Leghorns with Barred Rocks

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Country Parson, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. Country Parson

    Country Parson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2010
    Bellefontaine, OH
    I have a small flock of various hens (various Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, and a few Golden Comets). Early Spring I'll get several more Barred Rocks (or maybe more Buffs..my daughter likes those).

    BUT...my wife wants some white eggs. She doesn't mind brown eggs, but she indicated she likes variety. I don't want too many white-egg laying chickens, so I thought I might get a few White Leghorns. But, I've heard they can be high-strung. Would they be too aggressive to share coop space with my Barred Rocks & Buffs? I free range for 3 seasons, but everything is in the coop at night and in winter.
  2. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    I have a barred rock and a brown leghorn they get along fine. She is kinda high strung but not aggressive. Does she want green eggs too?
    Some EE might be a good addition
  3. Savannah Poultry

    Savannah Poultry The Source

    Mar 29, 2010
    Lakeview, OR
    It shouldn't be TOO much of a problem. I've had leghorns and they weren't that bad. But no matter what the breed is when new chickens are introduced the pecking order is interrupted and they'll fight for dominance. If you raise them together you shouldn't have a problem at all.
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Although they can be high strung and nervous, leghorns are generally not an aggressive breed. Your larger birds will be more than able to hold their own with leghorns. Qualification: Leghorn roosters can be extremely, obnoxiously human aggressive.
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    My mixed flock includes a brown leghorn hen and now her pullet, the rest of the flock is BR, BO, ee for the most part. I do notice the leghorn is scattier and will stay further away from me, but that's it. By flighty, I think folks mean they are more scared and see things as a threat more and want to get away. I've not heard they're aggressive. My hen is in the middle of the pecking order. I say get a few--personally, I'd get the brown leghorns cause I like the color better than the plain white---but they're really good layers so you'd only need maybe two or three.
    I also like having multiple colors of eggs, just makes me smile [​IMG]
  6. buckaroo's wife

    buckaroo's wife Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2009
    North Central Texas
    Quote:Or not....I have a White Leghorn roo that is a perfect gentleman.....I think it partially depends on how they are raised...
  7. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I have a tractor with Barred Rocks and White Leghorns in it. They seem to get along fine.

    Also have three White Leghorn roosters. They are giving some of the other roosters a hard time as they straighten out the pecking order, but none of them have ever looked cross eyed at me. Which is good because I want them for breeding, but I do not put up with aggressive roosters. Human aggression seems to be more bird and not breed specific.
  8. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    My brown leghorn is the smallest of my flock. She holds her own well, is up there in the pecking order. Won't let me near her, though, and runs the other way if I throw treats. I'd certainly call her flighty, but not at all aggressive.

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