About Romagnola Chickens
|Romagnola cocks (photo Alessio Zanon) |
The breed was common
in Romagna and part of Emilia (Ravenna, Forli and Bologna). Fine boned. The
comb is single, of medium size, erect in the cock and folded in the hen, red,
smooth. The wattles are well developed. The earlobes are oval shaped, small,
cream-colored, sometimes with blue shades, especially in young animals. The
shanks can be pure yellow, yellow but spotted with dark, greenish or totally
dark, which is the favorite color. The liveries can be various, as shown by
historical pictures, but probably the most common types were: silver, silver
buttercup, golden buttercup, white, brown down.
The skin is various as well, but it’s frequently white.
This breed went under
selection by Experimental Poultry Station in Rovigo and by the Agricultural
Inspectorate of Ravenna County, which obtained homogeneous stocks of silver
buttercup, golden buttercup, silver penciled, golden penciled.
A small stock is
reared in collaboration with the University of Parma, at Veterinary Faculty. The
breed is included in a protection project supported by the Parma Province and
by Animal Production Department of the Faculty of Veterinary.
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