Leghorn (Non-White)

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    The Leghorn is a breed of chicken originating from Tuscany, central Italy, and was exported to North America in 1828. Although this particular breed of chicken was initially named Italians, it acquired the traditional English equivalent of the term Livorno in 1865.

    Non-White Leghorn is classified as Mediterranean class and comes in large fowl and bantam. Like the rest of its class, these chickens are of medium build with large red wattles and combs that are in contrast to its white earlobes. They are good foragers and layers, though these non-white Leghorns pale in comparison to the egg-laying abilities White Leghorns possess.

    There is no definite answer as to where the Leghorns originated. Although some speculations did arise that based on its physical characteristics, it seems to have originated from light breeds native to rural Tuscany. In 1874, the American Standard of Perfection recognized Leghorn as an official breed with three color varieties - white, brown and black. Later in 1981, the colors silver, buff, rose combo black and golden duckwing were added.

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