Our white leghorns have proven to be great egg layers. I know lots of people say leghorns are flighty and tend to be nervous, but ours are friendly and curious. In fact they are downright docile. Leghorns as a family, originated in the Mediterranean as an egg-laying species. They have a big, floppy comb that gives them a comical look, but it can get frostbite in the winter, so I always cover my leghorn's combs with petroleum jelly. White leghorns do stand out while they're grazing so it's nice to supply them with some cover to prevent predator attacks.
We've got three Barred Rocks which are easily our favorite chickens. And that's hard to say since we like everyone in the flock! Barred Rocks were developed in New England in the early 1800's. And, I can't say enough about this breed. They are cold hardy and aren't bothered by the heat either. They are the quiet workhorse of a flock, laying brown eggs through most of the week. These are a dual purpose bird, so they can be used as eggers and as meaters. But ours are so dear, we could never eat them.
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