We were given Leggy as a freebie when we bought 5 guinea keets from an Amish woman. He was living in a box with the Guineas. They must have known he was a male and wanted to get rid of him. We had just gotten a bunch of chicks the day before, and we wanted to raise the guineas and the chicks together. We had no idea on day 1 the little leghorn was a male, but he quickly developed into a little cockerel. When we got the little leghorn, my husband told me that he didn't like leghorns - he had a bad experience with a mean leghorn rooster attacking people when he was younger. That made raising the leghorn a challenge to me - I wanted to ensure he would not grow up to be mean.
Day 1 - Leggy in the center, a guinea keep on the right
Leggy was different from the other chicks right from the beginning. He was a little bigger, for one thing, maybe he was a few days older than the other chicks. But he always looked out for the flock right from the beginning. In the above pic he heard a noise and stretched that neck out to see what was going on.
Day 20 we knew he was a rooster. His comb developed before any others. He is on the left in the above picture.
He was always very curious and friendly.
Leggy liked to be the center of attention.
Day 58 - Leggy and 2 hens in my lap. He's a little rooster, no doubt about it.
Day 76 - Leg is now the leader of the flock. He's the biggest rooster, the most protective of the flock, the natural leader of the hens.
Leg crowing 2 months ago.
Leg the white leghorn cockerel in Feb 2010. He has the biggest comb and wattles that I've ever seen. He still has not developed all his tail feathers.
Leg is the flock defender - if a chicken or guinea screams, Leg is right there, making his warning "horn" noise to alert the flock of possible danger. Once a deer came up to the chicken enclosure to check out the birds. Leg and another of our roosters were right out in front, honking away, attracting the attention of the deer, willing to fight for the flock, while all the other chickens hid under a bush.
And Leggy is very friendly and loves to sit in my lap and cuddle. I cannot imagine that he would ever be mean to me. He's still my little Leggy.