Breeds

Bianca di Saluzzo Chicken: All You Need to Know

Bianca di Saluzzo Chicken: All You Need to Know

Until a few decades ago, every Piedmont farm was home to a few small animals, such as ducks, geese, rabbits, and chickens. They were kept for family consumption or sold at local markets to supplement the farm's modest income. The traditional breeds of chicken, used for meat and eggs, were the Bionda Piemontese) and Bianca di Saluzzo. The Bianca di Saluzzo is a traditional breed of chicken native to the Piemonte region, in northwestern Italy. The breeds traditionally bred in the Piedmont region were the Bionda Piemontese and the Bianca di Saluzzo also known as Bianca di Cavour. Those two…
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Bionda Piemontese Chicken: All You Need to Know

Bionda Piemontese Chicken: All You Need to Know

The Bionda Piemontese is a traditional dual-purpose chicken breed originating in the Piemonte region in northwestern Italy, from which it takes its name. This robust and disease-resistant breed was in danger of extinction, but since 1999 the Verzuolo Professional Institute of Agriculture began its recovery. Today, the production of Piedmontese white hen meat is highly appreciated, thanks to the early development of these hens, which have made the meat very good and of high quality, due to extensive breeding and nutrition techniques. Bionda translates to blonde in English, so this is the "blonde" Piemonte hen Bionda Piemontese characteristics The Bionda…
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Ermellinata di Rovigo: All you Need to Know

Ermellinata di Rovigo: All you Need to Know

The development of the Ermellinata di Rovigo started in 1959 (completed in 1965) at the Poultry Experiment Station in Rovigo (Veneto). The Sussex and Rhode Island breeds participated in its formation. The goal was to create a breed capable of providing high-quality meat and good egg production. Ermellinata di Rovigo characteristics The Ermellinata di Rovigo is very similar to the Sussex breed, from which it derives, except its skin which is yellow instead of pink; roosters weigh around 3.5-3.7 kg, while hens weigh 2.4-3.2 kg. Ermellinata di Rovigo breed varieties It was named for its melanated plumage, which is is…
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Mericanel della Brianza Chicken: All You Need to Know

Mericanel della Brianza Chicken: All You Need to Know

Mericanel della Brianza is a breed of Bantam chicken native to Lombardy, Italy. It takes its name from the historic geographical area of ​​Brianza in Milan and was developed in the early 1900s, by crossing local dwarf chickens. The breed was recognized in 2012, and it is the only recognized bantam developed in Italy. Mericanel della Brianza breed characteristics The Mericanel della Brianza has a simple 5 point crest and red earlobes. The average weight for roosters is 0.7–0.8 kg (1.5–1.8 lb), while hens weigh about 0.6–0.7 kg (1.3–1.5 lb). The eggs range from cream to light brown and weigh…
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