Leghorns (help)

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  1. Jenna14Chicken

    Jenna14Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey guys I was thinking about getting a leghorn hen this year but don't no much about them if you guys could help I would thank you very much and post pics of them and their eggs so I no what they look like. What color of eggs do they lay and what size of eggs do they lay? Are they nice and calm and like to be held or not?
     
  2. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My leg horns are white.

    Lay med to large white eggs.

    Smaller body chicken. So not much there if go to butcher.

    Mine seem to be quite flighty. Compared to br and rir.
     
  3. rebrascora

    rebrascora Overrun With Chickens

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    Leghorns lay white eggs.

    I have exchequer (black and white flecked) leghorns which are really pretty but they only lay medium sized eggs and not as often as white leghorns... second year as expected their eggs get a bit bigger. They are flighty and dislike being touched or held but they are curious, quirky little birds and I like them a lot. They much prefer being free ranged to being penned in and they get absolutely everywhere because they are so curious! They can be quite sneaky about where they lay their eggs when they free range too.... I have an egg hunt involving ladders and crawling into small inaccessible places almost every day. It's fun for the first few weeks, but then the novelty wears off a bit. I keep them in an old farm yard with my horses and they have the run of all the stables and sheds and there are many little nooks and crannies where they can hide eggs and because they can fly, they are often up in the rafters. Two of them let themselves out of a tiny hole in the eves of the stone stable I keep them in every morning before I get there, but they come running to see what I've got the minute I arrive.
     
  4. BY Bob

    BY Bob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is Daisy my white leghorn eating out of my hand and sitting in my lap. We got her just after she was feathered. When we first got her, She ran from me and was very flighty. After spending time with her, she now runs to the back door when she hears my voice in the house. She jumps in my lap. I can pet her and she doesn't shy away. We have had several leghorns like her and everyone of them has been friendly. Although Daisy is the first to jump in my lap. I find them to be curious, they seem smart to me, and no other hen that I have, lays like them. Since she started laying 6 months ago she has missed about 4 days. All of my other leghorns were the same, they lay eggs every day. It's a large white egg. The picture below shows Daisy's white egg and the browns from my RIR mixes.

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    Here is a close up of my sweetie with her friend Patsy. I love her rakish comb.

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    BY Bob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will add that their trust has to be earned. They don't just run up and jump in your lap. I had to work with her and teach her that I was her friend.

    Here are her predecessors Trisha and Elphie having some cheesecake.
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    And here's Elphie on a hot summer day.

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  6. Jenna14Chicken

    Jenna14Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok they seem a good type for me according to you guys but the only problem is we don't do free range, We don't have a rooster. I really want a white egg layer to go with brown and blue and a white bird. I've never had one and it has to be common to be able to get her at rural king or tsc.
     
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    BY Bob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got our first leghorns at tractor supply. That's how we got started in this chicken business. My wife just had to have them. The chicks were too cute for her not to have some. I was against getting them because when I was a kid they were my responsibility on the farm. We raised them so we cold eat. I never saw them as anything but an annoyance. Now that we have had them for years, I love them. The leghorns did that with their personalities and intelligence. Chickens are actually fascinating. They do something interesting/funny every day. Spend time with your new chicken and she will return the interest in you. Best of luck to you.
     
  8. Jenna14Chicken

    Jenna14Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much sounds like leghorns are a good breed my problem is the space if leghorns need a lot of space that's a problem we have land but we don't free range and our coop isn't that big for a flighty curious chicken lol
     
  9. Jenna14Chicken

    Jenna14Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    PS I didn't no chickens could eat cheesecake lol
     
  10. feedman77

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    I free range mine. But my leg horns are not dedicated to laying in a nest box.

    They find the most outta the way places to lay. Then mine if you do find where they lay and collect the eggs they move.

    So in my opinion keeping them cooped is the best thing. Unless you like easter egg hunts daily.
     

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