Originally Posted by TillyPeeps
Oh, No! You make me really want to drive 3 hours to get these nice chickens. I really not sure if Myers has pure California Greys or not. That's my dream breed and that's the only place I found them.
The only hatchery to consider for CA Greys is Privett, in New Mexico. Anywhere else and you can't be sure of what you are getting. Privett also sells barred leghorns and Ideal sells "Production blacks", both of those appear to be a lot like the CG's (black barred white egg layer), but only Privett (or people who got their stock from there) has the pure Dresdan line of CG's. If Myers has them, they are almost certainly drop shipping them from Privett. Myers does a lot of that, they are the only large hatchery selling "real" Ameraucanas and Copper Marans.
I got them for making black sexlinks that lay blue eggs. By substituting CG's for the usual Barred Rock hens, I can ensure the progeny will not lay green eggs, but pure blue. I did that this past year with Barred Hollands, but was not totally happy with the BH hens (excellent fertility, but lower egg production than I hoped for). The CG's look and act like leghorns, very flighty compared to BH's and all the other breeds I have. My hope is they are as good a layer as their reputation suggests, and that crossing to my pure black Ameraucanas will clam them down and bulk them up a bit.
I have 2 cockerels (and 22 pullets) and intend to perpetuate the line and make them available to anyone looking for a white egg producer that is not white. When you are ready for chicks in the spring, I'll try to activate the "chicken train" and see if I can get some of them out to you.