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Raising California White Chickens (How To Care)

I’ve always been drawn to the striking appearance and lively personality of California White chickens, and over time, I’ve learned a lot about their proper care.

Raising California White chickens requires providing a balanced diet, spacious and secure housing, and routine health checks. They are active birds that benefit from outdoor space for exercise and foraging.

White chickens in a barn

California White chickens are known for being excellent egg layers and relatively low-maintenance, making them ideal for both backyard and commercial poultry keepers. They thrive on a diet that includes a high-quality layer feed, supplemented with grains, greens, and occasional protein-rich treats like insects or cooked eggs. These chickens are active foragers, so providing them with a safe outdoor area where they can peck and scratch is beneficial for their physical and mental health. Fresh water should always be available, and feeders should be kept clean to prevent disease.

When it comes to housing, California Whites need a secure coop that protects them from predators and harsh weather conditions. They are hardy birds but still require shelter from extreme temperatures. Adequate ventilation in the coop is essential to prevent respiratory issues. The coop should be spacious enough to prevent overcrowding, with at least 4 square feet of space per chicken inside and 10 square feet per chicken in an outdoor run. Regular cleaning of the coop is necessary to maintain hygiene and prevent parasite infestations. Monitor the flock for any signs of illness or distress, and ensure they receive proper veterinary care as needed. Avoid feeding them toxic foods like avocado, chocolate, and raw beans, and always introduce new foods to their diet gradually.

How Big Do California White Chickens Grow?

Close up of white chicken faces

When raising California white chickens, it’s a good idea to know how big they will grow. This will help you better prepare for this species of chicken. The bigger the birds, the more room they will need and food they will eat.

The California white chicken can grow up to 7 pounds for roosters, and an average of 5.5 pounds for females. This bird can also tolerate confined places better than other chicken varieties, which makes it the ideal option for urban environments.

Keep in mind, however, that the size of California white chickens can vary depending on their quality of life, health, and even genetics. 

What Is The Average Weight Of a California White Chicken?

White chickens roaming in farm

California white chickens are considered small to medium sized birds. They are not as large as the Jersey giant chicken, which can weigh 13 pounds, but they also weigh more than the smaller Silkies, which weigh only around 3 pounds.

The average weight of a California white chicken varies on several factors, but the female of the species typically weighs a little over 5 pounds. The rooster, however, is a little longer, weighing as much as 7 pounds.

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When Will a California White Chickens Start Laying Eggs?

White chicken sitting on grass in barn

Because California white chickens are such great layers, they are usually raised by people who want to enjoy farm fresh eggs without leaving their property. So it is no wonder that one of the most common questions about this breed is when will they start laying eggs. 

California white chickens will typically start to lay when they are about 17 weeks old. This chicken variety is a heavier layer, and a rather docile bird. Because they don’t mind small spaces, they are often the first choice for backyard chicken coops.

During their egg-laying years, these birds can lay thousands of eggs. The downside is that the egg production of the California white chicken can reduce drastically after a few years. 

Will California White Chickens Lay White Or Brown Eggs?

Box of white chicken eggs

White eggs and brown eggs not only look different, but they also have a different taste. The eggs most people buy in the store are white eggs, which is what most people are used to nowadays. So it is no surprise that those looking to raise chickens want a breed that lays the type of eggs they find appetizing. 

As its name suggests, the California white chicken lays white eggs. Their eggs are usually large in size, and a single hen can lay 300 eggs or more in one year! This makes them a popular choice for commercial egg production.

Even though they look different, there isn’t much difference between white and brown eggs. While it is thought that brown eggs are healthier and natural than white eggs, that just isn’t true. Both have extremely similar nutritional value and taste the same. The real difference comes down to the freshness of the egg and not the color of its shell.

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Do You Need A California White Rooster To Get California White Chickens To Lay Eggs?

White chicken eggs

Roosters are an important part of the flock. Not only do they fertilize the eggs, but they also help protect the hens and chicks from predators, such as hawks. But do you need a California white rooster to get the hens to lay eggs?

Like other types of chickens, a rooster is not needed for the California white chicken hen to lay eggs. The rooster is required, however, if you want the eggs fertilized, which then turn into baby chicks. Without the rooster, the hen would lay unfertilized eggs.

If you do decide to get a rooster, make sure to collect the eggs every day, since leaving the outside with the hen will result in baby chicks. If, however, you want the eggs to hatch, simply leave them be. 

What is The Lifespan Of a California White Chicken?

White chicken in grass field

Chickens typically don’t have a long lifespan, and it is not uncommon for various breeds of chickens to live for only a few years. 

The average lifespan of a California white chicken is 5 years. However, they can live as long as 8 years if they are properly cared for and protected from their natural predators, such as foxes, dogs, and hawks.

Ensuring your chickens are as healthy as possible and protected with a strong coop is the best way to increase their lifespan. 

Are California White Chickens Friendly?

Close up of white chicken face

Before you decide on which breed of chicken to raise, you should consider their temperament. This is especially important if you plan to be hands-on with your chicken, or if people, children, or pets will be in close proximity to the chickens. 

Both the hen and rooster of the California white chicken breed are relatively friendly, especially when compared to other breeds. They are not aggressive and lean more towards the docile side. However, their environment can affect their temperament.

If they are consistently tormented, either by people or other animals, then they can get a bit mean. In general, however, most California white chicken owners will agree that this breed can be aloof and distant or extremely social.

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How Many Eggs Can a California White Chicken Lay A Day?

Nest of white chicken eggs

A common question that most people who are looking at raising chickens have is how many eggs they can lay. The number of eggs a hen can lay will vary greatly from one chicken breed to another. 

A healthy California white chicken hen can lay 300 eggs or more every year or about 1 or 2 day! This makes them a great choice for people who want a heavy-laying chicken. However, the overall health and wellness of the hen will have a direct effect on this number.

Making sure your California white chicken is healthy and happy is the best way to keep them laying the most eggs for as long as possible. An unhealthy chicken just won’t lay as much as a healthy bird.

When Will a California White Chicken Stop Laying Eggs?

Nest of white chicken eggs

If your main reason for wanting California white chickens is for fresh eggs, you will want to know when these birds typically stop laying. This information is vital and allows you to plan for the future so that you have a steady supply of healthy protein. 

A California white chicken will usually lay eggs reliably during its first 3 years of life. As they get older, the amount of eggs they lay will begin to tamper off. With that said, however, this can vary greatly from one hen to the next.

Expect to have a reduction in egg production when the hen reaches over 3 years old. After this time, most Californian white chickens will start to drastically reduce the amount of eggs they lay. Unfortunately, the older a chicken gets, the less likely it is to lay an abundance of eggs. At this time, you may want to consider whether or not it is cost effective to continue feeding and caring or a bird that isn’t providing you with enough eggs.

At What Age Is a California White Chicken The Most Delicious?

Female chicken and her chicks

Most people choose the California white chicken for its egg laying abilities and not for how well it cooks up. In fact, it is not uncommon to only consume this breed of bird when they have gotten old and stopped laying.

The California white chicken isn’t a good choice for a meat bird, as it is better for egg production. With that said, however, the average age for a chicken to be slaughtered for meat is between 21 days and 170 days old. In the United States, the average age to slaughter a chicken is 47 days old.

If you’re looking for a chicken breed designed more for meat production than egg production, consider the Cornish cross chicken, big red broilers, bresse, or turken instead.

Best Housing Setup For A California White Chicken

Chicken farm

Like other chicken breeds, the California white chicken will need a coop where they can rest safely. The difference between this breed and others, however, is that they can tolerate enclosed spaces much better. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should just toss them into any old place and hope for the best.

The California white chicken will need a coop that is well ventilated and up off the ground. The coop will need to be big enough to comfortably house the birds. A good general rule of thumb is to have about 3 square feet per chicken.

The bottom of the coop will also need to be lined with soft bedding, such as straw, sand, wood shavings, or recycled paper. In the winter, you may want to switch out the bedding for something that has better insulation. For example, sand bedding is a better choice for the summer when the days and nights are hot. It isn’t a good choice for winter, however, since sand doesn’t provide adequate insulation. In the winter months, switch out the bedding for straw or hay, which does provide excellent insulation and helps keep heat inside the coop.

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Chicken coops will also need regular cleaning and maintenance. The bedding should be cleaned out about once a week. If you decide to do a deep litter method, then you would only need to clean out the coop once every month. A complete clean out of the bedding and the entire coop should be done at least twice a year.

As for food and water, you will need to provide the California white chickens fresh food and water every day. Avoid allowing the water to fresh in the winter as this will only increase the chance of your flock experiencing dehydration. 

Typical Health Problems For A California White Chicken

Single white chicken

The California white chicken isn’t prone to any particular health problems, but can experience problems every so often. 

The most common health problems for the California white chicken are chicken mites, foot injuries, cannibalism or picking at other birds in the flock, molting, egg eating, and chicken diseases. Chicken diseases can affect just about any breed, and can be bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic.

The best defense against chicken diseases is to closely monitor your flock, and act quickly when the first signs of problems arise. Waiting until the problem gets worse could increase the chance of death in your flock.

Typical Problems Raising California White Chicken

White chicken in cage

California white chickens are one of the easier breeds to care for, and they generally don’t experience many problems. In fact, they are a rather laid back breed that is a good choice for both beginners who are new to the whole chicken-raising gang and experienced farmers. That doesn’t mean, however, that they never experience any problems.

Like other chicken breeds, the California white chicken can experience issues with pecking at other birds in the flock, molting, consuming their eggs, and cannibalism. Thankfully, most of these issues can be solved with good care.

A common issue with chickens of all breeds is pecking or bullying other chickens. Thankfully, this can often be solved by introducing a rooster into the mix. Roosters not only protect the flock from predators, but they also reduce the amount of bullying that chickens can sometimes do to one another. Bullying can get so bad that it leads to the death of one or more of your hens. So, if your flock is having issues with one or multiple hens pecking at another hen, consider getting a rooster to keep the flock in line.

This article was first published on August 6, 2022 by Pentagon-Pets.

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Molting, however, is something that chickens go through every year when its time to lose their feathers. During this timeframe, they will stop laying eggs and instead use up the nutrients they have stored in their body. While mottling looks unpleasant, it is a natural process that shouldn’t be too concerning. Just make sure to keep an eye out for any potential infections or wounds that could occur during the molting process.

Another thing to watch out for is rats and mice. These annoying pests will quickly make your chicken coop their home, consuming the chicken’s food and making a mess. What’s even worse is that mice and rats carry diseases, as well as lice, ticks, and mites. Keep a watchful eye out for signs of rodents, and act quickly when you first spot their presence.

What Type Of Food Is Best For California White Chicken

Chickens outside eating feed

Most chicken breeds are not picky eaters, and the California white chicken is no exception. They will eat a wide array of foods that are thrown out to them, as well as insects and seeds that they run across while forging in your yard. 

Choose a high-quality commercial chicken feed for your flock and then supplement that food with other items that the California white chickens love. This includes mealworms, greens, sunflower seeds, cracked corn, and watermelon. They also enjoy scratching the ground looking for seeds and insects.

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There are some foods that should be kept away from the California white chicken, or any other breed for that matter. Foods, such as avocado pits and skins, are deadly to chickens and can quickly kill your flock. Because of this, it is vitally important that you research food, even ones that are considered healthy for humans, before feeding it to your chickens. 

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