- Brown Leghorn Chicken
Admitted to the American Standard of Perfection in 1874 and originates from Italy, Denmark, and England. The Leghorn breed of chicken is very athletic, mature early, are hardy, non-sitters and lay very nice large/X large white eggs. Leghorns are good layers of white eggs, laying an average of 280 per year and sometimes reaching 300–320.They have a good feed-to-egg conversion ratio, needing around 125 grams per day of feed. This chicken breed is great for free range chicken farming or organic free range chicken eggs. Leghorns rarely exhibit broodiness and are thus well suited for uninterrupted egg laying. The Leghorn is a light breed that matures quickly and is not considered a viable meat producer. Leghorns are active and efficient foragers and are one of the best for free range chickens that can avoid predators. They typically avoid human contact and tend to be nervous and flighty. The Brown Leghorn chicken breed is one of many great heritage chicken breeds for sale online at Cackle Hatchery®.
We also offer at limited times of the year Brown Leghorn Fertile Hatching Eggs
Brown Leghorn Projected Availability
PLEASE NOTE: This availability chart is updated periodically and does not reflect the availability of in-store poultry and does not represent a guarantee of shipping date.
We hatch/ship February - September of each season. See Calendar.
We schedule all orders to ship ASAP when the entire order is available. If you would like to delay your order, you can specify your delay date at checkout.
There is an additional small order fee ($20) charged for orders of only 3-14 poultry. We do not ship less than 3 poultry.
- Poultry Show Class: Mediterranean Class
- Weights: Hen -------4 1/2 lbs Rooster----6 lb
Pullet-------4 lbs Cockerel---5 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Egg Laying; Production
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Egg Production: 220-300 eggs per year (estimates only, see FAQ)
- Egg Size: Large to Extra Large
- Temperament: Very Active
- Gender Accuracy: 80-85%
- Fertility Percentage: 60-75%
- Broody: Non Setter
- Mating Ratio: 12 Females to 1 Male
- Roost Height: 4 to 8 feet
- Country of Origin: Italy
- APA: Yes, Recognized by American Standard of Perfection in 1874.
- ALBC: Recovery chicken breed status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed
- BREEDER FARM SOURCE: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline or strain of pure Brown Leghorn since 1976.
Thanks Review by Robert C
We ordered 50 birds back in july. 15 easter eggers, 10 Jersey giants, 10 Buffs, 5 Leg horns, 5 welsumers, and 5 marans. All of the birds arrived alive which is amazing since we are located in hawaii! I would like to point out that they give you a full list of what you ordered/ got extra which was a really nice touch. We lost one bird at a few days old but Cackle sent us 60 birds instead of 50 so it wasn't an issue. I would like to mention we ordered 10 roos that were all marked on their heads with paint which was amazing. Fast forward a few months. all of the birds made it besides that one we lost in the first few days. We have a few extra roos that we didnt order but I think they gave them to us because we ordered 5 buff roos and 5 jersey roos but zero egger roos. Also, all of the birds are very healthy and all seem to be growing to breed standards. I couldn't be happier with my order. I have ordered from other hatcheries in the past and I have had many issues (wrong chickens, dead/ sick birds, bad packaging, the list goes on) none of those issues happened when I ordered from cackle. With all of that being said they are still a hatchery and the birds aren't going to be the cream of the crop to say but they are damn close! If you want a decent flock with beautiful birds and you don't want to pay an absurd price to a private breeder cackle is your one stop shop! (Posted on 10/30/2019)
Thanks! Review by angel
I would like to take the time and thank Cackle Hatchery. My chicks arrived and all alive and healthy. I can say that I will not order from anyone but you. I've ordered from other hatcheries and not the same satisfaction that I have with Cackle. Thank you so very much. Will always have my business. Your the #1 best of all. (Posted on 8/8/2018)
100 male Chicks Review by Toua Xiong
All arrived safe and sound. Super active and healthy. I do recomend following up on insteuctions even though we may all have our brooding down, theres still exception. I did lose 1 baby of the 108 shipped due to heat exhaustion and not knowing how to drink. Almost lost a 2nd one, but was able to teach it to drink. It's easy to over watch a small group that everyone is drinking but with a group of 100+8extra it's essential to dip each chick individually. But over all I am VERY impress with packaging and delivery and health of babies. Highly recommended. (Posted on 7/29/2018)
Eggcellent free-rangers!! Review by Anya
I ordered 3 brown leghorns that hatched on July 24th, 2017. They were in perfect health when we received them and have stayed that way. They are the perfect breed for free-ranging and will give you wonderful orange egg yolks! They started laying later than I expected, at about 23 weeks. They usually give us 2 beautiful eggs a day, sometimes 3 (once we got 4 eggs from the 3 of them!). They are definitely a nervous breed, so they aren't great as pets. But the upside of that is that if you want some GREAT free-rangers, this is the breed for you!! (Posted on 1/28/2018)
Excellent Show Quality Breeds Review by Riggins
I just wanted to say thank you so much for the wonderful chicks I received of several breeds. I noticed with these particular chicks compared to other hatcheries was how healthy they were. I recommend to everyone. Thanks Again!!
(Posted on 8/8/2017)
Exceptional Service! Review by Juan
I placed my order on June 8th, 2017, on the 9th I received an email and a phone calle informing me that the chicks were going to be ship on the 12th and they should be arriving in Puerto Rico on the 14th. I got the phone call from the post office on the 14th at 7:00 AM and all the chicks arrived in excellent conditions. I am surprise on how fast the brown leghorns are growing, they are 10 days old and they are already flying out of the brooder. I haven't lost a single chick, they are very active and energetic. Thanks again Cackle... (Posted on 6/23/2017)
Highly recommend Cackle Hatchery :) Review by Kim
I ordered 12 Brown leghorn and 18 other chicks received them happy and healthy with 3 extra in the box. I am so happy with Cackle Hatchery Thank you :) (Posted on 2/17/2017)
Very Happy! Review by Dickman brothers
We ordered 10 of these hens from cackle, but through efowl, along with 30 Cornish crosses. We had one poor girl die in transit but we still have the 10 we paid for and haven't lost one of them since. The girls are alittle over 6 weeks old but are already getting the speckles on the backs of their necks and the lighter coloring on their chests. They are so lively and ready to get out there and free range that we are having to come up with new ways to keep them from getting out of their little pin! Overall couldn't be more happy with cackle and out chicks! Can't wait for our next order. (Posted on 5/14/2016)
SUPER CHICKS!! Review by MARKY
PLACED AN ORDER FOR 50 PULLETS AND GOT A FEW EXTRA'S. ALL ARE DOING FINE...THESE ARE THE SPUNKIEST CHICKS I EVER HAD. I ALWAYS GET GREAT CHICKS FROM YOU FOLKS. THANKS SO MUCH... (Posted on 5/9/2016)
Wonderful Birds!!! Review by Jordan
I got 6 of these wonderful chickens from the 4h chick-chain program. They instantly became my favorites. While they are very flighty and are very nervous, they are sweet birds. They are now about 9 months old and are fervent layers. They outlay my 11 brown egg layers almost every day. My next flock will come from you guys. (Posted on 2/11/2016)
Dear Cackle Hatchery Review by Eva, Linn County May 2012
I just wanted to write a quick not to say THANK YOU! Thank you so much for your support to the Linn County Poultry Show! This was my fourth year showing poultry. In March I purchased some chicks from you and when they came in I was amazed at how healthy they were! I won a Blue Ribbon on a pair of Brown Leghorns which I purchased from you and the judge commented on how purebred the rooster was! Thank you! (Posted on 12/7/2015)
Our order Review by Nannette, Wyoming March 2012
Your baby chicks arrived on time and in great shape. They are settling in nicely. Thank you for doing a great job at the hatching and sending part. And we really appreciated the very helpful descriptions regarding bird/breed characteristics. GOOD JOB!...WELL DONE! (Posted on 12/4/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Jill, Indiana April 2013
Just wanted to tell you that we received our chicks midday on the 17th..and all were perfectly perfect and adorable! Thanks soooooo much for working with us on a quicker ship date:) (Posted on 11/30/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Anne Kansas July 2010
I wanted to thank you for your help with our poultry order this year. It was was disheartening to lose so many chicks and I really appreciated you calling me personally to do some troubleshooting. I also want to thank you for the beautiful replacement chicks you sent. They are doing fine and it was so nice to get to try some of the breeds that were sold out before. As a side note I was to say how impressed I am with your Spitzhaubens. They are perky, energetic and extremely friendly. Plus they are a treat to look at! Thank you for your top notch service, personal attention and prize-winning birds. (Posted on 11/20/2015)
Thanks Review by Denny Arkansas April 2015
I would like to say I am happier with the chickens i got from your Hatchery than any others I have raised, I have kept chickens for the last 25 years and this flock is the best. They are docile and right now I am getting 18-20 eggs per day from 24 hens. You can bet when I recycle these girls I will be ordering from you again. Once again Thanks. (Posted on 11/11/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Russell Oklahoma May 2014
We received the chicks in very good order. Thank you (Posted on 11/11/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Michael Georgia February 2014
Just a quick thank you. Once again your company delivered a box full of live healthy and vibrant chickens. All arrived doing fine. We ordered 60 and we're not disappointed with the chicks in the least. Thanks to Cackle sending a few more chicks for warmth than we ordered.
We ordered Egyptian for the first time. They are the most active chicks I have ever seen. The special heavy assorted was a great bargain. The chicks were even marked as requested!!!. You have earned my business once again. I have shared your catalog with friends and relatives and will continue to do so. Thanks again and keep up the excellent service. (Posted on 11/10/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Kathryn California May 2014
I just wanted to say thank you. I have always been very happy with the poultry I have received from you. I also want to thank you for going through the trouble to cancel my order. I have been ill and only yesterday learn it was rather serious. I hope it will be okay to place orders again with you in the future. I do hope to support your business again in the future by placing order and continuing making people happy locally and meeting new friends by providing breeds that aren't available locally. Thanks, and good wishes to all at Cackle. (Posted on 11/10/2015)
Safe Arrival!! Review by Allison Tennessee July 2015
I just wanted to take a moment to say thank ALL ya'll at the hatchery for my beautiful new babies. Each and every one arrived safely and healthy and perfectly beautiful! Truly precious! Your shipping was fast efficient and absolutely excellent. I am so pleased with the communication for pick-up. Your services exceed my expectations and I will definitely be a regular customer. I must go now and check on the babies...better than color TV!!! (Posted on 11/9/2015)
Baby Chick Shipment Review by George, Washington June 2014
Picked up my 35 chicks at 7:30 AM at the post office and all the chicks made it ok! I really like the size of the container and the type of bedding. The postal agent said I am lucky as they received a box shipment of 200 chicks a few days ago and all but one was dead from over crowding. I wonder how any experienced hatchery could do that. Doesn't make sense to me. Thanks for the timely shipment. Best regards (Posted on 11/9/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Janie, Missouri May 2014
I received my chicks today and found all but 1 made it alive not bad odds for ordering 70 chicks. Thank you for the chicks and I am looking forward to ordering more. (Posted on 11/9/2015)
Cackle Review by Kristi Texas May 2011
Thank you so much for sending such a GREAT order of chicks! They all arrived in great shape and began eating and drinking right away. Thanks again and I'll be happy to recommend Cackle Hatchery to anyone! (Posted on 11/4/2015)
Thanks Review by Hans, South Carolina May 2011
Your shipment of chicks arrived this morning. All birds are healthy and in great condition. They were hungry and went for feed and water right away as if they knew the place all along, Again thanks for a pleasant experience doing business with you. I will always contact you for any future purchases first! (Posted on 11/4/2015)