Breed Rating (35 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 35)

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I love my chickens :) - Mayra, 13 March 2015

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Worthwhile - Mary, 2 October 2014

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.

bonkers bird! - Jen, 7 April 2014

We have a smallish partridge leghorn hen, she is one of 3 birds we have currently - the others being a bantam ancona and a bantam wyandotte. Skippy is hilarious to have around, she has a strange running gait that looks more like a kangaroo in a hurry (hence the name), and likes to go everywhere at warp speed. She also loves to pester you for food when we eat on the patio, and to trip us up for feed at feeding time. She's friendly and curious, but doesn't want to know if you try to catch her. She will, however, sit on eggs (even if they're not hers!) at the drop of a hat! Wonderful bird to have around!

Bird of Great Value - Karen, 20 March 2014

Our 3 little Leghorns are highest on the pecking order. None of them are cuddly and 2 are totally aloof but the 3rd one is my great buddy. While she doesn't love being picked up and cuddled too often, she is my constant companion. The moment she sees me she comes running to join me in whatever I'm doing. She didn't earn her name - Kitchen Little - until she was about 9-10 months old, when she decided her official job is running in the back door with me to snack on whatever I've left her in the dustpan and cruise the kitchen floor for crumbs. After a minute or 2 she's done and is happy to go outside.

not for the faint hearted - Lisa, 13 January 2014

I have 2 white leghorns and have to say they are not a very friendly chicken. they like their own space (generally as far away from us as possible). They are beautiful birds that i call my leggy blondes as they have beautiful long legs and slender build but they dont like to be handled and tend to be flighty, they are also feisty with our other hens . I have had to clip wings until theyre older as I was surprised how high they can leap from a standing position.

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