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California Grey Reviews


Bold Funny Curious and Friendly


Pros: Mine are just chicks but they seem to have a social personality

Cons: They like to fly...get a lid on your brooder

I chose California Greys because they lay a white egg and I wanted to add white eggs to my basket.  They also have a reputation as a less flighty breed than most other white egg layers and it is somewhat important to me to have a friendly flock.   Of my current brood of chicks the CA Greys have distinguished themselves as the most curious and friendly in my mixed flock of babies.  When the other chicks are crowding to the back of the brooder the CA Greys are rushing up to see what I am up to or flying out to sit on my lap or shoulder.  They were just hatched on 5/24/13 so are not yet three weeks old as I type this.  I am only keeping 1 or  2 but I find myself...
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Excellent layers


Pros: Started laying at 5 months, lay nearly every day

Cons: More nervous and flighty than most breeds

The first pullet laid an egg at exactly 5 months of age and before they were 6 months old, I was getting 20 eggs from 24 pullets. None of my other breeds come close to that. I am using them to produce black sexlinks that lay blue eggs by putting an Ameraucana roo over them. I'm pretty sure this cross will be a great layer of blue eggs.   They are similar to leghorns in temperment, much more nervous than the Barred Hollands I used for the sexlink cross the previous year. Once they matured they were considerable calmer.
Lady of McCamley

Very Pleasant White Egg Layer


Pros: Good layer of medium size eggs, good feed to egg ratio, smaller bird

Cons: A bit flighty, not overly friendly, mine lay a medium sized egg

Overall I am pleased with my 2 California Greys. This is the first opportunity I've had to assess the breed, though they've been on my wish list for a number of years, as they are harder to find even in my area, which is close to where the breed was originated. That original line is long lost, so I've been told, so what the hatcheries have today are a crossing of White Leghorn and Barred Rocks. This makes for a smaller bird that is a bit skittish but calmer than the Leghorn. It keeps the same feed ratio as the Leghorn and likewise lays very well if not quite as prolific as the WL. However mine continue to lay a medium size egg though slowly gaining in size their first laying year vs. the...
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A very interesting breed


Pros: good egg to feed ratio,

Cons: excellent fliers, which might be a plus if you free range.

   I wanted to add white eggs to my colored egg basket so was looking for some non flighty hens to get along in the dual purpose mostly heritage breed flock I have.  So many of the white egg layers are described as "flighty"  I read about and was interested in California Greys but they certainly are not the easiest breed to find so they went on the back burner and I almost got another.    Then this spring I was able to order several.  Sizewise they're the smallest of our large fowl, being the same size or some are slightly smaller than our Easter eggers, our smallest breed.  They're friendly and they forage well.      We have...
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The Yakima Kid

Professor James Dryden


Pros: excellent breed

Professor James Dryden, NOT Horace Dryden, developed them; he began the groundwork at OAC, where his breeding program produced Lady McDuff, the first hen documented to lay 300 eggs in a year, and Oregona, who laid her thousandth egg at the beginning of her sixth year of lay. To this day the photographs of several of the outstanding birds bred by Professor Dryden are on display at Oregon State University.   Professor Dryden was probably the world's foremost breeder of poultry in the early 20th C.
Michael Apple

Fast growing, hardy chicks


Pros: Curious, fast growing, friendly

Cons: Good flyers so a covered run is preferred unless one wants to clip wings.

I'll post more of what I witness as my chicks mature. So far I am pleased with the health and vitality of these chicks.
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