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Penedesenca Chickens

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 @ 10:07 AM Karen Hood


These beautiful Spanish breed birds lay very dark brown eggs, and are so unique that they’ll be the talk of your flock. Colored eggs are always a more brilliant color early every laying season, and slowly fade as the season progresses. They have unusual combs, called “carnation” combs, or “kings’ combs.” These start as a regular single comb at the front, and then split into several lobes at the rear like a crown. These birds are very active, and like most Mediterranean breeds, won’t be suited to the coldest weather due to their large combs and smaller body size. However, they do wonderfully in heat. The earliest variety was the Black Penedesenca, which became standardized in 1946, when it was better known as the Vilafranca chicken. Today, Black, Crele, Partridge, and Wheaten colors exist. The breed is rare among poultry fanciers in North America, but is a common breed in Central and South America.

The Penedesenca chicken is just one of the many unique and beautiful birds you can see at Spokane’s premiere Petting Farm, brought to you by Mountain Valley View Farm.

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