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
Necessary for Flock Health
Providing adequate space for all flock members is necessary for maintaining flock health. When chickens don't have enough space disease can spread rapidly and the flock can become ill and die. It is recommended to have a minimum of four square feet of space for each chicken in a coop. .
From Mia B 715 days ago
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