Last Updated on February 9, 2021 by Pauline G. Carter
California White Chicken has originated from the United States of America. It is the breeding combination of white Leghorn hen and California Grey rooster. The creator’s purpose for breeding California white is to come up with laying chicken for commercial purposes aside from its meat contribution.
It is of heavy class and hybrid getting the White Leghorn’s physical qualities dominantly. It has taken its hardiness, docility, and broodiness from the Barred Plymouth genes. There is no known conservation status for this chicken breed, mainly because they are not APA recognized.
However, since this is the most commercially preferred egg-laying hen by hatcheries, any fear of its extinction is not foreseen yet. Here is the list where you see the total 80 Chicken Breeds Information (A-Z List)
California White Chicken | Breed Profile
|Country of origin:||California|
|Egg production (annual):||Excellent (300/year)|
|Comb type:||Large Single|
Characteristics Of The California White Chicken
California white chicken breed is a hardy chicken breed. They exceed the ability of White Leghorn in their laying ability and life’s longevity. The standard size of a male chicken is 7 lbs, while the female is 5.5 lbs. It can produce more than 300 eggs every year that can be compared to the egg-laying ability of white leghorn hen.
No known Bantam version for this breed. The adult hen color is white with a spot of black while the chicks are purely covered with black. The color of its comb, wattles, and earlobes are red. Adult’s feather coloring is mostly white with black flecks. They are black when they are young.
Behavior/ Temperament/ Use
The California white chicken grows fast and can lay eggs at an early age, as early as 17 weeks old. It can lay 5 eggs a week or 300 white eggs per year. They can tolerate cold and small confinement. They can fly higher compared to an average chicken.
This chicken breed does well both in confined or free-ranged living conditions. They are adaptable in any season – winter or spring. They are energetic than other breeds that may slow down during autumn but not California White.
When it comes to human interaction, California White Chicken temperament is a bit aloof. Because of this, they can become flighty with people around them.
What We Liked/Pros
- Hardy and reliable meat and commercial white egg producer.
- Higher producer of white eggs. Can lay 5 eggs per week or 300 per year.
- Most preferred laying hen for commercial consumption.
- Heavy quality chicken breed. Weighs 2 to 2.5 kg.
- Adaptive to winter seasons / cold climates.
- Active in laying eggs even in autumn.
- Accepts confined or free-range space.
- Lives well with small or medium flocks.
- A quiet and easy to handle the breed.
What We Don’t Like/Cons
- Not APA recognized.
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