Leghorn chickens : Single Comb Buff Leghorns, Single Comb Brown Leghorns, Silver Duckwing Leghorns, White Leghorns
Leghorns lay medium to large white eggs and are well known for their egg laying abilities (in the late 1970s a white leghorn set a world record of 371 eggs in a year). They originally came from Italy but became popular in America in the first half of the 19th century and are believed to have spread to England and other countries from the leghorns bred there. They were originally imported from Italy in “all colors except black” but it was the White leghorns and Brown leghorns that were the first to really take hold. Later Buffs, Blacks and Duckwing leghorns were developed in England and exported back. Leghorns mature quickly and the girls are likely to start to lay at around 4 months old. Very rarely will a leghorn hen go broody and they are hardy to the weather so with good care and conditions should lay throughout the year (apart from during moult).