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How do you find leghorns?

Thinking of getting leghorns. Please share your experience including noise levels and size of eggs. Much appreciated. J

jp2011
Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Best layers i have.not loud at all but very very flighty

Frankie Mc Govern
Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Thanks Frankie. What are the eggs like? And what colour leghorns have you got?

jp2011
Sunday, July 1st, 2012

I find that they are not very loud,their eggs are very big and they come very often, they are very flighty and hard to catch though. I do think that their combs are a small bit of trouble during cold winters as they get a bit of frost bite sometimes but that can be stopped with a bit of Vaseline.

abutler
Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Got two white leghorns.and there laying for me for over 3years now.of all the hens i have there by far the best layers.lovely big white egg and regular egg layers

Frankie Mc Govern
Sunday, July 1st, 2012

lively little birds v good layers iswell rarely go broody though

SeLoughlin
Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Id say never.thats my experience anyway

Frankie Mc Govern
Sunday, July 1st, 2012

I have two white hens and an Exequer cockerel, I only ever bred them for myself the cockerels from the offspring are usually white and the hens are Exequer but don't have as much black as a full Exequer does. Leghorns lay almost everyday and lay large white eggs. Fertility is very good. They come in a wide variety of colours. They're flighty though and are fast! They don't go broody but there are some rare cases where one might, mine never had though. I have no problems with them atall. When buying make sure they have bright yellow legs, if they're already laying they're legs will be white. Combs should be to the side on hens and straight up on cockerels. Hope this helped

Jimmy O'h
Sunday, July 1st, 2012

comb are only to the side in the american breed of leghorn

Tatebane
Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Well then I have American leghorns

Jimmy O'h
Sunday, July 1st, 2012

I have white leghorns and there combs ly to the side

Frankie Mc Govern
Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Don't know were you heard that Tatebane, Jimmy is correct the hens should have a floppy comb to one side.

Rho b
Monday, July 2nd, 2012

straight comb in a leghorn hen is a fault

pat cody
Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Hi Jimmy , found the same thing when I crossed an ancona cock over white leghorn hybrids.Pullets had the odd black tiped feather while the cocks tended to be pure white, thought it was just a fluke.

decy
Monday, July 2nd, 2012

No not a fluke decy, just the way the genes are I suppose.

Jimmy O'h
Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Never again :-) I had white leghorn hybrids. The flightiest birds I've ever had and quite mean to others. Never stopped eating, but that may have been due to being ex-batts. I couldn't round them up and had to use a cockerel to look after them. Great layers though. Big white eggs and regular one a day. I found the rural buyers didn't want white eggs though. They are lovely looking though and the floppy comb is comical. Good luck!

The_Sirco
Monday, July 2nd, 2012

I have both white and brown...very flighty, but I think their laying ability makes up for it. I always wait til dusk if I need to handle them when they've gone to roost.

Penny Lane
Monday, July 2nd, 2012

There is a brillant website for leghorns, run by the Leghorn club. You will get lots of info from it.
Just goggle Leghorn Club.

Desy
Monday, July 2nd, 2012

I googled Leghorn and I found: https://ecopetlife.com/white-leghorn-hen-and-rooster/

Generally speaking, these are one of the best breeds of chickens I know of

chickenmanmath
Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Where are you based ? I will have white and brown leghorn point of lay pullets at the sale this Sunday if interested

Kildare bring and buy sale
Friday, May 17th, 2019


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