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White Leghorns, pros & cons??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by lilnursetara, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. lilnursetara

    lilnursetara Out Of The Brooder

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    I just found out that my 6 chicks are White Leghorns. I'd like to hear from other White leghorn owners since I am BRAND new to raising chickens. Pros & cons? Can I put other breeds in the same coop with my white leghorns, if so what breeds get along best?
    Thanks for the info!!
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Pros:
    Light eaters thus cheaper to keep
    Egg laying machines!

    Cons:
    Noisy
    Flighty
    Not too fond of people

    I think any chicken would get along with any other chicken if introduced properly. Good luck to you!
     
  3. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I LOVE my leghorns. My white leghorn is by far the best layer I have ever had in frequency, consistency and size. I plan to get more in the future and would have a whole flock of them if I had the space for more birds. I also feel like the are very curious and a bit braver than my other hens, which I enjoy. They were skittish when I first got them but I was able to tame them with a little effort and they all eat out of my hand now.

    Downside: they can fly very well. Mine can get onto the roof of my house (I learned this durring a neighbor dog incident) and could easily clear a 4 ft fence even with a clipped wing. They do not wander out of sight of the rest of the flock though so while they would go for adventures they would stay close and always go back home. I now have them in a covered run due to hawks but used to free range.
     
  4. lilnursetara

    lilnursetara Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you... I am very excited!
     
  5. shmccarthy

    shmccarthy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first time owning leghorns and so far I love them! Mine are 6.5 weeks old and they are such sweet hearts. All 3 of them are pullets and they jump into my lap when I sit near them. I heard they're pretty frequent layers.
    Edit: this is Luna, resting on my leg

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  6. lilnursetara

    lilnursetara Out Of The Brooder

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    She is very pretty.... I think the white leghorns are beautiful! I want to get some plymouth rocks.... they're gorgeous also.
     
  7. mohawkbrian

    mohawkbrian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pros
    good feed egg ratio
    egg laying machine
    not aggressive
    handsome
    cockerels crow is very loud

    cons
    flighty
    not for the inexperienced
    Can be bullied
    non sitters
    noisy
     
  8. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am curious as to why you list them as not for the inexperienced? I ask because I started with white leghorn pullets as my very first birds and did not experience them to be difficult to have any special needs other than a higher fence. Having now experience a number of other breeds I consider the leghorns to be one of the easier. Just wondering what your experience has been?
     
  9. mohawkbrian

    mohawkbrian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Different strains behave differently but usually leghorns are timid and flighty and so not for the inexperienced but as with anything there are exceptions. You may have spent tine with yours building up trust .
     
  10. lilnursetara

    lilnursetara Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are some updated pictures of my white leghorns at 4.5 weeks.
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