The California Gray Chicken was developed in the U.S. state of California in the 1930s by James Dryden, a professor of poultry science at Oregon Agricultural College, now Oregon State University. The objective of the breed's creator was to produce a dual–purpose chicken that was suitable for meat production and laid large white eggs. Largely because the breed was never recognized for exhibition by the American Poultry Association, California Grays are a rare breed in the 21st century. They were later used to develop the California White, a commercial hybrid.
Varieties (Single Comb): Barred
Weight: 4.5 - 5.5 lbs
Personality: Active, but will tame with some effort.
Preferred climate: Moderate
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Excellent (5/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Extra Large
What else you should know:
The California Grey like many production fowl, is more prone to suffer from egg binding. To prevent egg binding, make sure your hen is getting enough calcium and exercise. Many hybrid fowl have weaker immune systems, so you may want to consider vaccinations, and keeping your chicks on medicated feed.
I love my California Gray Chickens!
It's always been a dream of mine to have a cute little cottage with chickens for daily eggs, and fortunately I've been able to do this in the last year! I chose the California gray chicken for its excellent reputation for regularly laying large eggs and for having robust health.
This reputation has not disappointed, my chickens (I have two) lay delicious eggs daily, are friendly and have not had any health problems at all (not even mange) and I'm so glad I invested in them. I would highly recommend them to anyone that's starting out with chickens and also for someone that wants to add a chicken with unusual markings to their existing chicken collection!.
From Lola Howard Aug 7 2013 10:30AM