Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose:
Egg Layer
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Seldom
Climate Tolerance: Heat

General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity:
Egg Size: Small
Egg Color: White

Breed Temperament:
Friendly,Easily handled,Bears confinement well

Breed Colors / Varieties:
The White Faced Black Spanish chicken is available in both Bantam and Standard sizes. The only accepted color is the pure black with white faces and earlobes and bright, red comb & wattles. The shiny black plumage should have a green sheen and the shanks are dark gray.
Breed Details:
Both the bantam and standard sizes are a light breed of high egg production. Bantam size males weigh 30 ounces and females weigh 26oz (as compared to their larger antique cousins who weigh 6.5-8lbs for males and 5.5-6.5lbs for females). Clown-Faced Bantams are described as "very rare" in the USA and they are a challenge to breed in producing the correct, desired white areas on the face. The opaque, white face will get deeper and richer with age, taking up to a full year to develop. The chicks are not born with a white face, however they have white feathering on their faces, black body feathers with white wing tips and white throat with possibly white under the belly. As for temperment? We have found we love them right from hatching!! They are tiny, curious, friendly and active. We especially love the warbling/purring sounds they make even when mature! When we whistle tunes to the chicks and juveniles they just love to sing a response back, cocking their heads and watching us whistle. We find the cockerels and roosters to be tame, as well as the pullets and hens to be very calm. Because we don't free-range our purebred WFBSpanish bantams--- they have proven to be QUITE QUICK when accidentally on the loose....chicken rodeo for sure....they run and fly fast! Regretfully we have seen some describe these chickens as "wild" but that has not been our experience. Maybe because we have treated them with gentle handling since the day they hatched...we have to agree we find them just as fast moving as any other mediterranean breed. Our breeding experiences: We've found a good success rate in breeding for faces and helped to start with quality stock and therefore not have to implement to much correction. Our goal is enhancement, and we do have to cull just as with any other breed program. They will always have a space at our farm because they love to sing (warbling the chicken lullaby at roosting time)...and they are tame, friendly and very unique. People will always ask ; "Wow, what kind of chicken is that?" If we could just teach them all to pile into one of those little toy cars, then exiting the vehicle as an endless stream of clown chickens on parade! -Patch O'Heaven Farm