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Blonde piedmontese hen: quality eggs and meat

Recovered from extinction, this breed with an early development is rustic and resistant to diseases, characteristics that make it particularly easy to breed.

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The Blonde piedmontese hen is a traditional breed, typical of the Cuneo area.


Identikit and main features

The Blonde piedmontese hen is a medium sized hen, with a red crest with four or six teeth, erected in the cock and loppy in the female. The jowls are red,  beak and skin are yellow. The plumage colour varies from the blonde to fallow deer colour. It is pearly white colour with a tail of the same colour which is kept raised and slightly open in the hen. The weight of adult hens varies from between 1,9 and 2,4 kg, while that of adult females are from between 1,7 and 2,2 kg.

Area of production

The breeding area overlaps with some of those of the Cuneo and Asti province.


The Blonde piedmontese hen is a local variety which has begun to spread from the last century. In 1800 over 50% of the farms production was involved in the poultry commerce. Hens were bred the farmhouses to nourish the families, but also to produce eggs and meats to sell at the local market. Between 1930 and 1950 the Istituto Zootecnico and Caseario for Piedmont decided to improve this type of breeding.

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