Leghorn L/F




The Leghorn takes it’s name from the city of Livorno in Italy, (Leghorn is the German name for Livorno). Leghorns which originated in Italy made their way first to North America around 1835 and then back across the Atlantic to Britain in the 1870s, first the White then the Brown Leghorn followed a few years later, Since then many other colour variations have been developed, including Black, Buff, Blue and Exchequer. All possess a large single comb, but to conform to standards the comb of the hen should flop over in British strains, and with a shorter distinctive fan tail compared to the american strains. The breed has long been one of the most popular in the world thanks to the birds exceptional laying ability, They also do well whether in confinement or free range, They are early to mature and lay lots of Large White eggs (Hybrid/Utility strains will lay around 320+ eggs in the first year) with about the best feed-to-egg conversion ratio of any Pure breed, Hens rarely go broody.

Breed Characteristics:

Key:  1 = low,   5 = high

  • Class:  Large Fowl
  • Purpose:  Laying
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Additional information


Pullets Exchequer, Pullets White