. The white variety of Leghorn is further divided into single combed and rose combed birds. Additionally, there are several strains of White Leghorns that are managed by hatcheries, other organizations, and breeders; however, all the strains are still technically White Leghorns.

    White (whether rose combed or single combed) isn't the only variety of Leghorn, though. Some other varieties include Light Brown, Dark Brown, Buff, Red, Black Tailed Red, and Mottled. Many of those color varieties can also be single combed or rose combed.
     
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  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed.
     
  9. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    There is a black variety. And I think there is work being done on a barred variety, also. Murray McMurray carries several colors of Leghorns. The white and the brown varieties are the best layers.
     
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  10. RedJungleFowl

    RedJungleFowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know there's a lot but I was just confuse on the white ones because their the California ones too like aren't they all the same.
     

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