Breed Rating (38 Reviews)



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.


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.


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 38)

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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,

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Worthwhile - Mary,

Our two white bantams look odd compared with our chunky Croad Langshan but they lay better and can't be hurt by grandchildren because they won't allow themselves to be caught. They will feed from my hand though so aren't timid, just not cuddly. During winter their combs shrink so aren't in danger of frost damage. At all times our three bantams sleep in the Eglu but have full range of the fox protected garden during the day. Our vegetables are penned! In winter they live in the greenhouse with access to the outdoors, which they use at most times. But all year round they lay in a wooden coop which we used to use as a travelling coop. Now we take the Eglu when we visit our daughter's Welsh farm and put up the run so that they can be closed in at night. During the day they're not caged but don't travel far from our tiny caravan, which is our base on the farm.

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