The Leghorn is a heritage breed that was introduced to the United States around 1870. Although Leghorns come in different colors, the most iconic variety is white. They are a very productive chicken, adapt easily to their surroundings, and can handle pretty much any climate. They love to forage and scratch for their food. Most of the Leghorns around today are an industrial type. You can get the nonindustrial type from small breeders, and they will be hardy, productive, and beautiful to watch, strutting around your yard. According to the Livestock Conservancy, their status is “recovering.”

Danish Brown Leghorn