Chicken Breed Focus - Penedesenca

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    The Penedesenca is justly popular for its very dark brown eggs, with the hens laying around 200 eggs a year. They are an interesting exception to the rule that birds with white earlobes lay white eggs. They also have a unique comb type called the carnation comb or king’s comb, which looks like a single comb but with several lobes or points in a circle in the rear. In the mature hen, the comb will usually flop to one side. They come in four main feather colors, Black, Crele, Partridge, and Wheaten.

    They originated in the Spanish region of Catalonia, in the area around Vilafranca del Penedès, from birds native to the region. The attempts to standardize the landraces into a breed began around 1928 when it was feared that the type would go extinct due to birds imported from other regions. Efforts of various groups lead to the black Penedesenca being the first standardized, in 1946, and work continues to this day. They were imported into the US around 2000.

    They are a very active breed that is often quite flighty and do well free ranging. They are very predator aware, and they will roost very high in trees. They can be aggressive in a flock, so do best with birds of similar temperaments. The hens will go broody and the hens are very attentive and protective mothers. They are very heat tolerant, but their large combs are subject to frostbite.

    Details:

    Breed purpose: Eggs
    Comb Type: Carnation
    Broodiness: Occasional, very good mothers.
    Climate Tolerance: Very heat tolerant.
    Weight: 6-8 lbs.
    Egg Productivity: Good
    Egg Size: Large
    Egg Color: Very dark Brown.


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    BYC Breed reviews:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/penedesenca

    General breed discussions & FAQ threads:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/289025/calling-all-penedesencas-owners-breeders/0_20
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/212387/empordanesa-penedesenca-who-has-them/0_20


    Do you own Penedesencas? Are you a Penedesenca breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
     
  2. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    Beautiful birds and the egg color is so pretty. It will be interesting to read of member's experiences with this breed.
     
  3. Nardo

    Nardo Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Thanks for this info. I'm always on the look out for good layers that can handle high heat temperatures.
     
  4. mbphotos09

    mbphotos09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beautiful breed. I love the egg color! :)
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Beautiful birds!
     
  6. GabrielBane

    GabrielBane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dark Egg layers that are heat tolerant? Sounds like this is exactly the breed I've been looking into for our assorted egg baskets. :)
     
  7. 1kluckychik

    1kluckychik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got our black Penes because everyone has Marans. I will try to get some pics tomorrow. Ours came from ChickenCanoe.
     
  8. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Would love to see them [​IMG]
     
  9. 1kluckychik

    1kluckychik Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They are beautiful! Look at those glossy feathers and you can see the white earlobes.
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