Calling all Penedesencas Owners/Breeders

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by josh44, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Oldhound, I couldn't agree with you more. When I brag about their qualities the people in my classes want them and I warn against. Primarily because they will never make a lap chicken. The standards I've translated into English specify that they be rustic. I construed that to mean hardy/sturdy/strong.
    muy rĂºstica y de temperamento inquieto which in Catalonian means very rustic and of a restless temperament.
    But when I looked for other possible translations, it turns out that rĂºstica also means wild. So following the European standards - they should be wild.
    Give them a coop, lock them in at night and during the day they fend for themselves.
    Eggs are supposed to be 60 grams minimum. Mine range from 60-80 meaning most are extra large to jumbo.
    There are faults. I started with 10 roosters and only 2 were pure black. Those were the only ones I bred to my hens.
    The eggs were not as dark as I expected but many are very dark, darker than some of my friends Marans eggs.
    Other faults, I have some cockerels with a copper/red feather or two in the hackle or back. Some of my hens, though pure black to begin with showed some mottling (white tips) after the first molt. For the time being, this is all I have to work with. They have the shape of the Spanish birds and I think I can correct these issues. (if I can still keep chickens) I want a hardy bird with the right shape, dark eggs, nice white lobes, proper carnation comb, good size for meat and pure black plumage.
     
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  2. Hangtown Farms

    Hangtown Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    yes Penedesencas are for the country. where I live with all the predators they are quick and stealthy. Lap Chickens around here tend to get eaten lol..
     
  3. Hangtown Farms

    Hangtown Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    chicken canoe have you heard anymore on your issue? I hope it goes well. you have some wonderful chickens.
    I do want to buy some of your eggs as well still if you ever get extras.
    thanks Jason
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    The original deadline was July 2.
    After the city council meeting and the flurry of news stories, the mayor called and asked me to submit a request for an extension. I sent one the next day certified. The next day I got a letter in the mail with an August 8 deadline. That letter was postmarked before the mayor called.
    Why would they want me to make the request if an extension had already been granted? Did they want to look like they were cooperating? Do they want to give it time for the heat they're under to cool off?
    Yesterday I got another letter with another new deadline, August 15 stating it was an answer to my request.
    So the media gives them heat and they give me a 5 week extension.
    I request an extension so they give me another week.
    The saga continues, we're packing city hall again next Tuesday.
     
  5. Hangtown Farms

    Hangtown Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    typical politics...
     
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    Hangtown Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    I am now desperatly seeking
    Black Pene and Crele Pene hatching eggs...
    plus White Empordanesa would be nice if anyone has any yet please let me know...[​IMG]
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

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    The city has told me they will continue to give me extensions on the deadline to remove my birds. However, they are planning on restrictions on numbers, coops, locations, sizes, setbacks, etc.. Of course I told them that people (like city attorneys and councilmen) that don't know chickens have no business making those type of rules.
    The extensions allow me time to get NPIP certification. I'm doing that this week. As soon as I get the cert and can ship across state lines I'll contact you.
    I have great birds and if I must get rid of them I want as many people as possible around the country to be breeding them.

    I think I would be fined if I sent eggs to Cal.

    I believe Luann Keller has Empordanesa eggs.
    I only have Black Penedesencas.
    If you want, I can send you the standards I translated from Catalan and send you pics of my birds.
     
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  8. Hangtown Farms

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    I really hope that you can end up keeping your flock. for you and the birds sake.
    It has been frustrating trying to track down really either black or Crele. There seems to be a lack of caring about this breed and it is sad.
    I have had a few people respond off the Penedesenca club but few options.
    I am hoping to get some Empordanesa from Luann Keller once her birds are laying. maybe more Crele's too.
    then if I get the black's I will focus my efforts on these three.
    Wheaton and Partridge seem easier to come by.
     
  9. Hangtown Farms

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    If you get your NPIP will you be able to ship my way? I do not want you getting fined you are certainly going through enough as it is.
    If you can ship I would love to see pic's because i can not get enough of looking at black pene's but I saw your birds on the video you showed me.
    still would love some.
     
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    I'm doing my best to get the NPIP before I get banished. I'll definitely ship to you.
     

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