Leghorn chickens remain perhaps one of the most popular chicken breeds due to their ability to produce approximately 300 eggs per year. Until recently, this breed was the most important in commercial egg production, with approximately 24 recognised varieties. Due to their prolific egg-laying ability, they are preferred by laboratories for embryonic and avian biological research as well as being the number one breed used for large-scale commercial egg production in the United States. The Leghorn originates from Italy and its cross-bred hereditary provides a rarely broody, mobile and efficient scavenging chicken. However, due to their nature, Leghorns do not necessarily make great pets.
Leghorns are noisy birds, somewhat smaller than other breeds although they are larger than the bantam.
Soft feather – light
There are about 13 colours, ranging from black to blue, brown buff, white to mottled.
|Cock||2.8 – 3.4 Kg|
|Hen||2.0 – 2.5 Kg|
Bantam Variety Leghorn
Painting courtesy – A W Van Wulfften Palthe: C S TH Van Ginks Poultry Paintings 1890 1968, World Poultry Science Association, 1992.