California White chickens are excellent layers for small and medium sized flocks. They lay white eggs, are fast-growing and are very quiet. As a cross between a California Grey male and a White Leghorn female, they have a superior hybrid vigor that results in excellent livability. These birds are easy to handle and they stand both the cold and confinement well. California Whites are light yellow with black flecks as babies and are white with black flecks when mature. Typically, females weigh 5 lbs. and males 6 lbs.
Safe Handling Instructions:
It is important to care for and love your new poultry, but you must also protect yourself. Salmonella, a common cause of food borne illness, can be spread by direct contact with animals that carry the bacteria.
Some Safe Handling Tips are:
- Avoid contact with poultry manure. Adults should clean cages frequently.
- Carefully and thoroughly wash hands with soap and warm water after handing anything in the chicks environment.
- Do NOT nuzzle or kiss your chicks, ducklings, turkeys, etc.
- Keep poultry outside, and especially out of areas where food is prepared.
- Supervise children when handling poultry, and ensure they wash their hands after contact. Children under 5 years of age and people with weakened immune systems should not handle poultry.