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Farm animals, who have lived alongside man for a lifetime, nourish him, keep him company, testify to a social and productive evolution that we do not yet know where it is taking us. Or maybe yes? Who knows. However, it is true that with the return to agriculture of the new generations, which made it a bit "4.0", there is also a slight return to courtyard animals. Let's see what they are and what characteristics they have. And also how to "host them".
Farm animals: list
The return to tradition, to the land. The escape from the cities to go and live in the provinces. These are two trends recorded in the last decade, in Italy but not only, and which coincide with the return of poultry animals.
Dogs and cats are on the rise, like guests in the house and in the garden, but next to them we also find different animals. For example, rabbits and chickens, cows and horses whenever possible. What if we have one farm also pigs, sheep, goats. With a pond, even ducks.
Ornamental courtyard animals: peacocks and other species
An unusual poultry animal but also much appreciated for the aesthetic contribution it gives, is the peacock. Symbol of beauty and royalty, it is present above all with the most widespread species, the Pavo cristatus and the Pavo muticus, both belonging to the order of the Gallinaceae and to the family of the Phasianidae as well as pheasants, quails, roosters and partridges.
The peacock is held in the courtyard, it was held, more than anything else, for meat, today mainly for ornamental reasons, reasons that have led to the birth of crossings such as the Nigripennis Peacocks, the White Peacocks, the Pied Peacocks and the Cameo Peacocks. These beautiful courtyard animals are similar in size to the common peacock but sport particular color combinations ranging from an unpredictable mix of bright or more pastel hues. THE "spalding" peacocks they are among the most admirable.
Farm animals: cages
There are countless types of cages for courtyard animals, it also depends on which of them they have to host. We can find many cages and fences also prefabricated in wood, well made, able to last a long time and withstand atmospheric agents. It is important to choose the cages for poultry animals with care so that they are safe but also respect the rights of the guests who must live there. In this regard, there are specific regulations to be respected.
Keeping of farmyard animals: legislation
Exploring the many occasions in which we can find ourselves having a poultry with us, we realize that there are different rules depending on the scope and purpose of his detention.
For example, to build a domestic chicken coop it is necessary to understand if it is possible keep the chickens in our town and in what number, at what distance from the border with neighbors' property. In general, there are three different regulatory areas to which domestic chicken coops are subject, just to give an example, remaining for family use.
It is necessary to consult the (national) legislation concerning the monitoring of the health status of poultry animals, the legislation (municipal) on hygiene and public health and the always municipal one, on construction. Let's not forget the rules of good neighborliness and common sense that are often not written but are very important.
Farm animals: breeding
It is not trivial to breed courtyard animals and for this there are people who study and deepen how to do it. Whether it's a job or a livelihood activity, or some sort of hobby. We are dealing with living beings.
This is why it is important raise awareness from an early age, people, so that they know how to recognize courtyard animals and recognize their rights. A great start is with this 0 to 2 year old book, Farmyard Animals from the "Pampering & cuddling"At 6.30 euros on Amazon.
Farmyard animals in the town
Always taking our example of the domestic chicken coop, to understand if we can insert it in an inhabited center we have to examine its dimensions. We take into account that up to 250 birds can be considered both for self-consumption and egg production plant, over 250 birds is exclusively from the egg production plant. Having said that, it is necessary to confront the national legislation but also with that relating to human health, regulated locally by the Municipalities
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