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Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics
The Dutch Blue or North Holland Chicken (North Holland Blu) is an old Dutch breed derived from the Malines, the Sparrowhawk of Flanders, and the Sparrowhawk of Rennes.
It has a simple crest, tarsi red mumps and pinkish white skin. Light brown eggs.
Blue Sparrowhawk coloring (cuckoo on a very light base).
- Roosters 3.5 - 4.0 kg
- Hens 2.7-3.1 kg
Dutch Blue breed couple (photo www.hen-rietta.co.nz)
Dutch Blue hen
Breed standard - FIAV
I - GENERALITIES
Netherlands. Breed derived from Malines, from the Sparrowhawk of Flanders, and from the Sparrowhawk of Rennes. Created as a fattening breed and for a long time called the Dutch Blue.
Minimum weight g. 60
Shell color: light brown
II - TYPE AND ADDRESSES FOR THE SELECTION
General appearance and characteristics of the breed
Big chicken, wide and quite elongated, very soft plumage. Very good earliness and productivity.
III - STANDARD
Trunk: horizontal, medium length, wide and massive.
Head: large and wide.
Beak: medium length, strong and well curved; horn-colored.
Eyes: red-orange iris.
Crest: simple; with wide base, 4/5 wide teeth; fine texture; the lobe follows the line of the nape without leaning on it.
Bargigli: medium length; well rounded and fine texture; red.
Face: fine texture; red.
Mumps: medium size, elongated, smooth and red.
Neck: medium length and well curved; abundant cape.
Shoulders: wide and rounded.
Back: long, of constant width over its entire length; rounded on the sides; slightly concave. Wide croup, forms a rounded transition towards the tail; not rich in lanceolate.
Wings: of medium length; flow rates detected and well tightened to the body.
Tail: medium length, wide at the hairline; medium length sickle-shaped, well arched and well covering the helmsman; flow detected.
Chest: wide and deep; well rounded and slightly prominent; brought to a medium height. In the hen a little deeper than in the rooster.
Legs: legs of medium length, powerful and well-feathered. Medium length tarsi, strong, not feathered; flesh-colored to pearl gray. Four fingers, powerful and well spread.
Belly: well developed and rounded.
2 - WEIGHTS
ROOSTER: Kg. 3,5 - 4,0
HEN: Kg. 2,7 - 3,1
Mass missing subject.
3 - PLUMAGE
Conformation: thick, a little soft without forming bearings.
IV - COLORS
GALLO and GALLINA
Gray-blue sparrowhawk design on the whole coat.
Down jacket only faintly designed.
The hen as a whole is a little darker than the rooster.
Serious defects: strong brownish or straw shades; absence of the sparrowhawk design in the duvet. Too dark rooster; very dark hen; absence of drawing.