Breeds of Livestock, Department of Animal Science
Poultry Breeds - Leghorn Chickens
- Single Comb Dark Brown
- Single Comb Light Brown
- Rose Comb Dark Brown
- Rose Comb Light Brown
- Single Comb White
- Rose Comb White
- Single Comb Buff
- Rose Comb Buff
- Single Comb Black
- Single Comb Silver
- Single Comb Red
- Single Comb Black Tailed Red
- Single Comb Columbian
Standard Weights: Cock-6 pounds; hen-4-1/2 pounds; cockerel 5 pounds; pullet-4 pounds.
Skin Color: Yellow.
Egg Shell Color: White.
Use: An egg-type chicken, Leghorns figured in the development of most of our modern egg-type strains.
Origin: Leghorns take their name from the city of Leghorn, Italy, where they are considered to have originated.
Characteristics: A small, spritely, noisy bird with great style, Leghorns like to move about. They are good foragers and can often glean much of their diet from ranging over fields and barnyards. Leghorns are capable of considerable flight and often roost in trees if given the opportunity. Leghorns and their descendants are the most numerous breed we have in America today. The Leghorn has relatively large head furnishings (comb and wattles) and is noted for egg production. Leghorns rarely go broody.
Chicken Breeds and Varieties (A2880), John L. Skinner, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Updated November 14, 1996