leghorns

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by andy, May 23, 2007.

  1. andy

    andy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi i was just wandering what white leghorns are like..i have 3 in the incubater ..are they good layers ?as good as rir ?are they a friendly breed ?,,a pretty breed ?..as ive only seen them on the net? do they have larger combs than most normal breeds? and this might sound stupid..but a normal super market egg is brown, yeah ,well it is in england..so is a white egg just as tasty..?
     
  2. equine chick

    equine chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Leghorns here in usa are prolific white egg layers. They are very flighty though. I recently bought 4 brown leghorns and can't wait til they are old enough to lay. They are a lil more flighty than the others in the flock but no as bad as i thought they would be, but i handle them daily. I think the egg taste would be about the same as the brown eggs.
     
  3. chrissieg

    chrissieg Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just love leghorns. They are brilliant egg layers (300 pa is quoted). The pullets have floppy combs rather like a french beret, and mine have always flown to me, but always a bit wary of closer contact. As for white eggs, they have HUGE yolks and Delia loves them! They also look good when you mix them with the other colours. I have just hatched a replacement for foxy's takeaway and have more in the incubator!!
     
  4. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens

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    Leghorn hens are flighty but we think they are smart. They don't tame easily but our White Leghorn roo, Whitey, just lost his life defending his flock. He, in contrast to the hens, was pretty tame and quiet. He did so many funny, smart, and amazing things that I am considering writing a short story about him. And he was the best flock leader we ever had, as far as knowing how to protect them. They are also fairly hardy and long lived; Whitey was ten and still going strong, and our three pure bred White Leghorn hens were getting up there, too; two died from accidental causes but the third lived to be about eight; I think she died from stress related causes, actually. I recommend them highly! We have some white leghorn crosses now, which, so far, seem pretty hardy. White Leghorns do have big combs, though, and seem to be more prone to frostbite on their combs then some other breeds.
     
  5. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens

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    A friend of mine has some great pictures of my beautiful Whitey dude (gawd, I can't stop thinking about him!) When she returns we will post them so you can see how handsome he was. Brown leghorns are very pretty, too.
     
  6. DementedHam

    DementedHam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The eggs are all yummy! They are kind of jumpy around people though. I have a white leghorn hen and they are nice although semi-shy. They are good layers, almost everyday if not everyday! About the comb, mine has a single comb that folds. They either come like that or with a comb that is not visible. Hope you have fun with your chickens![​IMG]
     
  7. chrissieg

    chrissieg Chillin' With My Peeps

    I must add too that they have really smooth 'weatherproof' feathers. Mine always looked immaculate even in the rain, whereas the rest of the flock looked like sponges! Probably good for English weather!! [​IMG]
     
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  8. andy

    andy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh sorry to hear about whitey chickmania..im sure he died proud,,thanks for all your responce,,im gonna gonna take some photos and try and put them on here..il show you all my new coop that i made aswell..chow chickers
     
  9. Hotwings

    Hotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicknmania-please to post your pictures and stories of your beloved Leghorn roo Whitey. I would love hearing them.
     
  10. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a brown and white leghorn. They are very consistent egg layers. They are our first chickens to go the hen house for the night and the last to leave in the morning. As far as their eggs I actually prefer them to the brown eggs. I will eat white eggs when I poach them the yolks are a bright orange and very tasty. The brown eggs from our RI, Barred Rocks, and sex-links we use for baking and scrambled eggs. They definitely have a different personally than the rest, somewhat independent and not as sociable.
     

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