Penedesenca Chicken

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Other common names: Black Penedesenca; Vilafranca Chicken

The basics:
The Penedesenca Chicken is a dual purpose breed which was developed in the Spanish province of Catalonia in the first half of the 20th century. A Mediterranean breed, it does best when kept free range, and is known for laying very dark brown eggs. It was introduced to poultry fanciers in North America in 2001, and is still quite rare in the States and Canada. The Penedsesenca is a relatively common breed in Central and South America.

Types: Largefowl
Uses: Eggs
Varieties (Carnation Comb): Black, Crele, Partridge, Wheaten
Weight: 4 - 5 lbs
Personality: Shy and afraid of sudden noise and movement.
Broody: No
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Good (4/week)
Egg color: Dark Brown
Egg size: Large

What else you should know:
The Penedesenca Chicken does not come in the color white. If you see any fowl advertised as white Penedsencea, they are likely to be a sister breed known as the Empordanesa.


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