The Leghorn Chickens original breed came from Italy, but its varieties originated or were developed in England, Denmark and America. the first imports of the Leghorn Chickens arrived about 1870 from America (white) and the brown a few years later. They had Malay and Minorca blood added to increase body size in the whites.
Characteristics: Leghorn Chickens comprise a group characterized by great activity, hardiness and prolific egg-laying qualities. The females are non-sitters, very few of them exhibiting a tendency to broodiness. They are the best egg layers of the Pure breeds. It featured strongly in the production of the hybrid laying birds that are now used commercially.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.
- Standard Weights: Cock-6 pounds; hen-4-1/2 pounds; cockerel-5 pounds; pullet-4 pounds.
- Skin Color: Yellow
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Use: Commercial egg production.
- Origin: Italy, newer varieties Great Britain
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.