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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awful meat chickens, flighty, poor nesters, avoid human contact, nervous birds, Leghorn roosters
quick maturity, voracious eaters, fast weight gain, nearly allyearround egg
More than meets the eye
My family has several White Leghorn Chickens. They started laying at around six months of age. They produce large white eggs daily, and they have a generally pleasant demeanor. Some of our hens liked to jump up and propel themselves over the fence to eat the bugs on the other side of the chicken wire. Other than having to catch a few of them once in a while, they are really no trouble. We have a combination of hens and roosters, but our favorite rooster by far was a Leghorn rooster we affectionately named "Foghorn." Foghorn seemed genuinely happy to see us and had a very adventurous spirit. Unfortunately, one day we found that foghorn had a terrible accident. He got his head caught in the top of the chicken feeder. (The feeder is cylindrical with an open top except for a crossbar.) I suppose Foghorn was trying to be creative in the way that he got to his food, but he didn't survive his curiosity. It was a real loss, and the coop will never be the same without him. I know a lot of people don't want to get attached to their chickens or don't believe that's possible, but we fell in love with that rooster. .
From Aphebus Jun 17 2018 1:56AM
Annoying to set up but worth it!
As everyone probably knows, having water always accessible to your chickens is important for their health, but also their egg production. In the south at least, a common issue is your waterer freezing up and having to bust it and re-fill it multiple times a day in the winter. It can be expensive and annoying to install, but a heated waterer is so worth it. It keeps the water from freezing and your flock will always have access to water on it. I only had mine give out on me a couple times over the course of 5-6 years and it saved me enough hassle that I'd consider it worth it..
From Jordan Paul 56 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