Archive for April, 2013

Leghorn Chickens

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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.

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Langshan Chickens

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

 


Source Wikipedia Commons
Author Outback hens at English Wikipedia

The Langshan chicken is named after the district of China from which it originated. In 1872, Major F.T. Croad imported the breed into Britain. The Croad Langshan Club was formed in Britain in 1904. As with many other breeds, numbers declined after the Second World War and eventually the breed was left without a breed club in the UK. It was rescued by the Rare Poultry Society until in 1979 the club was reformed. Langshans were also imported to North America in 1878 and admitted to the standard in 1883. White Langshans were admitted to the standard ten years later in 1893. There are three varieties of Langshans that have been accepted to the US standard – Black, White, and Blue.

In the early 20th century Croad Langshans became a popular utility breed, doing well in laying trials. The hens lay 140-150 eggs a year and are good winter layers; the eggs are dark brown with a plum-coloured bloom. The hens are excellent sitters and mothers. Croad Langshans are easily tamed and adapt well to both confinement and free range. They do well in sheltered conditions and dry soils but are not well suited to very exposed conditions. Under suitable conditions they thrive well and are very productive. Their flesh is fine in texture and of excellent quality.

The Langshan 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 both black and white varieties.

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