The White Faced Black Spanish is one of the oldest Mediterranean breeds developed in Spain (said to date back to the mid-1500's). It is also known as the Clown-face Chicken because of the pancake-makeup-white coloring on the skin of the face and the large bright-white earlobes that hang down, giving an appearance of a clown's face. Set against the pure black plumage and the bright red wattles and comb, the Clown-faced Chicken surely does look like it's wearing clown makeup colors!
- Breed Purpose:
- Egg Layer
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- 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 Size:
- Large Fowl
The full-sized, antique version was admitted to APA in 1874. The Bantams version was recognized by the ABA in _____.
White Faced Black Spanish
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Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Egg Layer
Climate Tolerance: Heat
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Small
Egg Color: White
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.
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 conformation...it 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
Recent User Reviews
"Very fun to watch"
Pros - Lay good eggs, once they're caught they're easy to handle, Beautiful, pretty friendly
Cons - Hard to catch
We have a hen and roo and a couple of their chicks. The roo is currently the friendliest roo we've ever had. He's great at finding treats for his girls and warning them of danger. He's also been great to our new roos that we've ended up with. The hen is pretty great too. She very easy to handle once she's been caught, and is hilarious to watch. Their chicks, which are most likely all guys, so far they are just like their parents, except their faces are whiter way earlier than their parents.
One of their chicks- at 2 months his faces is kind of pink.
Pros - Beautiful, friendly with other breeds, smart, quiet
Cons - Flighty, doesn't like to be handled
We only have one of these hens, but this particular hen has been a joy to have. She's beautiful, of course, but also gets along well with the rest of the flock. We haven't had any problems with bullying other birds. In fact, she protects and looks out for her best friend- a big ol' Brahma. They can be seen everywhere together.
She is independent and is very hard to catch. She doesn't like to be handled and if she sees me coming for her, is just about impossible. She is very smart and doesn't let other birds boss her around. We are thinking of getting a roo of this breed one day to help with endangered status of this breed.