Paduan Chicken

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Paduan Chicken

This very distinctive chicken breed has a long beard, fleshy red nostrils framing its beak, side whiskers and a tuft of long, pointed feathers sprouting from the top of the head and cascading down over the eyes. Squinting through the feathers, its field of vision is quite limited, which explains its hesitant gait. The plumage can be black, white, gold, tan or silver. In the early 20th century there were still several thousand of the chickens left, but by the 1960s they had almost completely disappeared. The breed was preserved in Italy by the Duca degli Abruzzi Institute in Padua.

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Several years ago, an association was founded to protect the breed, Pro Avibus Nostris, which unites eight farmers. At the start, the birds were kept only as a hobby, but since the Presidium was started in 2000, the Paduan Chicken gradually found a small market, making appearances on the menus of restaurants in Padua, in poultry butchers and specialist shops. Currently the producers still have problems connected to the reproduction and improvement of the breed, but much progress has been made: A production protocol specifies open-air grazing and a natural diet based on cereals with no GMO or industrial feed.

Production area
Padua Province

Presidium supported by
Veneto Regional Authority, Padua Chamber of Commerce
Pro Avibus Nostris
(Associazione per la
salvaguardia delle razze avicole)
c/o Istituto Superiore
d'Istruzione Agraria
Duca degli Abruzzi
Padova
via Cave, 172
tel. +39 049 620274 - 333 1209789
professionale_pd@ducabruzzi.it
www.gallinapadovana.org
www.ducabruzzi.it
L'Istituto ha una piccola attività di allevamento e gestisce l'incubatoio della razza, fornendo agli altri allevatori i pulcini di razza padovana.

Bacco e Arianna
Vo’ (Pd)
Via Cà Sceriman, 784
Tel. +39 049 9940187

Michela Compagnin
Casalserugo (Pd)
via Gruato, 11
tel. +39 049 643355

Associazione Culturale
La Fattoria in Città
di Alberto Sartori
Padova
via Madonna della Salute, 7/bis
tel. +39 049 605855 - 347 0174342
lafattoriaincitta@virgilio.it
www.lafattoriaincitta.org

Giorgio Franceschetto
Cervarese Santa Croce (Pd)
Via Sacchette, 28
Tel. +39 049 9915945

L'Orto a quadretti
di Carlo Bettio
Rubano (Pd)
via Pordenone, 7
tel. +39 347 8748224
carletto.bettio@libero.it

Carlo Sartori
Vaccarino di Piazzola
sul Brenta (Pd)
via Gomiero, 42
tel. +39 049 9050063

Agriturismo Papaveri e Papere
di Raffaella Bottazzin e figli
Santa Maria di Sala (Ve)
località Caltana,
via Caltana, 1 b
tel. e fax +39 041 5732462
+39 041 5732155 - 331 6674231
agriturismopapaveriepapere@gmail.com

Sandra Zaramella
Saccolongo (Pd)
Via Bellinaro, 75
Tel. +39 339 3177978
petardo.sa@tiscali.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Gabriele Baldan
Tel. +39 049 620274 +39 049 620274
info@gallinapadovana.org

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Gianni Breda
Tel. +39 049 619814
giannibreda@tin.it
Several years ago, an association was founded to protect the breed, Pro Avibus Nostris, which unites eight farmers. At the start, the birds were kept only as a hobby, but since the Presidium was started in 2000, the Paduan Chicken gradually found a small market, making appearances on the menus of restaurants in Padua, in poultry butchers and specialist shops. Currently the producers still have problems connected to the reproduction and improvement of the breed, but much progress has been made: A production protocol specifies open-air grazing and a natural diet based on cereals with no GMO or industrial feed.

Production area
Padua Province

Presidium supported by
Veneto Regional Authority, Padua Chamber of Commerce
Pro Avibus Nostris
(Associazione per la
salvaguardia delle razze avicole)
c/o Istituto Superiore
d'Istruzione Agraria
Duca degli Abruzzi
Padova
via Cave, 172
tel. +39 049 620274 - 333 1209789
professionale_pd@ducabruzzi.it
www.gallinapadovana.org
www.ducabruzzi.it
L'Istituto ha una piccola attività di allevamento e gestisce l'incubatoio della razza, fornendo agli altri allevatori i pulcini di razza padovana.

Bacco e Arianna
Vo’ (Pd)
Via Cà Sceriman, 784
Tel. +39 049 9940187

Michela Compagnin
Casalserugo (Pd)
via Gruato, 11
tel. +39 049 643355

Associazione Culturale
La Fattoria in Città
di Alberto Sartori
Padova
via Madonna della Salute, 7/bis
tel. +39 049 605855 - 347 0174342
lafattoriaincitta@virgilio.it
www.lafattoriaincitta.org

Giorgio Franceschetto
Cervarese Santa Croce (Pd)
Via Sacchette, 28
Tel. +39 049 9915945

L'Orto a quadretti
di Carlo Bettio
Rubano (Pd)
via Pordenone, 7
tel. +39 347 8748224
carletto.bettio@libero.it

Carlo Sartori
Vaccarino di Piazzola
sul Brenta (Pd)
via Gomiero, 42
tel. +39 049 9050063

Agriturismo Papaveri e Papere
di Raffaella Bottazzin e figli
Santa Maria di Sala (Ve)
località Caltana,
via Caltana, 1 b
tel. e fax +39 041 5732462
+39 041 5732155 - 331 6674231
agriturismopapaveriepapere@gmail.com

Sandra Zaramella
Saccolongo (Pd)
Via Bellinaro, 75
Tel. +39 339 3177978
petardo.sa@tiscali.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Gabriele Baldan
Tel. +39 049 620274 +39 049 620274
info@gallinapadovana.org

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Gianni Breda
Tel. +39 049 619814
giannibreda@tin.it

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RegionVeneto

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