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White Leghorn

History

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.

Behaviour

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.
Varieties
Black, blue (not laced), brown, buff, cuckoo, golden duckwing, silver duckwing, exchequer, mottled, partridge, pyle and white.

​The White Leghorn chickens are very active birds and will be found most of the time scratching the wet soil and flower beds during most the day. The White leghorn chicken are good hunters for bugs and worms. If you find a dunghill or a flower plant base scratched, the credit goes to the Leghorns. They don’t eat much and are splendid foragers. They can withstand cold climates while still laying eggs. White leghorn chickens are highly fertile and show a prolific existence in groups. When it comes to laying eggs, White leghorn chickens succeed their ancestors i.e. they lay numerous white eggs. In fact, it’s their egg laying capacity makes them more competitive to other chicken breeds and valuable for the amount they lay.
The young chicks are very easy to raise and they feather quickly. They are adaptive to almost all soil types. They need to be exposed to an area of wet and muddy soil, just to follow their genetic instincts also scratching. Otherwise, a portion of the poultry shed can be made up of soils for their scratching purpose.
The White leghorn chicken won their heart of farmers by its sprite carriage, long curves and long flowing tail and egg laying.
The White Leghorn Chicken may have single or rose comb. The Roosters weigh around 4 to 6 lbs (1.8 to 2.7 kg) and the females 3 to 5 lbs (1.3 to 2.2 kg). The females can lay 150 – 300 eggs annually. The White leghorn chicken have a good feed-to-egg conversion ratio, needing around 125 grams or .04 ounces per day of feed. They start laying at 4 1/2 to 5 months, and will continue laying 10 to 12 weeks longer than most good layers. The eggs are white in colour, medium to large