Leghorn chicken characteristics vary according to different breeds of chickens that can be used for meat production. These characteristics are used to differentiate one breed from another and make the production of quality eggs, meat and poultry. Here are some of these differences.
Body Composition The body structure of leghorn chicken is long and lean with a large neck, shoulders and wings. Their heads, necks and legs are covered with long hair. Their breasts are well developed, having a slightly higher degree of prominence than the crow’s. They have long, rectangular talons and torsos that are used for climbing. Breasts are well developed and may have a slight depression over the crest. Legs are short and are used for walking on the ground as well as for roasting.
Typical Information According to historical accounts, leghorn chickens were first introduced to the Italian market around fourteen hundred years ago. They first appeared in the north of Tuscany, being sold as part of a feast for a wedding. They are said to have appeared in France and Germany later on but were mostly used in Italy. They are usually confused with the crow or blue robin, which are actually of Latin origin, although they are also bred in various parts of the world, including Canada.
Egg Shells A full-grown hen will produce five to eight shells depending on their age. It depends on how big the hen is, and how tightly packed her peck is when she lays eggs. The most fertile eggs have a coarser and bigger shell, while those that are not fresh have a finer shell. Leghorn chicken will eat any type of egg, even if it is not her own. A young hen will only eat the breast or whole milk.
Breeding and Caring For most breeds, breeders should be able to provide information on their characteristics, breeding pairs and potential egg production in adults. Different leghorn chicken breeds are characterized by different head colors, body patterns and standard egg production characteristics. Brown leghorn breeds are considered aggressive and should be avoided. They can lay yellowish eggs that are not very pleasant to look at.
How to Properly Raise and Care For Leghorns There are a few things you should know about raising leghorn chicken varieties. They have an extremely high production rate, so if you plan to raise a flock, you will need to build a large flock quickly. The flock should contain around a hundred chickens, but larger flocks can be achieved with only a hundred. Chickens will grow quickly, so purchasing eggs on a regular basis will also help your flock. When deciding how many hens to purchase, keep in mind that young chickens will need extra care because they are less developed than adult chickens. Keep them safe from predators and other animals that may try to prey on them.