Brown Leghorn Chicken

(33 customer reviews)

As low as: $2.80

Hatching on May 29, 2024

Order now for estimated delivery by June 1, 2024.

  • Brown Leghorn – Sold as Baby Chicks Only
       Minimums – Not Sexed = 3 
                          Female = 3
                          Male = 1    
                                Total of 3 birds to ship   

Seasonal/Shipped Feb thru September


Breed Facts

  • 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.
  • TLC: 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.


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, 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


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33 reviews for Brown Leghorn Chicken

  1. crazy4poultry

    In early March 2023 received Brown Leghorns as part of my larger order. My order consisted of:
    6 Dominique pullets
    6 New Hampshire pullets
    3 Brown Leghorn pullets

    I received a total of 4 Brown Leghorns: 3 pullets, 1 cockerel.
    Two of the pullets grew naturally and are strong robust birds. But the last pullet was a runt. She at one point was ⅓ the size of the others. She constantly made distress calls, was usually cold and walked in a funny way. I considered culling but let her live. She has filled out to look mostly normal, but her feet are smaller in proportion than the other two pullets, and I have yet to confirm if she even lays. The rooster grew at a good rate, but when young he was consistently sitting down and would not move. His feet also are smaller in portion than what I would expect.
    They are very active birds. The two normal pullets like to fly over the fence to “greener pastures.” They are high strung, and do not enjoy being close to people. They do forage very well though and their browns blend in well with shrubs, bushes, and grasses.
    The first egg was laid at just 18.5 weeks, but I have not been impressed with their lay rate. It has not been as good as expected. And their eggs are not as large as expected either. They range closer to the Dominique’s eggs in size than the New Hampshire’s.
    The coloring on them is beautiful, especially the rooster. And I have never had the rooster show any aggression to people. He is also a very attentive rooster to his pullets.
    While I have enjoyed them, and they are a different flavor than dual purpose chickens I have had, and they are fun to watch, they did not meet my expectations.

  2. Dave Dawson

    I’ve just received my first order and they are brown leghorns. All seem happy and healthy, took to water and starter right away. Thank you for your service, I’m looking forward to my June order arriving!
    Again, thank you and keep up the great work

  3. jessicacohen2021

    I have 3 Brown Leghorn hens, going on two years now, knock on wood, they are great layers, they keep the yard free of ticks, and their incubated eggs produce a very high rate of healthy chicks. They don’t seem to eat much from the feeder, and are among the first to roost at night. I never have to hunt around for them. I have a 1 year old BL cockerel as well, who makes the funniest noises, like a Minion. His feathering is quite handsome. He is not aggressive and so far gets along in the flock even though there are other roosters. He tends to hang out with the hens his age inside the barn.

  4. Janey Welch

    I am so in love with my Brown Leghorns from Cackle Hatchery! They are healthy and actually very bold and inquisitive. They will fly up on my knee and even on the back of my huge dog! Maybe the occasional scrambled eggs hand fed helps? I ordered one cockerel, Moses, and 14 pullets and received an extra pullet. Lucky Moses and lucky me!
    I love the white ones I got from you last year because they are hard working ladies and also friendly and healthy. I can’t wait to see how beautiful they grow up to be.

  5. didden39

    I ordered three of this breed to be included in my last order, and I find myself wishing I had ordered many more. The brown leghorns that arrived in my shipment were extremely active and robust, and have remained so as they’ve grown. They’re quick to size up potential dangers, and are the first to recognize and pounce on potential food. I can see why this breed is recommended for a free range flock!

  6. john-5706

    I ordered 36 birds This Breed and 6 others, I got them in 2 days after hatch in CA, so very fast shipping, after I immediately got everyone out of the box, one rooster looked weak, cackle phone rep immediately refunded for that one bird. Then after I separated by breed and counted them 2 days later I realized I actually received 42 birds, leaving 41 as the 1 bird passed the day after shipment, the others are doing great, with extra birds, fast shipping and refund I can’t complain about a thing. I would absolutely recommend this company. I really appreciate the birds health, the birds care, the system and the employees help. Thanks again Cackle farms.
    John Burgeson

  7. Robert Gray

    Thank you for a great job shipping my chicks. I opened my box, and all 17 of the 15 birds I ordered bird were alive and rarin’ to go. Oh, wait, did I say I got two extra birds? Wow, two additional birds for free. Now a day and a half later, they are even more energetic. Someone commented that they look like little chipmunks, and they do—cute little buggers. And your description is dead right. They avoid my handling them. THEY SCURRY AROUND when I approach their brooder box like the boogeyman is coming.

    I like the unique box you use for shipping. It is cool. I will buy from you again if I need more chickens. My only complaint with your company is this, many of the pictures of your birds on your website are blurry and not very professional looking. And I’d like to be able to see the actual breeders of my chicks. It would complicate your operation, but it would not be impossible. And for someone looking for a very showie bird, it would help seal the deal.

  8. Julie

    This is my 2nd time ordering from Cackle Hatchery. I ordered a fairly even mix of Easter Eggers and Brown Leghorns. They arrived this morning (within 48 hours of shipping), all alive and with 2 extras. I can’t yet tell which are the males (I ordered 1 male of both types), but I can definitely tell the Easter Eggers from the Leghorns. They are all so incredibly cute, all active and healthy looking. I’ll try to add more info once they’ve grown some, but for now, I’m very pleased.

  9. John Aspedon

    excellent forgers. I have had my 4 girls since aug 2020 and they are great out forging all day. very flighty and are doing a good job laying so far. they started at around 22 weeks and now they are laying eggs everywhere except the coop smh…

  10. Brown Leghorns


    All 40 of my Leghorn chicks arrived super quick and are all very active and healthy little chunkers.
    Thx Cackle Hatchery for one of the greatest services I have ever dealt with!

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. Toua Xiong

    100 male Chicks

    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.

  14. Anya

    Eggcellent free-rangers!!

    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!!

  15. Riggins

    Excellent Show Quality Breeds

    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!!

  16. Juan

    Exceptional Service!

    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…

  17. Kim

    Highly recommend Cackle Hatchery 🙂

    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 🙂

  18. Dickman brothers

    Very Happy!

    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.

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  20. Jordan

    Wonderful Birds!!!

    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.

  21. Eva, Linn County May 2012

    Dear Cackle Hatchery

    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!

  22. Nannette, Wyoming March 2012

    Our order

    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!

  23. Jill, Indiana April 2013

    Cackle Hatchery

    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:)

  24. Anne Kansas July 2010

    Cackle Hatchery

    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.

  25. 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.

  26. Russell Oklahoma May 2014

    Cackle Hatchery

    We received the chicks in very good order. Thank you

  27. Michael Georgia February 2014

    Cackle Hatchery

    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.

  28. Kathryn California May 2014

    Cackle Hatchery

    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.

  29. Allison Tennessee July 2015

    Safe Arrival!!

    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!!!

  30. George, Washington June 2014

    Baby Chick Shipment

    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

  31. Janie, Missouri May 2014

    Cackle Hatchery

    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.

  32. 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!

  33. 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!

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