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Romagnola Chicken Breed Profile and Characteristics

Romagnola Chicken Breed Profile and Characteristics

Poultry
The Romagnola is a traditional dual-purpose chicken breed from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. In the past this breed was spread throughout Italy, however, it was close to extinction at the end of the 20th century. In early 2012, the population was recovering and the breed is awaiting official recognition from the Federation of Italian Poultry Associations. Romagnola Chicken Characteristics The Romagnola is a native breed that was once highly appreciated throughout Italy, this rustic and hardy bird has a certain tendency to fly, so it is recommended to breed in the open field with high fences and ample space to forage and find your food, different specimens prefer to sleep in the branches of trees, even under the snow defying the rigors of winter, to escape from their predators. I...
How to Diagnose and Treat Chicken Diarrhea Through Droppings

How to Diagnose and Treat Chicken Diarrhea Through Droppings

Poultry
How to diagnose and treat chicken diseases is the most common question chicken farmers are asking on daily basis. Raising chickens is a challenging task, especially for those who are not experienced enough around chickens. There are many types of chicken intestinal and digestive infections like diarrhea, salmonellosis, avian malaria, pasteurellosis, worm infestations, and the deadliest and most common coccidiosis. These diseases can be diagnosed by examining their droppings (chicken waste/manure), and their appearance especially their color. In this article, we will explore how to diagnose these diseases and recommend some drugs to treat chickens. When the droppings are wet with some bloodstains, it is highly likely that the chicken has bloody diarrhea or coccidiosis. If the dropp...
Polbar Chicken Breed Profile and Characteristics

Polbar Chicken Breed Profile and Characteristics

Poultry
The Polbar chicken is a breed of chicken native to Poland. It was developed by crossing Polish green-legged partridge hens with American Plymouth Rock roosters. The Polbar is an auto-sex breed, which means that we can differentiate from birth if the chicks are roosters or hens by a detectable characteristic in the color of their plumage. Polbar Chicken Characteristics The Polbar is a dual-purpose chicken breed prized for the excellent flavor of its meat and eggs. Its distinctive characteristics in backyard agriculture are its great independence in obtaining food, its high capacity for survival, and its resistance. In addition to the advantages mentioned, it is also important that they have unique genes, thanks to which they are a valuable gene pool, and are also material in poultry scien...
Midget White Turkey Breed Profile and Characteristics

Midget White Turkey Breed Profile and Characteristics

Poultry
The Midget White Turkey is a breed of domestic turkey named for its white plumage and small stature. The breed is the smallest standard variety of turkey, and with males around 13 pounds and females 8-10 pounds, it weighs only slightly more than larger chickens. Midget white turkeys are a rare breed of heritage turkeys that are rated “Critical” by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and are also listed in the Ark of Taste, a catalog of endangered foods. Midget White Turkey History and Origin The white dwarf turkey is a breed of domestic turkey from the United States. Named for its white plumage and small stature, it is the smallest standard variety of turkey, and today it is a rare inherited breed of turkey. It was created in the early 1960s by Dr. J. Robert Smyth of the Univers...
Royal Palm Turkey Breed Profile and Characteristics

Royal Palm Turkey Breed Profile and Characteristics

Poultry
The Royal Palm turkey is a breed of domestic turkey. One of the few turkeys not selected primarily for meat production, this breed of turkey is well known as an ornamental bird with a unique appearance, largely white with metallic black bands. Kept primarily as a show bird, or on small farms, it lacks the size necessary for large-scale commercial use. Pachos typically weigh 16 to 22 pounds and females 10 to 12 pounds. Cröllwitzer Turkeys are active birds, thrifty, excellent seekers, and good fliers, males are characterized by being non-aggressive, females are generally very good mothers, hens lay pale cream to medium brown eggs with spots, and they are also good as pets. Royal Palm Turkey Characteristics Turkeys of this type are birds of a relatively smaller size than other specimens,...
Jangmigye Chicken Breed Profile and Characteristics

Jangmigye Chicken Breed Profile and Characteristics

Poultry
The Jangmigye chicken is a peculiar breed of long-tailed bird originating from the Confederacy of the Small Mahan States of ancient Korea (modern North Korea). In some regions of Korea, it is known as Ginkkori-Dak. At present, the breed is mainly bred for ornamental purposes. Although, their numbers are still low. Jangmigye Chicken Characteristics The Jangmigye has many similarities to the German Phoenix breed, which developed from Japanese long tails. The Jangmigye have a simple red crest. The earlobes can be described as a combination of red and white. Their legs are dark gray or lead. They have reddish-brown eyes and the color of their skin is yellow. Breed varieties The Jangmigye is a beautiful breed that appears in a single-comb variety with Black, Black, or White-breasted plumage...
What Is Hubbard Chicken

What Is Hubbard Chicken

Poultry
Hubbard is a breeding company that produces colored Hubbard chicken broilers. Hubbard is a subsidiary of Aviagen – one of the two biggest breeders (The other is Cobb-Vantress) Aviagen ® is a global poultry breeding company that develops pedigree lines for the production of commercial broiler chickens under the Arbor Acres®, Indian River®, and Ross® brand names. The Rowan Range® and Specialty Males® are specialty breeding stocks from Aviagen that offer greater flexibility for customers to meet specific or niche market requirements. The company is based in Huntsville, Alabama, USA with several wholly-owned operations across the United Kingdom, Europe, Turkey, Latin America, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the U.S., and joint ventures in Asia. Aviagen employs more than ...
What is Saipan Jungle Fowl Chicken: Profile and Characteristics

What is Saipan Jungle Fowl Chicken: Profile and Characteristics

Poultry
The Saipan jungle fowl is a breed of chicken that was brought to the United States from Saipan Island in the Northern Mariana Islands, and that’s where its name comes from. At present this bird is extinct in its hometown, and it has not been confirmed if there are pure specimens in any part of the world. Saipan Jungle Fowl  Characteristics Saipan rainforest birds mature very slowly; It takes up to 3 years for them to reach full maturity. They are very tall birds, and the roosters can reach the size of 60cm to 1m in height. They also have very tight feathers and shorter tails than most other chicken breeds. The Saipan has a very muscular and upright posture that resembles eastern game birds like; the Malay, the Shamo, and the Asil. It has a flat crest and small red lobes. The birds of the...
Onagadori Chicken Breed Profile and Characteristics

Onagadori Chicken Breed Profile and Characteristics

Poultry
The Onagadori chicken (which means “Honorable Bird” translated from Japanese) is a rare breed of long-tailed chicken. It was raised in the 17th century in Kōchi prefecture, on Shikoku Island in southern Japan, and was recognized as a Japanese National Natural Treasure in 1952. It is one of the ancestors of the German Phoenix breed. Onagadori Chicken Breed Characteristics The main feature of the Onagadori is its exceptionally long tail, which can easily exceed 2 meters, and lengths of up to 10m have been achieved. The tail consists of approximately 16–18 feathers, which never molt under the right conditions and grow rapidly, gaining about 0.7–1.3 m per year. Onagadoris have individual ridges, the eyes are reddish-brown, and the earlobes are white. Breed Varieties The recognized c...
Robusta Maculata Chicken Breed Profile and Characteristics

Robusta Maculata Chicken Breed Profile and Characteristics

Poultry
Like its sister the Lionata, the Robusta Maculata was born between 1959 and 1965 at the Poultry Experiment Station in Rovigo; by selecting and crossing the buff Orpington and White Ameraucana. In this case, however, their plumage is different. This breed has become very popular in recent years, especially for its elegant appearance. Robusta Maculata  Features It is a rustic, medium-sized breed with slow-growing yellow skin and legs, which makes it ideal for extensive outdoor rearing for the production of quality meat. The average weight of Robusta Maculata is around 4 to 4.5 kg in roosters, while hens are around 3 kg. Breed Varieties One of the most striking characteristics of Robusta Maculata is its plumage. Which is quite irregular and difficult to standardize. Very often the ...