Buff Leghorn

 

Origin of Breed:

The origins of the Leghorn are not clear; it appears to derive from light breeds originating in rural Tuscany. The name comes from Leghorn, the anglicisation of Livorno, the Tuscan port from which the first birds were exported to America and were initially known as "Italians". They were first referred to as "Leghorns" in 1865, in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Buff Leghorns were first seen in Denmark in 1885, and in England in 1888.

 

Characteristics of the Breed

Most Leghorns have single combs; rose combs are permitted in some countries, but not in Italy. The legs are bright yellow, and the ear-lobes white.

 

Laying Ability

Leghorns are good layers of white eggs, laying an average of 280 per year and sometimes up to 300 –320 per year. The eggs are white and weigh a minimum of 55gms.