I don’t really like the leghorns because I have a beautiful rooster who is so mean, he will chase you through the paddock even up the lawn. He has been treated the same to every other rooster I have bred and still nothing.
Mediocre behavior /
Food is equal to egg - excellent /
Size large and large /
Can not be obese /
Behavior with strangle chicken = war /
Egg production up to 330 - second year more than 280 /
Very weak against disease /
Low temperature is very poor for laying /
Strong and active /
Unbelievable beauty - very handsome /
He sings a lot. Rooster /
Roaches sometimes attack humans - very zealous /
Long crowns are better for laying /
I had many leghorns in past few years. Love them to bits. They are gorgeous with big floppy comb, well they are to me anyway. They lay larger eggs loads of them despite their small body than my other big chickens. I've still got 3 of them (2 brown / 1 white). Beautiful birds, only downside is hard to keep them in the run without clipping their wings which is the last thing I would do. Anyway all in all great egg laying machines.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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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