About Ermellinata di Rovigo Chickens
The selection work started
in 1959 (and completed in 1965) at the Experimental Poultry Station in Rovigo,
a city in Northern Italy. The Sussex and Rhode Island Red contributed to its
creation. The aim of the selection was to obtain a good producer of valuable
meat and good layer.
They are a
double-purpose breed (meat and eggs), with good precocity. Also the hens can be
used in the interbreeding for the production of autosexing chicks.
The chicks are yellow
with light-grey wings. Adults have a “ermellinato” livery: white Columbian or
light (white livery with dark neck hackles and main tail feathers). Single
comb, red earlobes. Yellow skin and shanks. At 120 days, cockerels and pullets
reach the weight of 1.7-1.8 kg. The adult male weighs about 3.5 - 3.7 kg, the
female up to 2.4 - 2.5 kg. The hens lay about 170-190 rosy-shelled eggs a year,
of 55-60 g. Sexual maturity begins at 6-7th month in males and 5-6th month in
females. (The breed is very similar to the Columbian Plymouth Rock).
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