About Romagnola Chickens
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-coloured, 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 favourite colour. 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
Agricoltural Inspectorate of Ravenna County, which obtained homogeneous stocks
of silver buttercup, golden buttercup, silver pencilled, golden pencilled.
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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