Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Sylverfly, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. Sylverfly

    Sylverfly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2009
    Northeastern Michigan
    I was thinking of getting some Leghorns to increase the number of eggs I get. And I was wondering if every breed/color of leghorn was as prolific of a layer as the production white. So what breed/color of leghorns lay the best? How many eggs do you get a week from your leghorns?

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2008
    Quote:There is only one breed of Leghorns-Leghorns. There are however several varieties. As a rule Leghorns will be reasonably good layers But I wouldn't expect any other varieties to lay as well as production bred whites.
  3. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2010
    I would just get the white if lots of eggs are what you want. I have a silver leghorn and since september I have maybe got one egg a week. But my sister has the white leghorns and she gets lots of HUGE white eggs. I'm thinking of getting the whites because they lay so well. I also heard the browns lay well to.
  4. Doug the Chicken Man

    Doug the Chicken Man Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 27, 2009
    Near Ottawa, Ontario
    As was indicated it depends on what the purpose in the end is.
    If all you are after is eggs then any variety is fine just production white has been selectively bread for this.
    Other colors will lay well just not maybe as large or as often. our Dark Browns lay a nice medium egg. up until 3 weeks ago when the molt started it was everyday.
    We have not gotten any eggs from them in 3 weeks now. Also falling in with that is the enviroment they are in. We curretnly have about 12 hrs of light so that plays into the productivity of the birds as well as they naturally slow down in the winter to allow the body to have a rest and replenish as well it takes more energy and resources for the chickens to stay warm.
  5. Sylverfly

    Sylverfly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2009
    Northeastern Michigan
    Well I was after more eggs (customer demand, I’m one of the few people who sells white eggs as well as brown around here). But I really enjoy spending time with my chickens and my production whites are neither friendly nor add much color to my flock. So I was just trying to see how well the other varieties lay, I thought they might be more sociable or at least nicer to look at.
  6. Imagesoart

    Imagesoart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    San Jose
    I have a Danish Brown Leghorn. I thought that she would be a great layer. She is just about a year old. She started laying at 5 1/2 months. Not too much. I got about four eggs a week from her. Then, after the winter months, she laid one really large egg, followed by a really small egg, followed by an egg with no shell. Since those three eggs, nothing! That was February of this year. Otherwise she is healthy. She is now the coop mascot!

    I just got two white leghorn chicks. I can't wait until they start laying!

    They are about two weeks old and are supposed to be hens. Do they have tails that start to go up? Mine are doing that. I have to look at some pictures to see if the others.
  7. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    My leghorns have laid pretty much every day since last year, HOWEVER

    They are nuts
  8. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2010
    I only have one, and when she is not broody she lays every single day - a big white egg. She is a little nutty, but she will squat and let you pick her up and once she is sitting on your lap she totally relaxes and lets you pet her, even falls asleep. She has just hatched out seven babies today!
  9. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    i love my white leghorns very good birds they are sweet depending on how you raise them i babied all mine lol . i usually get eggs from them everyday its either 6 or 7 eggs a week but they are molting now so i get none [​IMG] i suggest you get plain white leghorns there really funny too.
  10. Imagesoart

    Imagesoart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    San Jose
    I did not think they went broody. Although that one I have likes to sit in the nesting box daily. I thought she just liked to stay out of the coop drama![​IMG]

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