White Leghorns


Excellent white egg layers. Bred to start laying at 22-24 weeks of age, and will lay longer in the season than most other breeds.

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The White Leghorn is an excellent layer of white eggs – it is the only white egg layer that we carry. Most of the white eggs sold in the US are from a variety of different White Leghorns. We sell them starting at 15 weeks old – and (depending on how much daylight they get) they can start laying as early as 22 weeks. So about the time they get settled into your flock, you’ll be getting eggs.

The Leghorn name is a bit of a misnomer. The breed originated in Tuscany – a region in central Italy. From there they were introduced into the United States in 1870 and were referred to as ‘Italians’, but later became known as Leghorns, a mispronunciation of the western Italian port of Livorno. Averaging more than 280 eggs a year, no matter how you pronounce it the Leghorns are a great addition to your flock.

Ours come from Leghorns breed for egg production – they will be great producers.

Are White Leghorns aggressive?

They are not particularly aggressive, skittish or flighty is probably a better description. They don’t seem to enjoy human company, and are often looking for a way to get away. But they can be trained to come with feed and treats.

Are White Leghorns cold hardy?

The White Leghorn is not a heavy breed and with the large single comb will require adequate protection during colder weather.

Are White Leghorns Good Layers?

They are among the best egg layers with an average of 280 eggs a year.

Are White Leghorns good to eat?

There is not much meat on a White Leghorn. An old hen would be very good for making broth from.

Do White Leghorns Fly?

The White Leghorns are definitely fliers. They like to roost high and will certainly challenge a 4 foot fence. This tendency to fly helps them stay away from predators.

Do White Leghorns tolerant heat?

The White Leghorn, being a lighter bird with a large single comb, is very heat tolerant. Like all chickens, they must have shade and fresh water in the heat of summer.

How many eggs a year do White Leghorns lay?

The White Leghorn average 280 eggs a year, and some will reach 300-320 eggs per year. Egg laying is highly nutrient dependent, so your milage may vary.

Will White Leghorns Go Broody?

White Leghorns rarely go broody, and when they do, they rarely will stick with it long enough to hatch out eggs. If they hatch out eggs, they tend to be poor mothers.

What color eggs do White Leghorns lay?

The White Leghorn lays a white egg

What size of eggs do White Leghorns lay?

Most White Leghorns lay a large to jumbo size eggs

Are White Leghorns good free rangers?

White Leghorns are excellent foragers and very wary of what is around them. They alarm easy and when threatened look for ways to escape. These characteristics make them excellent free rangers.