Other common names: Black Penedesenca; Vilafranca Chicken
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.
Varieties (Carnation Comb): Black, Crele, Partridge, Wheaten
Weight: 4 - 5 lbs
Personality: Shy and afraid of sudden noise and movement.
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.
foragers, heavy fastgrowing meat, egg layers, elegant lines, large lavenderbrown eggs, meat breed
taming, temperament, flighty
carnation king comb, big reddish chocolate, blue shanks, Wheaten varieties, tail feathers
I always wanted chickens who layed brown eggs. In my mind as a younger girl I always thought that made them special and somehow they were better. The darker brown eggs of the Penedesencas always gave me a little thrill when we would gather their eggs.
They are a very good meat bird as well. They get pretty hefty for a bird and produce a heavy amount of meat.
They're pretty flighty or at least ours were and didn't really care for a lot of human contact. They were free range though and perhaps that's just a sign of them being alert to their surroundings.
They're very weather and temeperature tolerant and seem pretty hearty overall..
From SarahHaig May 2 2015 7:21PM
Black penedesencas are gorgeous, heavy, chocolate egg layers and meat birds
The black penedesencas are a gorgeous majestic addition to the poultry
yard. The black are much calmer than the lighter more flighty wheaten
and partridge penedesencas we have had (they are layers).
black penedesencas are first and foremost a heavy fast-growing meat
breed in Spain. And the hens lay big reddish chocolate brown eggs, ours
even have a dark shell covered in a paler layer to give pink eggs. The
young grow faster than any other heritage breed we have had, and we
usually process at 16 weeks. Chicks are bouncy, vigorous and often can
be sexed at hatch due to the big combs!
Temperament is OK.
Only 1 in 10 will approach, for treats and attention, and for a meat
breed, I'd rather they weren't overly friendly. Hens when roosting will peck the back of your hand if you get
They are vigorous and
quite cold hardy despite the large combs. The back of the comb is a
clavell or carnation king comb and is wider and our black penedesencas
withstand cold (-20*C) much better than Andalusians. The roosters are
full of energy and can easily service 12 hens even with frostbite! The
roosters are defensive of the hens but they have never taken a run at
All in all, a great foraging, strong, greedy, beautiful breed to have around.
From skeffling Dec 20 2011 6:51AM
Penedesencas are birds with elegant lines that are rather flighty in temperament. Mine are fairly calm as I raised them from hatching and have techniques for taming birds, but they will never be "my best friend chicken". They are extremely efficient foragers, and laying machines, with stunning, large lavender-brown eggs. I also just fancy the blue shanks on the Partridge & Wheaten varieties. Their 'carnation' combs are also quite striking. I think they are definitely a breed worth championing, but they are not the best suited for backyard flocks as they are high-strung and do not thrive in a confined setting. The Marans is a better choice if you are seeking a dark egg, and a friendly, laid back bird..
From Phasian Apr 6 2012 8:17PM