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Posts Tagged ‘Livorno’

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 11:04 AM Karen Hood

The Leghorn is a breed of chicken originating in Tuscany, Italy. Birds were first exported to North America in 1828 from the port city of Livorno. They were initially called “Italians”, but by 1865 the breed was known as “Leghorn”, the traditional anglicisation of “Livorno”. The breed was first introduced to Britain from the United States in 1870. White Leghorns are commonly used as layer chickens in many countries of the world. Other Leghorn varieties are less common. They are mostly white, but sometimes have black dots on them. Sometimes people say that they are the best chickens to look after.

Leghorns are good layers of white eggs, laying an average of 280 per year. Leghorns rarely exhibit broodiness and are thus well suited for uninterrupted egg laying. The Leghorn is a light breed that matures quickly, and is an active and efficient forager. Due to their prolific egg-laying, they are the number one breed used for large-scale commercial egg production in the United States.

The Leghorn chicken is just one of the many unique and beautiful birds you can see at Spokane’s premiere Petting Farm, brought to you by Mountain Valley View Farm. We have the following varieties of Leghorn: Pearl-White, Red, Rose Comb Brown, Silver, Single Comb Brown, and White.