About Millefiori di Lonigo Chickens
|Millefiori di Lonigo Rooster (photo Luca Rizzini) |
di Lonigo chickens were shown
for the first time in 1934 at the Sixteenth Padua Trade Fair by the Itinerant
Lonigo Centre for Agricultural Research.
Some Millefiori di Lonigo chickens have been found in a traditional farm in
South-Veneto, Italy, and they have been studied for two years in order to
understand their real nature. Afterwards, the ri-selection of an ancient breed
started: the Millefiori di Lonigo.
The most common
problems were: rose eggs, red-veined earlobes, erect comb in female.
Many years of disorderly crossbreeding have partly distort the breed, but
hopefully the old progeny has not been completely lost.
Typical are the
late feathering, similar to Valdarnese, and the rotation on their axis of some
feathers of tail and wings, probably as disagreeable consequence of inbreeding.
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