I wonder if Wh. Leghorns more nervous than Campbell ducks?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jmc, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    Wondering about getting some leg. this year.

    I know they are skittish, and that turns me off. But just how skittish? If they are miserable to work with (I will CLIP their wings, btw) i am not sure about getting them.

    Khaki Campbell ducks are among the most skittish of the standard sized breeds (and also the best of all layers, including chickens, btw) The first three months with the campbells were pretty 'trying'. But they really calmed down over time.

    I wonder if the legs. would do the same if i ordered some.

    Have you raised Leg. before, and are they miserably 'wild'?
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2011
  2. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    I hear they can be a bit spastic.
  3. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    Quote:i know that. thank you, truly. but i need info from one who has actually handled them for some time
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Sorry, but I always hear they're flighty, on practically every scenario.

    Go with Sex Links or Black Australorps - In fact it was the Australorp with the record high of egg production. [​IMG]
  5. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA

    babies do not look too too nervous.

    You gotta remember: I have worked successfully with Campbell ducks!! And they are considered to be among the most nervous. Yet what sweeties they became!! Ducks--standard sized--are always more skittish than most chickens. It might almost be EASY working with 'skittish' chooks.
  6. chickenalice

    chickenalice Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 12, 2010
    I have one among 4 other hens. the leghorn may be a little skittish, but not so much that i can't walk near her, touch her, and pick her up. in addition to that, she is my best egg layer
  7. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    I can't speak to the hens, but I can tell you my White Leghorn roosters were flighty, aggressive and MEAN.
    Having said that, if you can deal with their stupid mean temperament, they were the best flock protectors I've ever owned.
    Just my two cents.
  8. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    My leghorn pullets are not flighty or nervous. I guess it just depends! [​IMG]
  9. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    hey that's great. i want nasty flock protectors, believe it or not.

    and your nice pullets alice and fetherz............very nice to hear about.

    Like i said, my campbell ducks became calm, but i could have NEVER even touched--much less picked up--most of them....
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2011
  10. Winggedheart

    Winggedheart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2010
    My leghorns and campbell ducks are not really tame...but they aren't particularly spazzy. I actually have a campbell drake that was hatched by a gamehen, and will let you hold him without fuss---most of the time. [​IMG]

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