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Leghorn
Pullit
Leghorn Pullet

Rarity

Common

APA Recognized

Yes

Comb

Two comb varieties exist in Leghorns:Single comb and Rose comb. Both are Bright Red.

Size

Medium, Rooster:6 lbs Hen:4.5 lbs Bantam Rooster:26 oz. Bantam Hen:22 oz.

Egg Production

Very Good 4-5 times /wk

Egg Color

White

Origin

Italy

Crested

No

Feathered Feet

No

Frequent Broody

No


Leghorns are a common Mediterranean breed of chicken, known for their large eggs. They are most commonly used for egg production. Originating in Italy, in 1865 they were named after the city Livorno, which translates to Leghorn in English.

TemperamentEdit

Leghorns are often very nervous, flighty, and are not docile. It is very rare to find a docile leghorn, though they can be tamed. However nervous, they are very active foragers. They are often the first to understand how to use a nesting box and what they are for. They bear confinement quite well, but as with all breeds, must be able to satisfy their natural instincts for proper health. They rarely go broody.also after a year they start becoming more nervous and there health starts detereiting.

Egg ProductionEdit

Leghorns are renowned for their egg production, and are the number one breed kept in commercial egg producing establishments for this purpose. Their eggs are an extra large white, and typically laid about 4-5 times a week. They are very reliable layers, laying on average 280-300 eggs a year. Leghorn cockerels are often used as fryers for the dinner table. They will begin to lay at about 4 1/2-5 months and will continue to lay 10-12 months longer than most layers.

Showing InformationEdit

Leghorns are not usually used for showing, for they do not have any "special" features. They have a single comb and four toes. They are not crested, do not have feathered feet, or extra toes.

Recognized VaritiesEdit

Currently, the recognized varities are:

WhiteEdit

Pearl White

White

Non-WhiteEdit

Brown

Dark Brown

Light Brown

Buff

Silver

Black-Tailed Red

Columbian

Golden Duckwing

ReferencesEdit

My Pet Chicken: Leghorn (Non White)

My Pet Chicken: Leghorn (White)

Purely Poultry: White Leghorn Chickens

Murray McMurray: The Pearl White Leghorn

Wikipedia: Leghorn (chicken)

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