About Bianca di Saluzzo Chickens
|Bianca di Saluzzo hen (photo A. Zanon) |
traditionally reared in Piedmont were tw the Bionda Piemontese and the Bianca
di Saluzzo (or Bianca di Cavour).
Those two breeds
currently count a few hundreds animals, bred by a few local agricultural high
schools that took the initiative to revive and preserve the original type since
1999. Fertilized eggs, chicks, pullets and breeders can be bought from Institute
laying from 6-7th month. Eggs have white shell and the mean weight is 50 g. The
egg laying is higher in spring and summer with a mean production of 180 units.
The rate of hatching is high.
The quality of
the meat, depending on the rearing techniques and feeding, is high.
productions are the pullet (males and females from 22nd week) and Christmas
capons (from 30th week). Hens at the end of production are also valuable.
This breed is
very rustic, with an high capability to use pasture: it’s excellent to give
value to typical products from Piedmont.
and photo source: Agraria.org