Turn feed dollars into white eggs! Add White Leghorns to your backyard chicken breeds!
Production: White Leghorn pullets are the industry standard white egg layers that produce all of the eggs for the grocery stores worldwide because they most cost-effectively convert feed into eggs. They are also the best white egg-laying chicken breed for the backyard flock as well. Leghorns lay very large white eggs. Production Leghorns are great white egg layers that are highly efficient at converting feed into eggs for the table. Leghorns will start laying eggs at about 20 weeks old which is very early. Pullets will lay about 300 white eggs per year. Leghorns have yellow skin. Leghorn cockerels can be used as fryers for the dinner table.
Temperament: White Leghorns are very active and flighty birds. They are not the tamest and friendly. When you walk into the coop they can be more difficult to catch because they are quick and agile. White Leghorns are non-setters that do not set on their eggs.
History: In 1853 The breed was part of the first Standard of Excellence published by the American Poultry Association in 1874.
APA Class: Mediterranean
Color Description: Some hatcheries use the term pearl white leghorn to make their leghorns seem extra special but all white leghorns are the white color.
Conservation Status: Nonindustrial Leghorns are recovering which means that there is more than 5,000 breeding stock in the US but it still needs to be watched. Our White Leghorn strain is the industrial strain that is the most popular egg layer chicken breed in the world.
Body Type: Exhibition-type leghorns have a long flowing tail and long bodies. Hatchery-type leghorns are shorter-bodied and not being bred for a specific body style.
Weight: Cockerel 5 lbs, Pullet 4 lbs
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