Other common names: California White Sex Link Chicken
The California White Chicken is a sex-linked cross breed white egg laying chicken. It is a cross breed created from a White Leghorn Hen and a Gray California rooster. This breed has not been given recognition by the American Poultry Association.
Varieties (Single Comb:) White with black flecking
Weight: 5.5 - 7 lbs
Personality: California Whites can be nice pets if given the attention, but they tend to be active and noisy.
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Excellent (5/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Jumbo
What else you should know:
The California white 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.
tolerate handling, white egg, free range, great layers, great egg producers
commercial heating lamps, red combs, large roosters
My Cali White Chickens
I grew up on a chicken farm and so when I moved out on my own I just had to bring a few along :) Right now I own 7 California White chickens. Now my are free range so they are not so skittish. They really dont like extream closures. But great birds otherwise. They produce very well, around 300 eggs a year..
From Pitlover Sep 21 2012 6:26PM
Chickens: Fowl Little Beasts!
Growing up, for as long as I can remember my grandparents raised chickens on their farm and growing up, for as long as I can remember I have had a--possibly irrational--fear of chickens!
I am not really sure how or why I developed this fear, but it is one that has lingered well into adulthood. My grandfather and I were extremely close and I enjoyed shadowing him as he worked the farm where I spent much of my childhood. His job every morning was to go into the chicken coop to retrieve the eggs and attend to the chickens, which I always watched from the safety of the gate.
My fear of the chickens however did not stop my grandfather from teaching me how to properly care for them and I learned a great deal from the safety of that gate.
My grandfathers chickens were California Whites which he had raised from chicks, They were great egg producers which meant there was never a shortage of eggs on the farm. All the eggs my grandfather gathered were white and large in size. His chickens were extremely hardy and very rarely did they not fulfill or exceed their life expectance.
While they were great egg producers, we never raised them for their meat as my grandfather and grandmother where never a fan of the whole ringing of the necks and plucking of the feathers.
My grandfather always ensured the coop was closed during the night for the protection of the chickens and open during the day to allow them to forage and roam. He also taught me the importance of collecting a hens eggs daily as allowing them to sit on them can cause their egg production to decrease or cease. I also learned the sooner you gather the eggs the better off you are as they are purer and require less cleaning.
As with any pet or livestock animal you may own, responsibility and consideration is needed when deciding to raise chickens. However, in a day where so many chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics, and preservatives are prevalent in much of the foods we consume, it is really beneficial and economical to raise your own chickens both for egg production and meat, that is assuming you can stand to be around the vicious beasts!.
From jadielyn Feb 28 2014 11:22PM
A white chicken is not always pure
California whites, we had 2 large roosters and they get big. Their red combs were large too. They were mean. Aggressive with people and protected the flock well but also didn't like you coming around them. We lost them both because of how they were, in fact. Coyote got one and our dog killed the other trying to capture it in the woods. They both flew the coop and ran into a nearby brushy wooded area and never came out. I guess they were foraging in there, we could hear them crow but they would never come out. We tried to no avail to capture those two and we were never fast enough. They sure had a way with getting around in that brush and woody area.
I know they had a good big of meat on them. They would have made some great meat birds and that is what we were going to do with them, butcher. They did well in the Missouri heat and cold but their combs suffered frost bite bad. Some parts fell off. I am not partial to these birds because they just seemed like they were not a good human/social bird. I will never raise them again. Currently we raise Cinnamon Queens..
From Retsuzen Sep 30 2014 5:53PM