Scientific name: Gallus gallus domesticus
Country / Place of origin: Spain
History: The Empordanesa is closely related to the Penedesenca Chicken, a breed that was developed in Catalonia, Spain in around 1921. The only difference between the two breeds is that the Empordanesa come in sold red and white colors, colors that are not found in the Penedesenca.
Current Uses: Dark Egg Producer, Breed Preservation
Appearance: The Empordanesa is a lovely sleek chicken. They are very unique, in that they have a carnation comb. This comb type is actually a single comb that has a couple of extra lobes in the rear of the comb. Emporanesa chickens comes in White, Red, Dark and Light Buff.
Average weight: 4 - 5 lbs.
Lifespan: 8 - 12 years
Diet: Empordanesa chickens enjoy free-ranging, and coming up with a portion of their food. However, they will do well on a basic commercial diet, or homemade substitute. Birds should be supplemented with fresh fruits, veggies, bugs, and grit if not permitted to fee-range. Laying hens may need oyster shells added to their diet, if their feed doe not supply them with appropriate levels of calcium. Water must be available at all times.
Health issues: Empordanesa chickens are heat hardy animals, that thrive in warmer climates. If you experience cold winters, heat and light may need to be provided. Otherwise, with proper housing, care, feed, and parasite control, they should lead comfortable lives.
Behavior / Temperament / Activity level: Empordanesa chickens are extremely active, and shy from humans. Birds can fly well, and if you intend to confine them they will need their wings clipped, or an enclosed run. Hens are not known to be brood.Written by Jamie Clark