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November 2017

PatriMont-News November 2017

The PatriMont-News November 2017 (bilingual in German and Italian) with a special topic "Culinary uses old breeds" are published and can be downloaded here:


We introduce: Beauty Tyrolean Hen

photo Hape Grunenfelder, St.Gallen CH


Easter decorations in Valtellina

Our veterinarian Silvana Cerasa has again created a work of art: a wicker basket of wool with different colors of the Ciuta sheep.


February 2017: The next generation in becoming!

photo: Rainer Diewald, A-Rietz


Successful breeding season 2016

This year, for the first time, breeding groups of cuckoo colored Tyroleans could be formed. In the autumn leave (as in the photo) they appear well camouflaged.


Annual Meeting of PatriMont at Bruneck-Dietenheim (South Tyrol)

The Alpine Network Pro Patrimonio Montano has grown rapidly with its projects. Therefore the necessary steps to further development were discussed at the annual meeting. What concerns the Tyrolean chickens:
- the new regional structure was confirmed and expanded
- the management of the breeding register will be simplifyed
- animals shall be supplied also furthermore only within the former distribution area (see section "Participation").

The Folklore Museum Dietenheim in South Tyrol's Pustertal, which shows this year all autochthonous livestock breeds in living groups, gave the meeting an excellent frame.


PatriMont-News July 2016

The PatriMont-News July 2016 with a special topic to Black Alpine pigs - but also to the keeping of roosters in residential centres and to combat mites - are published and can be downloaded here:


Exposition of Tyrolean chicken at the 70th agricultural Expo in Trento

This event has entered in the history of Trento city becoming the spring event for excellence, for citizens, farmers and breeders. Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March 2016 in the pavilions of Trento Fiere in via Briamasco were welcomed more than 33,000 visitors. Thanks to the association Avicoltori Trentini we have been able to set up a proper space, among many other precious breeds, to present our Tyrolean chicken to the general public.

The audience has shown great interest and asked many questions, both for the Tyrolean breed recovery project, and for the characteristics of the Tyrolean hens. In two days of exhibition we have tried to raise awareness of the value of the breed. The colors, the tuft and morphological harmony were very appreciated, as the characteristics of frugality and docility that subjects exposed have been able to convey.


PatriMont-News December 2015

The PatriMont-News December 2015 with a special topic on Tyrolean chicken are published and can be downloaded here:


Regionalization with Tyrolean chicken breeding

With now 374 Tyrolean chickens (318 breeding and 56 reserve animals) in 66 breeding groups in 4 countries, breeding has reached a level that care of the breeders had to be distributed over many shoulders. Interested breeders have therefore been trained over the summer and are now available as regional coordinators. As the map shows, 14 regions can be covered at present. Names and contact details of the regional coordinators can be downloaded from Contacts

for enlarging please klick on the map


Egg production control

Across the whole laying period 2015, the laying performance of the Tyrolean chicken was recorded daily in a farm in Switzerland. 5 hens laid 969 eggs in this time, what corresponds to an average of 194 eggs per hen. The main laying period was from March to August. The hens were feeded with commercial organic feed (UFA Landi) without further additions. The animals had free run and access to meadows and undergrowth to take more agreeable food.


Stock numbers in autumn of 2015

Stock numbers
Breeding groups


74 breeding animals


31 breeding animals


118 breeding animals
20 reserve animals


95 breeding animals
36 reserve animals
374 animali


Election of Miss and Mister Tyrolean chicken in Switzerland

Winners are cuckoo and spotted animals, gold before silver
(winner always at left, second at right)


Breeding and breeding groups delivery in 2015

Also this year we only breed on order: There are only so many animals bred and raised as in autumn after the breeding value estimation can be issued. Who wants to take in summer-autumn 2015 new breeding groups of Tyrolean chicken (rooster with 3-5 hens), or who needs to replace an old breeding group should pre-register as soon as possible with:

In order to perform the estimation of breeding values properly, breeding groups will only be delivered in the former area of distribution (see, map below).



The PatriMont-News November 2014 are published and can be downloaded here:
Patrimont-News 2014-11.pdf


November 2014: A little sensation!

As posted on May 20, we found - thanks to hints of interested colleagues - in a remote area of the South Tyrolean Sarn valley possible remnants of the old Tyrolean chickens. In the further breeding there was now no splitting. As the photos show, all descendants have the same appearance. This is an indication that the animals found were not random crossbreds, but may actually be really last Tyrolean chicken. We will pursue the matter further!


Recognition of Tyrolean chicken in Italy

With Decree No. 19536 from Oct 1, 2014, the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Ministero delle Politiche Agricole, Alimentari e Forestali - MIPAAF) declared the Tyrolean chicken as an officially recognized chicken breed in Italy.


May 2014: Fund in a side valley of the Sarn Valley

Interested colleagues reported us last fall about particular chicken in a side valley of the South Tyrolean Sarn Valley. In a remote homestead on more than 1500 meters above sea level we came across a group of chickens that looked like the old Tyrolean chickens. According to the information received, these chickens have always been at the court. Whether there are actually remnants of the old Tyrolean, has yet to show.

We could exchange the group this spring against a group of New Tyrolean and take over. In the future breeding we will see if the offspring come out uniform or split in breeding. If the latter is the case, it will show a random crossing product of similar breeds. If the first case occurs, that would be a sensation. We are excited and hope that the still somewhat older animals provide still strong offspring!


Preparation of the 2014 brood

This year, just as many animals can be reared as breeding places are available. We are looking for interested parties who either hatch hatching eggs, day-old chicks or take heat lamps weaned pups and raise up to 17 weeks of age (with compensation of costs). Interested parties who participate in the rearing, are preferred for the supply of breeding groups.

Breeding only on order: There are only so many animals bred and reared, as will be issued after the breeding value estimation in the fall. Orders must therefore take place before the hatching egg insert in the spring. Those who wish to participate in the project and take a breeding group, address oneself to the contact persons listed under Contacts.


Dicember 2013

The Network for old Alpine breeds is called new "Pro Patrimonio Montano"
With the new commitment to
Ciuta sheep and black Alpine pigs, the main area of activity of the network has shifted from South-Tyrol / Western Austria / Eastern Switzerland to Trentino-Valtellina, ie from the German in the Italian-speaking world. Therefore it was decided to give the network a cross-language, Latin name, which is correct also in Italian. The new name is added in the communication by a short explication sentence in German, Italian and English.


October 2013: Breeding Development and breed standard

The stock has now risen to nearly 180 recorded breeding animals in a total of 30 breeding groups in 4 countries. Most animals are kept in color-mixed groups, but there are also pure white and pure black groups, jokingly called "snow-Tyrolean" or "chimney-Tyrolean". The appearance of the new Tyrolean was - apart from the color - from the beginning uniform, so that already a provisional breed standard could be formulated. The standard is now published on this website under the navigation line "Breeding" in German, Italian and English. The chicken population "colonizes" again large areas of the original distribution. In the South Tyrol-Trentino live 7 breeding groups, in North Tyrol 3, in Salzburg, Vorarlberg and in the German border region one group each, in Eastern Switzerland 14 and in Central Switzerland 3 breeding groups.


Autumn 2013: Takeover of further breeding areas

End of May 2013 Dr. Alessio Zanon from the Veterinary University of Parma , pig expert of the Italian organization for the conservation of endangered livestock breeds ( RARE ) , pointed out that a last group of small , black Valtellina pigs has survived in a Fattoria Didattica (school farm), but unfortunately will disappear. He asked to take conservation measures (Valtellina pigs are identical to the previous Grisons and Ticino pigs in neighboring Switzerland). In the knowledge that a breed is extinct before all the animals are dead, and because no one else was ready, the "Network for old Alpine breeds" - which among others is concerned with the backbreeding of the Tyrolean chicken - took over on an emergency basis these last black Alpine pigs.

In the frame of this rescue project and in contact with the official agencies of the veterinary and breeding services in Valtellina, the "Network" unexpectedly got also access to the last pure Ciuta sheep. The Ciuta lives in the Valtellina side-valley Val Masino and is the smallest sheep in the Alpine circle. Thanks to the veterinary service it was possible to buy two dozen animals and to establish new breeding nuclei.


2 June 2013

Tonight the Bayerische Rundfunk sent a TV show about old chicken breeds in the Alps (in German language!). In a 43-minute film the Sulmtaler, Altsteirer and Appenzeller Spitzhauben chicken are documented and the back-breeding project for Tyrolean chicken is shown in detail. Who wants to watch the program in full-length, finds it at the following URL:



Spring 2013

Just in time for Easter, the Tirolerhuhn-News Spring 2013 are now finished (unfortunately only available in German). It brings an experience report from the classroom, a historical perspective on the dissemination of pointed hood chickens in the central and eastern Alps, and other short messages. We are also pleased that the famous Children's Zoo Rapperswil (Switzerland) has taken a "kid friendly" breed group of New Tyrolean and wants to support the project of the Tyrolean chicken vigorously. With the following photo from South-Tyrol, we wish you all a Happy Easter!


Fiera della Gallina Polverara

On 8/9 December, a delegation of the Working Group Tyrolean chicken visited the "Fiera della Gallina Polverara", the festival in honor of Polverara-chicken at Polverara near Padua. Unfortunately, only a few of the barely a dozen remaining breeders of the Polverara breed presented their chickens. Interesting, however, were the conversations with Francesco Pianta, the organizer of the exhibition, and other breeders. On mediation of our host Andrea Mangoni even a meeting with the now 84-year-old Bruno Rossetto was possible who rescued and conserved the Polveraras since 1954. Rossetto gave us a "fire-headed" cock from his breeding (see picture). This cock is a genetic line not yet present in the retro-breeding project for the Tyrolean Chicken and therefore can provide fresh blood. At the end was a visit to the church of San Michele Arcangelo in Padua, to see the fresco of Polverara Chicken from the year 1397 with our own eyes.

Winter 2012

In the now ending breeding year over a dozen breeding groups could be placed. Unfortunately it was not enough for all interested parties. The Working Group will therefore keep a waiting list and hopes to have more breeding groups available in autumn 2013. For further information, the contact persons are at your disposal.

To keep breeders and interested persons informed what is going on with the Tyrolean chicken, to inform on successes and failures and to promote mutual exchange, the "Tirolerhuhn-News" have been created. This newsletter should not be a one way street, but to encourage feedback and suggestions. It will be distributed by e-mail 2-3 times annually. Unfortunately it is available only in German language up to now (subscription order here).

The "Tirolerhuhn-News" November 2012 can be downloaded here (News-12-11.pdf). You get a review of the breed in 2012 and the outlook for the coming breeding season.


Autumn 2012

In Switzerland, the formation of new breeding groups has already been completed, in the South Tyrol it is still in full swing. In Switzerland and in Italy different approaches were used for breeding, in Switzerland with specific matings, in South Tyrol with random pairings. The evaluations of results will be exciting ...

Particularly valuable to the New-Tyrolean - apart from their primaeval appearance - is its good impact on children and the almost complete absence of aggression. We hope that this will continue in subsequent generations.


Summer 2012

In the late summer-autumn 2012, once again the breeding base shall be widened. Newly formed breeding groups of pups of the year 2012 will be delivered at appropriate places. Those who wish to participate in the project and take a breeding group, address oneself to the contact persons listed under Contacts.

=> Please note: The delivery of the New-Tyrolean should not interfere with the conservation breeding of endangered local breeds!


Spring 2012

The second generation is here!
Of about a dozen breeds total of 220 New-Tyrolean hatched.