Leghorn question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Country Parson, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. Country Parson

    Country Parson Songster

    Oct 1, 2010
    Bellefontaine, OH
    In the Spring we plan on getting a few Leghorn chicks (we general go with DP brown-egg hens, but my wife wants a couple high-volume white egg producers for variety).

    Here is the question: are most color strains of Leghorns similar in egg production level? I prefer dark-colored birds since we free range, but would go with the white leghorn if it means more eggs.

  2. blueseal

    blueseal Songster

    Jul 3, 2008
    hi. i have 2 white leghorns just over a year old i got them in may from a farmer and they layed good up until september and one of them started the molt. took a month and right back to laying. cold weather came in november and the other leghorn did her molt. and she hasnt started laying again yet . the one that is laying i get about 5 0r 6 eggs a week from so thats good production. but it is winter and the days are short and i dont add extra light so that could be alot to do with slow egg production. i am letting my flock rest for the winter by not pushing light on them.
  3. Pinky

    Pinky Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    From what I've heard the white leghorns lay more eggs than the other leghorns but the only white leghorn I have is a rooster, but his chicks lay really good even though they're not pure leghorn
  4. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    My experience has been that the White Leghorns lay better than the others.
  5. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Henderson's does say the white lay better than the other colors, but my lone brown leghorn laid 6-7 a week until her molt a couple of months ago. Easy to tell as I have only one white egg layer.
  6. BWKatz

    BWKatz Songster

    May 22, 2010
    Don't know how white compares to brown but my white leghorn lays daily. I have read after the fact that McMurray's has the friendliest leghorns and mine is very friendly and smart. She is a good forager and is the leader of my mixed flock. I know u will enjoy them.
  7. NatureLove11

    NatureLove11 In the Brooder

    Nov 4, 2010
    My leghorns are shy and skittish but i still love them and they are also beautiful. They were a week younger than the rest of my flock of sex links and they began to lay earlier so im very happy with this breed.

  8. Jeeper1540

    Jeeper1540 Songster

    i have 2 White Leggies in my diverse flock, and it is a rare day that neither lay an egg. i guet at least one egg every day, usually 1 from each. one is super skittish and wont let me within 3 feet of it, the other will let me pet it, and hold it for like 4 seconds, but then it wants down. they are nice birds cuz they lay a lot and dont take up much space, but if you want birds that you can just sit down and hold, i wouldn't recommend them. I like Buff Orps and Sex Links, they are pretty friendly
  9. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Songster

    Jul 24, 2010
    Quote:What kind of chicken have you cross with the leghorn rooster? What color is the egg with the cross lay?
  10. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    I have a brown leghorn who was my first to lay. She's just starting up again and has goven 1 about every other day. They are WAY different eggs than my others girls. Shaped like torpedoes and more transparent. She's also the one with the fertile eggs.

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