Chicken Breed Profile

Courtesy USDA


Available in standard and bantam varieties, Leghorns were first developed in Italy. The breed gets its name from the Italian city of Leghorn (also known as Livorno), where it originated. Leghorns come in two recognized colors: white and pearl white. Breeders have experimented with creating other colors, including brown and blue. .

Weight: 6 to 7 pounds

Urban Uses: Leghorns are known for their egg-laying abilities and can provide four eggs a week.

Egg Size: Large (standard type)

Second Thoughts: Leghorns tolerate confinement, so they are a good breed for an urban coop. They are intelligent and friendly if handled from a young age.

Breed Association: American Brown Leghorn Club, American Bantam Association, American Poultry Association

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