Extracted from Leghorn Fowls Exhibition & Utility
by C A House published Poultry World Ltd

ANY OTHER VARIETY/COLOURS Australian version return to homepage

SPANGLED LEGHORNS.—About fifteen years ago some Spangled Leghorns were introduced to our shows, and it was said that Mr. F. Uttley of Golcar  in Yorkshire was the originator. Whether that was so or not I cannot say, but I do know that Spangled  Leghorns  were  known, bred and shown on the continent long before that date as I have seen them year after year, and they are still shown. They are like our Spangled Old English Game in colour although the spangling is rather bolder in pattern. There are also Red Spangles. 

BLUE REDS.—At the Dairy show of 1926 Mr. Nelson of the Lord Wandsworth Agricultural College, introduced a Blue Red pullet, but the judge did not consider it worthy of notice. When perfected this variety should form a very pleasing addition to the Leghorn family. The same gentleman also had another pullet on view at the 1926 Crystal Palace Show. This bird attracted a great deal of attention from visitors, but not the judge.

PARTRIDGE LEGHORNS.—In the early days of the present century some Leghorns were shown under this name, and although for four or five years made intermittent appearances they never succeeded in getting hold of the imagination of the Fancy. The object of the originator, Mr J. Raine, was to produce a bird which whilst being a Leghorn in all general breed characteristics should possess the beautiful pencilling seen in the Partridge Wyandotte.
  In Germany, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, and France Partridge Leghorns have long been bred but they are really a very dark Brown Leghorns. In fact the Brown as we style it is unknown on the continent, the word used always being Partridge, and as the continental idea of the Brown Leghorn is simply a richer darker coloured bird than that which we style a Brown it is not at all like the Partridge Wyandotte.
  In the Partridge Leghorns introduced by Mr. Raine the cockerels had red breasts instead of black. Had he been able to perfect the Partridge so far as to insure for it acceptance by the Fancy a very notable and handsome addition would have been made to the Leghorn family. It is a long time now since I last saw one of these English Partridge Leghorns, and I fear they have died out. I mention the variety here so that any present day breeder of an experimental turn of mind may be induced to take up the idea and perfect a Partridge Leghorn. (Also see Yellow Partridge)