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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

California White at 5 weeks

The chicks are now 5 weeks old. This week, I am profiling one of our breeds, the California White. Of course, this choice was based purely on which chick took the best picture today.

I picked up two of these chicks on a whim at the feed store because I thought they would look neat with the mix of black and white feathers. The breed is a hybrid cross between a California Grey rooster and a White Leghorn hen. Online, I have found mixed reviews for the California White breed. From the Leghorn heritage, they could have a tendency to be nervous and flighty. But, I have also seen them described as friendly. They lay a lot of white eggs and weigh around 4.5 pounds when mature.

Even though the chicks are growing rapidly, they are still dwarfed by the other "White Chicken" that lives here. In their defense, White Chicken is a Light Brahma which is a notoriously heavy breed weighing in at nearly 8 pounds.


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