The California White may be one of the most successful and productive hybrid egg-laying strains of chickens in history. They were developed in the United States for commercial egg production
These are also remarkably hardy chickens, with a long lifespan, and they lay for a longer period than White Leghorns. They are fast growers as well and start laying at an early age. California Whites do well in cold climates and continue to lay well even in autumn when other breeds slow down.
They are the result of crossing a White Leghorn hen with a California Grey rooster. California Whites are attractive chickens with the lightweight and upright style typical of the Mediterranean breeds. They are mostly white with a single comb. Do have random black flecks and streaks. The black spotting helps one identify individual birds, a nice feature to have in a breed raised in a backyard or pet flock.
Very adaptable, California White chickens do well free-ranging and also do fine in confined conditions.