About California Gray Chickens
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About California Gray ChickensAbout California Gray Chickens

California Grayrnchickens are an American breed developed by James Dryden during the 1930s. Theyrnare a dual-purpose chicken: they are good for meat production and egg laying. rnrn

rnrnFirst the  CaliforniarnWhite breed was developed with a White Leghorn rooster bred to three BarredrnPlymouth Rock hens. Then a Barred Plymouth Rock rooster was bred to CaliforniarnWhite Leghorn hens to make the California Gray.rnrn

rnrnBarred PlymouthrnRock chickens are a very popular and heavy dual purpose breed with alternatingrnblack and white stripes. On the other hand, White Leghorn chickens are white,rnsmall in size and excellent white eggs layer. The result was a naturallyrnautosexing breed with gray barred plumage. They are not as large as the BarredrnPlymouth Rock chickens but heavier than the White Leghorn chickens. Being arncrossed breed, California Gray chicken breed have never been admitted into thernAmerican Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection. rnrn

rnrnCalifornia Gray chicksrnare primarily black with a white spot on the top of the head. And the chest,rnabdomen and wing tips are white. Young pullets (females) are darker in colorrnthan the young cockerels. So, gender of the young birds can be easily determinedrnby color. Feathers of mature birds are barred, black and white, and the hensrnare darker black than the roosters. Their color is similar to the Barred Rock,rnbut the body style more resembles the Leghorn chicken breed.

rnrnTheir shanks andrntoes are yellow. They have a single red comb. They have small white earlobesrnand red wattles. On an average, California Gray roosters weight about 2.5 kgrnand hens about 2 kg. 

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