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White Leghorn hen problems

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One of our White Leghorn hens has been acting bad by flying over the fence.

Maybe it was the Hawk Attack back in December that turned her into a bad girl?

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I cannot say if it was the hawk attack or not - what I can say is that when I was asking the old timers in this area for recommendations for chickens there was one consistent point: don't get leghorns! you'll get a lot of eggs but they are terrible for flying and about impossible to keep in a pen. They only get worse as they get older. We had some chicks when a 4H child did not pick up their order & it was about true. We eventually gave up and gave them away to any one willing to chase them down from the trees & woods. Ours lasted about 12 weeks before we gave up. No other breed has been that troublesome about staying put.
Comment by Stephanie in AR Sat Jun 28 20:06:23 2014
We always clipped the long feathers on one wing and that unbalanced them enough. Hugs
Comment by Roz Graham Sun Jun 29 11:23:39 2014

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