Originally Posted by TillyPeeps
That's interesting. Because I have seen people who tried to cross barred rock to leghorn to create their own "California Grey", actually had some chicks more like California White. So I thought CG has more barred rock in it and should behavior more like barred rock but lays white eggs. Anyway, because we will have a small flock, so hopefully I can handle it enough to make it not too flighty.
That cross is the California White. I think that is a major market for Privett, to sell the male CG's to hatcheries for producing CW's. They do it because the result are very productive, not for sex linkage, because dominant white (what makes a leghorn white) covers all the barring in both sexes (and the cross would have to use barred hens, not roos).
Both CG's and Barred Hollands have Barred Rocks in their ancestry (that was the most common breed that was barred, and had other good qualities as well). They are obviously not the same, but had similar, but not identical, goals. BH's were a "farm bird" for free ranging and calmness was highly desirable. I regard it as a "Barred Rock that lays white eggs". The CG was for commercial production, where small size is important but calmness (consider the commercial white leghorn) is not.
BH's were recognized as an "official" breed, that never happened with CG's. Both are very rare, arguably CG's are more so (I know of 2 hatcheries that sell BH's, but only 1 that sells CG's). The Livestock Conservancy doesn't recognize the CG as a breed, so their concern is all for BH's. Having both, I can see a lot of differences. I think you might be happier with Barred Hollands if you want white eggs. I intend to produce very few pure CG's next year, basically enough to replenish my flock that makes sexlinks, any to sell will be by "special order".