Other common names: Livornese Chicken
The Leghorn Chicken originated in Tuscany, Italy and were first exported to the United States in 1852, and then to England in 1870.
According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC), "Leghorns are active, even ambitious chickens. On range they are splendid foragers and small eaters. The breed is prolific, highly fertile, and hardy. Leghorn chickens lay very large numbers of white eggs – in fact, they lay as well or better than other breeds. It is the combination of hardiness, rate-of-lay, and small appetite that about 1870 turned American poultrymen’s heads and won the Leghorn chicken lasting popularity."
The standard sized Leghorn Chicken is the most popular commercial egg producer in the United States, and in many other countries around the world.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb & Rosecomb): Barred, Black, Black Tailed Red, Buff, Columbian, Dark Brown, Gold, Light Brown, Silver, Mille Fluer, White
Uses: Eggs, Ornamental
Bantam: 22 - 26 oz
Largefowl: 4.5 - 6 lbs
Personality: Energetic, alert and afraid of any sudden noise or movement.
Broody: Rarely, occurs with non-white varieties.
Preferred climate: Single Combed Leghorns prefer warm climates. Rosecombs are suitable for any.
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Excellent (5/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Extra Large
What else you should know:
The appearance of the Leghorn has a lot to do with which country it is bred in. In the UK, Leghorns are larger, have higher posture, and are only recognized in the color white. In the USA, Leghorns are a bit smaller, and can be productive animals as well as ornamental.
Leghorns are excellent layers, and should be provided with a diet that has sufficient calcium levels. If your feed is not providing enough calcium, consider adding oyster shells to your hens diets. Hens will lay well for their first year, and are often replaced afterwards.
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A Great Bird
Leghorns are great chickens if you're looking for maximum egg production. They're terrific layers and rarely go broody. However, if you're looking for a backyard chicken you can also interact with, you may want to look elsewhere. They're pretty flighty and generally would prefer to be left alone. They're great at tolerating heat, but not quite as comfortable in cold weather. Great foragers if you're looking to free range, but make sure there's enough bushes and trees to provide cover-- their bright white color can make them easier to be spotted by hawks. .
From abirose Jan 12 2019 4:00PM
Always provide access to fresh water
Chickens are messy. Their water gets dirty quick. This can be a problem because chickens will usually only drink clean drinking water, like the majority of us. They need water in order to lay eggs so I would change their water around twice a day. Once in the morning then in the evening. Its a simple task and will keep the chickens happy, healthy, and laying plenty of eggs!.
From AmberForsythe17 52 days ago
Leghorn Chickens: white eggs
The leghorn chicken is a light weight flighty chicken. They aren't particularly good at foraging and they aren't a good looking bird.
They are good egg layers often laying 250-300 eggs a year. The lay white eggs. White eggs are the exact same as brown eggs except for the pigment in the egg shell. Nutrition wise they are exactly the same but consumers believe that brown eggs are superior.
Because most consumers want brown eggs these birds have no value in a small farm. Leghorns are decent for a small backyard flock because they lay a lot of eggs and are someone elusive to predators. They also aren't good as a pet because they are very skiddish and flighty..
From Drhunt20 Sep 25 2015 3:46PM