May 22, 2012
When a friend was overwhelmed with her chickens, we agreed to help. So now we have three white leghorns joining our five Rhode Island reds.
These leghorns are a different bird altogether. The breed originated in the Tuscany region of Italy. Known as great egg layers, they rarely display broodiness (unlike certain other RED hens who shall remain nameless), which is fine because who needs hens hanging around the nest all day!
The three of them sleep together in a lump of chicken-ocity on the ground. So far there has been no sign of competitive inter-breed hostilities, but we are keeping a close eye on this.
The reds are a bit squat but the whites are quite tall, even at three months, towering over the reds. I know the whites remind me of something I’ve seen before, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.