California grey questions and comments

Jodizon

Chirping
Jun 2, 2016
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Does anyone have California Grey chickens? I thought they were supposed to lay white eggs.
I have had two. Bought as chicks, bought in two different years from my local feed supply store. Both lay blueish eggs.
I’m curious what other people know about this variety
I think my birds look a little like cream leg bar - which would explain the blue color. What do you think?
What is the “correct” hybrid for this chicken?
Does anyone else have some that lay white eggs?
 

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NatJ

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I'm guessing yours might be a cross of Cream Legbar with something else. Cream Legbar x Marans seems to be a common cross to get "olive eggers" (green eggs, usually a fairly dark green.)

No personal experience with California Gray, but from what I've read: yes, they should lay white eggs. And no, they should not have that little crest behind the comb. A bit of googling tells me that Barred Rock and White Leghorn were used to develop the California Gray breed, and it did eventually breed true--unlike hybrids where you have to cross the same parent breeds each time to get that kind of chicks.

Some feedstores are really bad about having their chicks mis-labeled, so I'm guessing that's what happened with your chickens. Although if you have two that look alike and were purchased in different years, that is certainly odd.

Maybe there's a hatchery producing blue-egg-layers and calling them California Gray, and ignoring that the name has already been used :)
 

Jodizon

Chirping
Jun 2, 2016
35
18
69
I'm guessing yours might be a cross of Cream Legbar with something else. Cream Legbar x Marans seems to be a common cross to get "olive eggers" (green eggs, usually a fairly dark green.)

No personal experience with California Gray, but from what I've read: yes, they should lay white eggs. And no, they should not have that little crest behind the comb. A bit of googling tells me that Barred Rock and White Leghorn were used to develop the California Gray breed, and it did eventually breed true--unlike hybrids where you have to cross the same parent breeds each time to get that kind of chicks.

Some feedstores are really bad about having their chicks mis-labeled, so I'm guessing that's what happened with your chickens. Although if you have two that look alike and were purchased in different years, that is certainly odd.

Maybe there's a hatchery producing blue-egg-layers and calling them California Gray, and ignoring that the name has already been used :)
That was my thought - the first year maybe a mistake, but the same mistake two years in a row? Strange. At the feed store they thought it was going to be a white egg too. I’ve never chatted with anyone else that has this breed
 

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