Leghorn Question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by FluffyChickenMama, Aug 27, 2007.

  1. Chickndaddy

    Chickndaddy Songster

    Jul 26, 2007
    East Texas
    I agree with SpottedCrow. I think the majority of the Light Mediterranean breeds are pretty crazy: Leghorns, Minorcas, Andalusians, Polish, Buttercups, Pendesencas...etc.

    I wonder though, if you let a Cochin, Silkie, or some other relatively calm breed like Brahmas or Orpingtons set on a Mediterranean breed's eggs, would the chicks grow up to be just as nutty, or would some of their mother and the rest of the flocks nature "rub-off" on them?
     
  2. frogdog

    frogdog Chirping

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    My 3 are a bit more alert than the rest, but are sedate compared to other people's leghorns I've seen and/or been told about. They'll run right up to you. Not fearful or aggressive, just a bit more "alert". And yes, they lay quite well. I'm happy with them.
     
  3. frogdog

    frogdog Chirping

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    Quote:I don't see why not. I had read that Guineas were really nuts, didn't go into the coop at night and were bad about laying in nestboxes. Mine were raised with chickens from day one and, though not as social perhaps (and a bit loud), were just like having *really* ugly chickens. My Leghorn girls are reasonably calm. I got them second hand, so I don't know how they were raised, but they did come with some Barred Rocks and a Buff Brahma.
     
  4. SilkieCRZYness

    SilkieCRZYness Songster

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    I raised 15 white leghorns, sold 7 roosters and had 8 hens, down to 4 but i must say, i got into chickens with this breed because i wanted eggs and there so popular so i purchased this breed, if i could go back i would get almost ne other kind. My hens are so mean to any other bird that is smaller than them that i introduce to the flock. As well as i handled them everyday before i moved them to the coop, about 8 weeks or so, and they wont even come near me.. i honestly have to like stealth walk when i go in the coop to get eggs, so they dont start flying and squaking like crazy and stir up all the other hens and make the broody hens become unbroody. just my 2 cents on the breed!
     
  5. ginasmarans

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    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    I guess mine aren't typical or maybe they are just so used to me and the calmer breeds of chickens that it has rubbed off. I don't handle my birds often,so none of them really like it, but if I sit out amongst them, they will gather around me to see "what's up". My white leghorns join with all of the rest. I have 2 currently setting on eggs.
     

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