Leghorn Layers

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by RTsFFF, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. Sophie4321

    Sophie4321 Chirping

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    Hi
    I am thinking of getting some leghorns
    How long do they normally take to start laying?
    Thanks
     
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  2. The Moonshiner

    The Moonshiner Professional Chicken Tender

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  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    Hatchery/commercial lines tend to mature pretty quickly and its not uncommon for laying to start around 16 weeks....generally all the wls I've kept (production bred) have started around 17-19 weeks
     
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  4. RTsFFF

    RTsFFF In the Brooder

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  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    What Moonshiner said, but it's nice to add a couple colored varieties for 'pretty' and generally adequate production. JMO, but there is no more beautiful chicken than a Leghorn.
     
  6. chkncrazy

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    I used to grow all types of brown egg laying chickens and over the years whether it's been luck or MyCare I have gotten the most gentle and quietest nicest leghorns and now I only have White leghorns
     
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  7. Compost King

    Compost King Crowing

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    I thought I would get some fancy colored Leghorns to compare to the production of the white leghorns I have. These are hatchery quality silver leghorns and only 10 or 11 weeks old. I also bought Red Leghorns but they do not look all that great, developed much slower and half of them died. Maybe in a month I will take pictures of them too. I want to make Columbian Leghorns by mixing the 2 and in 2 or 3 generations if the theory is correct I should start getting Columbian Leghorns.
    Now I get to learn the hard way that these Fancy leghorns are not such great producers. oh well, I just like the sleek beautiful form of a Leghorn.
     
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  8. chkncrazy

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    Those guys are beautiful I love the Sleek uniform look of leghorns as well
     
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  9. nicalandia

    nicalandia Crowing

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    Different corporations will call them by numbers to separate them from backyard white leghorns, for example the Hyline W-36. At some point I was trying to Breed a few of them to a backyard rooster and back to W-36 to produce more of them.
     
  10. The Moonshiner

    The Moonshiner Professional Chicken Tender

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    Different corporations give them numbers to differentiate their birds from all others whether it be run of the mill leghorns or other companies high production leghorns.
    These companies have decades of specific breeding in their lines and they don't want any other birds to be confused with theirs.
     

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