I have some questions about Leghorn chickens!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Peachesbabychick, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. Peachesbabychick

    Peachesbabychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello! I have 2 Leghorn/Rhodie crossed chicks. I just had a couple of questions about them:

    1: Are they sweet, docile birds?

    2: Are they winter hardy?

    3: Are they about the same size as buff orpington's?

    4: Healthy?


    Any info about these little cuties would be very helpful!


    Thanks, erin:)
     
  2. ilovechickensrock

    ilovechickensrock Out Of The Brooder

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  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1. No. They are flighty, anxious birds. Great egg layers.
    2. Winter hardy, average. Will require secure housing with heat source during harsh winter.
    3. Same size as Orpingtons? No. Totally different body shape size. They are tall slender birds.
    4. They are as healthy as any other bird properly cared for.
     
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    It's been a very long time since I had Leghorns. I would call them high energy rather than schizoid. However chickens seem to be different now than they were back then so maybe temperaments have gotten worse.

    Mine were excellent egg layers and didn't eat much feed considering the number of large eggs they pumped out. They were also excellent foragers (that high energy).

    I wasn't in a cold climate when I had mine.

    I also had Rhode Island reds at the same time. Excellent birds but nothing like the RIR's of today.
     
  5. mystang89

    mystang89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My little Leghorn girl is definitely more (ahem) independant then her coopmates of the same age.
     
  7. Peachesbabychick

    Peachesbabychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks: Ilovechickensrock! That site was quite helpful! I bet mine will be very sweet because I am hand raising them. Do you think if they are crossed with a rhodie they will have as big of comb?
     
  8. mystang89

    mystang89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've hand raised mine too.....flighty.
     
  9. ozark_chickies

    ozark_chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I hand raised mine, and DH nicknamed them crackhead chickens. Mine are basicly grown up now, and when I let everone out to free range they run straight for the very over grown hedge, and stay there all day.At one point I'd considered culling all of them, but decided to see if they would lay in the hen house.
     
  10. Invertalon

    Invertalon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My leghorn is so awesome... She is so friendly! Docile, follows you around waiting for you to dig in the dirt for her. We hand raised her, and although she flies to the top of her coop once and a while, she generally stays on the ground. I never see her fly when she is out in the yard. Loves to be picked up!

    My favorite hen! [​IMG]
     

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