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Ducks: Casarca

Ducks: Casarca

Spread and habitat Lives in a vast range from eastern Europe to Asia and some areas of north-western and eastern Africa. There are many populations, some migratory and some permanent. It prefers the areas rich in fresh water, even if it does not disdain more sheltered sea coasts. Morphological characteristics The plumage of the male is rust-red, with a ring in the middle of the neck and the head faded towards white.

Ducks: Cairina moscata

Ducks: Cairina moscata

Spread and habitat Cairina moschata is a species native to Mexico, Central America and much of South America, where it extends from the coast of Peru to Santa Fe in Argentina. Some scholars believe that the conquistadors found the muscovy duck already domesticated and in various colors both on the northern shores of Columbia and in Peru.

Ducks: Gimbsheim duck

Ducks: Gimbsheim duck

Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics German breed selected between the years 1958 and 1963 in Gimbsheim in the Region of Rhineland and Palatinate.

Beekeeping: Apiary visits

Beekeeping: Apiary visits

They should be made when the weather is fine, in the hottest hours and preferably in the absence of wind. Once the suit has been inserted, we can light the smoker using corrugated cardboard, natural fabric or pine bark and needles; we wear mask and gloves (the most daring can do without it). We lift the cable cover with the lever and immediately introduce a few puffs of smoke, after which we place the cable cover on the ground.

Ducks: American-type Beijing

Ducks: American-type Beijing

Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics There are currently two varieties: the American and the German. The selection of the latter is purely German and English and has led to the formation of a more upright type with yellowish white plumage. American Peking has pure white plumage.

Ducks: Saxony

Ducks: Saxony

Origin, spread and economic characteristics Saxon duck (in German Sachsenenten) is a heavy breed originating in Germany, on average widespread. Selected from the crossing of the Rouen Duck with the German Peking Duck and the Pomeranian Duck. Morphological characteristics Country-style duck, powerful, with long and wide trunk, without keel.

Atlas of Pheasants: Golden pheasant Crysolophus pictus

Atlas of Pheasants: Golden pheasant Crysolophus pictus

Classification and distribution - Golden pheasantRed: AnimalsPhylum: CordatiSubphylum: VertebratesClass: BirdsOrder: GalliformesFamily: PhasianidesGender: ChrysolophusSpecies: C. pictusIt is a widespread species in captivity; in nature it is endemic to the shrub hills of southwestern China.

Ducks: Boubourg duck

Ducks: Boubourg duck

Origin, spread and economic characteristics Old French heavy breed. Morphological characteristics and very similar to Aylesbury. Boubourg ducks.

Ducks: Turkish Fistione

Ducks: Turkish Fistione

Spread and habitat Lives in some areas of Europe and Asia. Some populations are migratory, others sedentary and others still erratic. It prefers the northernmost areas but not beyond the 55th parallel. Very silent, she loves reeds where she feels protected and safe. Much appreciated as an ornamental duck for its easy adaptability, beauty and ease of breeding.

Ducks: Tufted duck

Ducks: Tufted duck

Diffusion and habitat Migratory species widespread in Europe. Generally it reproduces north of the 48th parallel. It is found in open areas with large ponds, pools or other sources of not too deep water. It also does not mind sheltered beaches. Elegant diving duck, it adapts well to life in captivity.

Ducks: Challans

Ducks: Challans

Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics Duck Challans (or Nantes duck) is a production of the marshy region of Brittany and Vendée (France) where companies have been breeding common breed ducks for centuries which are easily fertilized by wild step ducks in winter.

Beekeeping: Royal Jelly

Beekeeping: Royal Jelly

It is the product of the secretion of the hypopharyngeal and mandibular glands of worker bees that develop from 5 to 14 days of the adult phase. It is a substance totally of animal origin and is the only food for the queen bees and the food of all the larvae for the first three days of life.

Ducks: Tufted

Ducks: Tufted

Origin, spread and economic characteristics Light duck characterized by the presence of a tuft of feathers on the top of the head. It descends from Mallard and has no certain native land. Raised in many states of the world both for the production of meat and eggs and for ornamental purposes.

Ducks: Welsh Harlequin - Harlequin of Wales

Ducks: Welsh Harlequin - Harlequin of Wales

Origin, spread and economic characteristics Like all breeds of ducks created in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Harlequin Ducks of Wales or Welsh Harlequin also carry the genetic makeup of the Indian Corritories. Over the years, this has guaranteed him exceptional vitality and resistance deriving from heterosis, also this genetic makeup has transformed them into an excellent laying duck.

Ducks: Orpington Fulva

Ducks: Orpington Fulva

Origin, spread and economic characteristics The Orpington duck is a duck with a bizarre history and selection, created by one of the greatest poultry breeders ever, William Cook of Kent, who not only did not achieve the minimum objective that the its creator had set himself, that is, beat the creature of Mrs. Campbell, but which has also proved difficult in breeding due to a complex genetic makeup.

Atlas of Pheasants: Pheasant of Lady Amherst Chrysolophus amherstiae

Atlas of Pheasants: Pheasant of Lady Amherst Chrysolophus amherstiae

Classification and distribution - Lady Amherst's pheasantReal: AnimalsPhylum: CordatiSubphylum: VertebratesClass: BirdsOrder: GalliformesFamily: PhasianidesGender: ChrysolophusSpecies: C. amherstiaePretty common in captivity, in nature it is native to the mountains of eastern China, Tibet and Burma; it lives in the woods and hills covered with shrubs and bamboo, between 2000 and 3000 meters high.

Beekeeping: Insertion of a new queen

Beekeeping: Insertion of a new queen

To introduce a new queen into a family, precautions must be taken.If we raised the queen on our own, we need to mark it on the chest with the color of the year to capture it and put it in a cage for queens, while if we buy the queen from a specialized breeder it will be already in the cage.

Beekeeping: Artificial and natural swarming

Beekeeping: Artificial and natural swarming

Swarming is the definitive departure, from a colony, of a queen followed by a part of the workers. Swarming represents the opportunity for bees to spread their species and is a hereditary characteristic common to all Apis species, more or less highlighted according to the breeds.

Atlas of Pheasants: Chinese pheasant Phasianus colchicus torquatos

Atlas of Pheasants: Chinese pheasant Phasianus colchicus torquatos

Classification and distribution - Chinese pheasantRed: AnimalsPhylum: CordatiSubphylum: VertebratesClass: BirdsOrder: GalliformesFamily: PhasianidaeGender: PhasianusSpecies: P. colchicus torquatusThe Chinese Pheasant (or Pheasant torquato) is a species not very widespread in captivity; it originates from China.

Ducks: Overberg

Ducks: Overberg

Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics Medium-sized breed originating in Holland, selected at the beginning of the twentieth century. It lays around 180-200 eggs per year with a white shell. Breed appreciated both for the production of eggs and meat. Morphological characteristics Coloration: Wild Silver Blue.