Leghorns

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sóley, Oct 22, 2018.

  1. sóley

    sóley Songster

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    What is the different between white leghorn, brown leghorn and black leghorn?

    Is it just the color or does it have anything to do with the laying to?
    Just curious, I have white but I think the brown and black are really beautiful ❤️
     
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  2. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

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    There is much more than a color difference. White Leghorns have been developed to be a production layer. The ones I have had laid, extra large to jumbo eggs almost daily from POL through 1 1/2 year old and then tapered off drastically. The Rose Comb Brown Leghorns I had, laid medium eggs at a rate of 3 to 5 eggs daily from POL through the 1 1/2 years that I had them.
     
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  3. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

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    Feather color. Both Medium size birds. Both white eggs. They both are excellent "fly over the fence" chickens. Brown seems to be more productive.
     
  4. R2elk

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    Both points are true but there is a huge difference in the egg sizes and frequency of laying between the White Leghorn and the other colors. Just check the descriptions at McMurrays.

    White Leghorn - egg size - extra large - egg production - best
    Red Leghorn - egg size - medium - egg production - excellent
    Rose Comb Brown leghorn - egg size - medium - egg production - excellent (not my experience)
    Brown Leghorn - egg size - medium - egg production - excellent

    There does not appear to be much difference between the various color Leghorns but there is a huge difference when it comes to the White Leghorns which have been developed into a production egg layer.
     
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    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

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    I have both white and brown leggies. The only "white egg" layers I have these days. Both breeds are isolated in 2 separate breeding set ups. Various ages but the Browns seem to be more consistent. Thank you for pointing out the differences for me:hugs
    I'm always eager to learn!:wee
     
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  6. Timothy Menezes

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    Leghorns of any color are my all time favorite chicken. If they laid brown eggs they would be perfect!
     

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