White Leghorns are small-bodied birds that perform extremely well in cages or on the floor in well-managed housing. They are very efficient and pullets can be raised on 15 lbs. of feed or less up to 20 weeks. On just 3.89 lbs. of feed, hens can produce one dozen eggs (white). White Leghorns are heat tolerant. As babies, they are light yellow and become all white when mature. The typical weight for females is 4 lbs. and for males is 6 lbs.
Safe Handling Instructions:
It is important to care for and love your new poultry, but you must also protect yourself. Salmonella, a common cause of food borne illness, can be spread by direct contact with animals that carry the bacteria.
Some Safe Handling Tips are:
- Avoid contact with poultry manure. Adults should clean cages frequently.
- Carefully and thoroughly wash hands with soap and warm water after handing anything in the chicks environment.
- Do NOT nuzzle or kiss your chicks, ducklings, turkeys, etc.
- Keep poultry outside, and especially out of areas where food is prepared.
- Supervise children when handling poultry, and ensure they wash their hands after contact. Children under 5 years of age and people with weakened immune systems should not handle poultry.