I just read this entire thread. A few days ago I decided to add a substantial number of thrifty, free ranging egg layers to my flock of Buckeyes. I wanted white and brown egg layers.
The terrain here is pretty wild and wooly with the only open grass area immediate being my yard. The rest is former farmland with 40 years or so of overgrowth. My chickens are protected from predators by my 2 dogs day and night and it really works well (crosses fingers).
I decided to order Anconas for the white egg layers and after a little searching stumbled across Penedesencas for the brown, while checking out Med breeds. They seemed a perfect fit. I had purchased from Cackle last year and had thought to give Privett a try this year so I gave them a call. They told me they had the wheaten variety available Jun 08 hatch. I ordered 50 pullets each of both the Ancona and Penedesencas for a June 10 delivery date. No cockerels as I don't intend to breed.
Then I started reading this thread from the very beginning with all its broken links and missing photos, following along as you guys chart the course of Penedesencas while shipping eggs, hatching chicks, fighting city governments and establishing the PenedesencaUSA website. You all must be congratulated for sharing your knowledge. I didn't expect to see the same players at the end of this thread. You can imagine my surprise and disappointment at the mention of Welp and Privett at the end. Even when ordering from a hatchery I hold a little hope that I may end up with some genetic winners. Now that small chance seems even more remote. I will be satisfied if the birds I get forage well, are predator savvy, are thrifty, vigorous and lay well.
Now i wait...
Congratulations on getting them from anywhere!
They will probably retain a lot of the characteristics that make them good for what you want. Do not expect the egg color to be as dark as it should be.
Post pictures and updates as they grow.