Leghorn

Breed Rating (39 Reviews)

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History

This chicken originates from The Port of Leghorn in Italy and arrived in Britain in the late 1800s in the white form followed by the brown. They have white earlobes and yellow legs and the eye is red in all colours. The females have a double folded comb, a deep abdomen and a whipped tail. The eyes are prominent and the beak is short and stout. Earlobes are well defined and the wattles are long, thin and fine in texture. Their legs are long and featherless with four toes on the feet with a long straight back toe and the feathers on the body are soft and silky. The Leghorns were one of the breeds used to create the modern battery hybrid layer as they are very productive birds and are able to adapt to all conditions.

Behaviour

Leghorns are prolific layers that rarely go broody and are non-sitters unless left undisturbed. Eggs are white and of good size and are laid throughout the year. Chicks are easy to rear. They feather up quickly, are fast growers and mature quickly. The comb is large so care needs to be taken in cold, frosty weather to avoid frostbite. They can be left to roam freely but are just as happy in a run. They are sprightly, alert birds and can be tamed but not enough to allow handling and prefer to remain rather aloof. They can be rather noisy and will roost in trees given the chance. They are not good as table birds as they aren't very meaty.

Varieties

Black, blue (not laced), brown, buff, cuckoo, golden duckwing, silver duckwing, exchequer, mottled, partridge, pyle and white.

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Latest Reviews For Leghorn (5 of 39)

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White Leghorn - Saeid,

Mediocre behavior / Food is equal to egg - excellent / Size large and large / Can not be obese / Behavior with strangle chicken = war / Egg production up to 330 - second year more than 280 / Very weak against disease / Low temperature is very poor for laying / Strong and active / Unbelievable beauty - very handsome / He sings a lot. Rooster / Roaches sometimes attack humans - very zealous / Long crowns are better for laying /


Absolute gorgeous - Ehsan,

I had many leghorns in past few years. Love them to bits. They are gorgeous with big floppy comb, well they are to me anyway. They lay larger eggs loads of them despite their small body than my other big chickens. I've still got 3 of them (2 brown / 1 white). Beautiful birds, only downside is hard to keep them in the run without clipping their wings which is the last thing I would do. Anyway all in all great egg laying machines.


- Ervin,

White Leghorn - Polly, Northamptonshire,

Daisy was part of my birthday present, bought to replace a couple of 6 year olds. I had read that they're quite flighty, and it's true, she flew across the orchard at head height on her first morning! Judicious wing clipping put an end to that, tho she does try to roost in an old cider apple tree ... but when approached takes herself off to bed in the coop. I think she's absolutely beautiful, almost like a white fantail dove, and she's already laying an egg a day at 21 weeks old. OK, not a cuddly chuck, but I like her so much I'm tempted to acquire another Leghorn, possibly black or brown, when we next have a couple of vacancies in the flock.


I love my chickens :) - Mayra,

this website is amazing!

Breeder Clubs for Leghorn

Leghorn Club

Email: richard.grice7@btinternet.com

Website: www.theleghornclub.com/

Telephone: 01833 660260


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