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Raising Chickens: Tips to Raising Chickens

Raising Chickens: Tips to Raising Chickens


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  • Raising White Leghorn Chickens, The Prolific White Egg laying Machine

    White Leghorns, Layers of Large White Eggs

    Leghorns are good layers of white eggs laying an average of 280 per year and sometimes reaching 300–320. , You can tell the white egg laying breeds by the white ear lobe with the exception of chickens like the Barred Hollands that have red ear lobes and lay a white colored egg. Most brown egg layers have red earlobes.

    The Leghorn is a light breed that matures quickly; it is not considered a viable meat producer.

    Leghorns are active and efficient foragers. They have a good feed-to-egg conversion ratio, needing around 125 grams per day of feed. They typically avoid human contact and tend to be nervous and flighty.

    Due to their prolific egg-laying, they are the number one breed used for large-scale commercial egg production in the United States.

    You will find that the greatest majority of white eggs in the supermarket have come from the White Leghorn Chicken.

    Many people ask what the difference in white and brown eggs are and what the difference in Store bought and eggs from farm raised or free range chickens.

    Well if you were to ask Grandma you will probably get a definite answer or at the very least her side of the argument as to which one is better and to which one she prefers. And you probably wont change her mind.

    What it basically comes down to is personal preference. I like eggs from my farm Free ranged chickens. They are better flavored due to the bugs they eat fro protein and the different foods that I feed them.

    When it comes to white or brown, dark brown or even blue eggs, I really have no preference I guess except that like my grandma I guess I will choose a white egg. Not sure why though. But as far as nutrition and taste not a lot of difference. Many folks will say they can taste a huge difference from white and brown eggs. Many will only buy Brown eggs, and many say they just cant get past the thinking that eggs should be white so they stick to white.

    My family eats them all including the duck eggs but that is another story all it’s own

    Leghorns rarely exhibit broodiness and are thus well suited for uninterrupted egg laying. But I have had them go broody and hatch out a clutch of eggs. When they do they make good very protective mothers. I also raise Anconas and Blue Andelusians which are very similar to the leghorn in size and characteristics and also lay white eggs.

    If you want a lot of eggs and a good free range chicken pick up a few leghorns, They just do not stop laying large white eggs.

    Not recommended so much for the pet factor as they tend to be very flighty and hyper active.

    You can also check out Heritage Poultry Breeders Association of America or HPBAA for more information HPBAA is Heritage Poultry Breeders Association of America. They are protecting and preserving American Heritage Poultry and Rare Breeds



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